Flight simulator games: Top games for aviation geeks

Aviation World | June 01, 2020
Flight simulator games: Top games for aviation geeks

If you are into technology and into aviation, chances are you very much into flight simulator games. If you are not you are missing a lot!

Flight simulator games give you a chance to have fun in a world that you love and find interesting. They allow you to spend a relaxing time in the virtual skies.

So here are the top flight simulator games for aviation geeks, try them this summer!

X-Plane 11 Global Flight Simulator

X-Plane 11 Global Flight Simulator

Officially released on March 30, 2017, X-Plane is a flight simulator game produced by Laminar Research.

It is available for both desktop and mobile. This flight simulator with its 3D cockpits and realistic landscapes delivers a wonderful gaming experience for serious aviation fans.

You can even build your airplane, design your airport, and share them with other players. Additionally, the simulator allows users to change flight conditions.

X-plane is the most realistic flight simulator game; it is even used sometimes for flight training purposes.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator is a series of flight simulator games, for the Microsoft Windows. This series is one of the best as well as the longest-running home flight simulator programs.

In the market for 35 years now, Microsoft Flight Simulator is probably the longest-running PC game series of all time.

This simulator allows you to fly across the world, plan your own routes, and create your own airplanes. Moreover, you get to accomplish missions given by the game.

Microsoft Flight Simulator For X-box 

The world is developing rapidly so that Microsoft Flight Simulator updated itself to keep pace with the new era with its new capabilities, so you can enjoy the more realistic flight simulator game through your x-box, now it’s available for both desktop and x-box too.


If you’re searching how to be a pilot and learn how to fly, here is the cheapest and fastest flight training as Microsoft Flight Simulator looks the same as the real one, and give you the chance to act under real situations including difficult one and funny which let you enjoy more and merge with it as if its reality. 

FlightGear Flight Simulator

FlightGear Flight Simulator

FlightGear Flight Simulator is a free, open-source multi-platform flight simulator developed by the FlightGear project.

The project was first released in 1997 and continued to develop ever since.

The game features numerous aircraft and landscapes, and more are added continuously. It can be played solo or multiplayer.

IL-2 Sturmovik

IL-2 Sturmovik

This series of World War II combat flight simulator video games were originally created by Maddox Games.

The series features a huge number of flyable aircraft of various origins, historical aircraft that participated in the war. The Different installments of the series feature the different theaters of World War II.

IL-2 Sturmovik is one of the leading World War II flight simulators, and one of the most popular. The newest edition of the IL-2 Sturmovik series is IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad was released in November 2013. There is a new one expected to be released this year though.

Digital Combat Simulator

Digital Combat Simulator

Digital Combat Simulator, also known as DCS, is a series of combat flight simulator games. It was developed by Eagle Dynamics and first released in 2008.

The accuracy of the aircraft simulation differs greatly according to the type of flight model, and the edition of the game.

DCS World includes a mission editor for user-created tasks. This allows users to extend provided missions, or create their own unique missions.

Airport City

Airport City

Okay maybe not a flight simulator, but we had to include Airport City because of its extreme playability! This is one of the most engaging and the most fun airplane games. And it is available for both desktop and mobile.

The aim is to build your airport, manage it, and expand your fleet. In addition to that, you can start up your own space exploration program, how cool is that!

You start the game with a small airport comprising a single runway, a few crew members, and very basic operational buildings.

You upgrade your airport by completing different missions, arranging flights to travel around the world, and upgrade the adjacent support city while expanding your airport. Your mission should you choose to accomplish it is to become an aviation mogul and build an outstanding airport.

Thrustmaster HOTAS X

Flight Hotas X is a programmable joystick and throttle that is compatible with PCs and PS3 systems for realistic flight simulation.

The Hotas joystick features a large throttle that is used to control the aircraft speed and acceleration, in addition, the throttle is detachable so you can detach it to re-create real piloting conditions.

Depending on your playstyle, you may want to use a super sensitive joystick that responds to slight touches. With the stiffer joystick, it provides greater resistance when moving it. The resistance of T. Flight Hotas X can be adjusted to adapt to your personal preferences.

Real Flight RF9 Flight Simulator 

RealFlight is the first RC flight simulator in the world, absolutely its the best tool new RC pilots which helps you to learn how to fly. 

RealFlight helps you to enjoy practicing new maneuvers and to improve the skills that may help you to become a better pilot.

RealFlight offers more than 160 different aircraft, the most popular is airplanes, helicopters, and drones. Plus RealFlight gives you the chance to edit aircraft and sites, there is an unlimited number of flying options available.

A multiplay option is available so you can fly and compete with a group of pilots available online which makes flight training game funny.

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