Below you will find the list of recommended virtual aviation software - flight simulators and virtual-ATC networks. This page lists products, which are developed by third parties, never affiliated with STICLI Games. This list contains virtual flight software that we have used and find great! It does not imply or in any way impose that companies developing these fine products adore or advise software created by STICLI Games. This list is intended for players who would like to expand their knowledge of aviation, practice procedure training and enjoy the pilot and air traffic controllers' side of aviation.
Prepar3D by Lockheed Martin (formerly Microsoft Flight Simulator) - the all-time best Flight Simulator for PC. Over 30 years of product life (started in 1982), the father of all flight simulation products. After being sold to Lockheed Martin changed its name to Prepar3D, obtained DX11 support, bathymetry, tesselation, cloud shadows and many other fantastic details. Fully functional virtual cockpits, all the world's airports, commercial and free add-ons of amazing quality, layered world structure. If you have never seen any product in this series, you should definitely try Prepar3D! It's awesome!
FlightGear - an open-source multi-authored Flight Simulator. Worth having a look, especialy if you are into open-source )
X-Plane - a very controversial Flight Simulator, resource-hungry and slightly overloaded with settings\configs, but at that price comes simulation of local atmosphere around airfoil and great details. We recommend this product if you have a powerful PC with lots of everything and time to tweak around to get the optimal flight sim experience.
IVAO - International Virtual Aviation Organization - as the name implies a virtual analogue of ICAO, but in reality it's hands down THE best virtual ATC network with friendly staff, multi-lingual divisions all around the world, support for all three Flight Sims mentioned above, very handy custom pilot and ATC software (IVAC\IVAP). Each day thousands of virtual pilots and controllers connect to IVAO for live voice-ATC using real-world phraseology and software that mimics real world ATC software (including primary\secondary flight radar, PAR, QDM etc). You can see what's happening on IVAO right now thanks to WebEye
VATSIM - International Online Flying Network - 'the other network' )) Don't get us started on with another decades-long holywar ) Let's just say, VATSIM has voice-comm capabilities, pilot and atc-software and some attitude from back in the days)