An open source simulator for everyone
FlightGear was designed and released to be freely used by anyone. It can serve educational purposes, assist with training and other scenarios where using a plane is required. Being a vast and elaborate open source project, it doesn’t benefit from high end graphics so from a visual point of view, FlightGear will not impress you.
On the other hand, a lot of thought has been put into creating the simulator so it’s as close as possible to depicting the cockpit of a real plane, as well as reproducing real life weather conditions. FlightGear provides three dynamic models from which you can choose and also supplies accurate data for world scenery.
A large number of planes and airports
FlightGear comes with over twenty airplane models to choose from, both commercial jets and one man fryers. In case you’re looking for an out of this world experience, you also get to pilot a UFO. The latter might prove a bit problematic when it comes to controls as it’s fairly complicated to pilot a small normal craft.
Nonetheless, the simulator comes with a built-in tutorial system that guides you through each step of the takeoff, flight and landing stages. FlightGear isn’t necessarily hard to use or explore, but it will take a couple of hours to get used to the plane controls and how you switch between them.
All-in-all, FlightGear might not be the best looking flight simulator out there, but it is open source so you have the freedom to enhance or customize it any way you see fit. It’s a good platform to get started on.
Reviewed by Alexandru Chirila on September 3rd, 2014
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- Major enhancements in this release:
- Aircraft Modeling:
- A Failure Management Framework for FlightGear has been added
- The JSBSim flight dynamics model now has support for ground effects like bumpiness, solid-ground detection and adjusting of friction factors. Additionally, bogey type contact points sink in non-solid surfaces, making it no longer possible to ride on water.
Game descriptionFlightGear is a free flight simulator project. It is being developed through the gracious contributions of source code...