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FlightGear for Windows

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Version 2.12.1.

FlightGear Flight Simulator is an open-source project. Users can download it anytime and copy it to as many machines as they like. It can run on Windows (98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista and 7), Mac, Linux, Solaris, and IRIX platforms. Frustrated by the lack of customization and extensibility available in commercial projects, FlightGear’s founders wanted to create a simulator where educators, researchers, pilots, and flight simulation enthusiasts could build their own aircraft. FlightGear is bound by the open-source GPL license which allows anyone to contribute code, join development teams, and add aircraft and scenery.

A United Airlines Boeing 737 being flown in the FlightGear flight simulator for Windows.

A United Airlines Boeing 737 being flown in the FlightGear flight simulator for Windows.

None of that would matter much if the flight experience didn’t shine. FlightGear’s excellent flight dynamics models (FDM) are based on JSBSim, the main FDM since 2000, UIUC, or YAsim. The latter two were created solely for FlightGear.  FlightGear’s FDM’s are known for their realistic flying experience. For example, some users report that the FlightGear Cessna 172 tends to pull to the left, a common characteristic of single engine planes in real life. 

Information from the FlightGear Wiki Page:

FlightGear Flight Simulator (often shortened to FlightGear or FGFS) is a free, open-source multi-platform flight simulator developed by the FlightGear project since 1997.

David Murr started the project on April 8, 1996. The project had its first release in 1997 and continued in development, the most recent release being version 2.4.0 in August 2011. It has specific builds for a variety of operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, IRIX, and Solaris. FlightGear code is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, thus being free software.

The commercial products Flight Pro Sim, Pro Flight Simulator, and others, are direct copies of FlightGear.

FlightGear may be free, but it doesn’t skimp on features, and rivals commercial packages with excellent airports, aircraft, and scenery.

Airports

Users can travel to over 20,000 airports worldwide. Each has accurate markings and lighting configurations. Bigger airports have taxiways complete with center lighting. FlightGear’s emphasis on realism is reflected in little details like sloping runways, airfield lights that change intensity as the view alters, and accurate runaway markings. 

Scenery

FlightGear uses the most accurate terrain graphics modeling in the world. SRTM, or Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, is a joint task force of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and NASA. Under the auspices of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, they have created a high-resolution database of Earth’s topography. Recent versions include updated Australian and South Sea island data.

As a result, FlightGear’s scenery is robust and vivid. Sparkling lakes and towering mountains fill the landscape. Buildings and infrastructure are accurate to the finest detail. At night, darkness is pierced by an expansive grid of brightly lit homes and streets. Pilots can even see the headlights of cars and trucks on the highways below.

Time of Day Modeling

FlightGear uses “time of day modeling” which means that the scenery accurately reflects the actual time of day. The sun, moon, and stars appear and fade right on schedule as days turn into night and back again. Users can set FlightGear to their own computer clock so that it depicts the real time of day in their zone. The system even tracks seasonal changes, with fewer daylight hours in winter and longer days in summer.

Loyal Fans

FlightGear is the kind of project that generates loyal fans. It has an amazing 93 percent approval rating at Sourceforge.net, one of the main download sites. At the FlightGear forums, one user explains, “Flight Gear is to flight simulation what Gran Tourismo is to driving simulations. It simply rocks. There are some Aircraft available that really behave very neatly like the real thing.”

Another user is more direct: “I choose FlightGear because it kicks Microsoft's FSX arse! Multiplayer AND free AND a flight sim? YES PLEASE!” 

As can be seen, FlightGear fans love its potent mix of variety, power, flexibility, extensibility, and price- totally free.

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Rating

This file has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5 with a total of 34 votes and 13 review comments.

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Setup FlightGear 2.12.1.exe
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13 comments... read them below

tglhowieSun, 10 Mar 2013 23:18:42 GMT

Won't initialize or launch - telling me there isn't enough room? Why can't these so so smart computers take care of these annoying problems? The FAQ pages just make me want to abort the whole mess.

Albert OsaeMon, 04 Mar 2013 21:54:55 GMT

looks good, will try it.

Pro MemberMrLouTue, 19 Jul 2011 11:00:25 GMT
It sucks!
Pro MembertonnytotWed, 18 Aug 2010 01:08:03 GMT
Come on guys, you can't be serious. Christ, this sucks! What a waste of time.
Pro MemberhamedxSat, 15 May 2010 20:52:31 GMT
sanks
Pro MemberangieThu, 25 Feb 2010 04:21:55 GMT
looks intense but sadly my com wont let me :(
Pro MemberAnchorman7nThu, 16 Jul 2009 19:25:23 GMT
looks good
Pro Memberdaddy1968Fri, 03 Oct 2008 02:34:27 GMT
slow
Pro MemberGippy1993Thu, 02 Oct 2008 22:34:18 GMT
im downloading it now at the moment, it look's great and i hope it will be !
Pro MemberjlhughesWed, 01 Oct 2008 23:10:04 GMT
it dose take to long to download and it is a too bigger size to download but it is setup niceley for download and installation so i will have to rate 10
Pro MemberlentomikaelThu, 06 Mar 2008 16:38:33 GMT
This is quite good!
Pro MemberkenliviaFri, 15 Feb 2008 10:11:56 GMT
absolutly super freebie!!!! many thanks
Pro Memberfriendshard2findWed, 26 Dec 2007 15:54:40 GMT
This is by far one of the best programs I have ever downloaded from this site. It's everything they claim it to be and then some. I would reccommend taking the time to download this program!

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