The latest upgrade brings FlightGear to up
to version 2.8. Looking at the site
several improvements have been listed.
- Placement of buildings
and objects now better match the surrounding terrain.
- Improved atmosphere such
as better lighting, haze and weather .
- Project Rembrandt
- New aircraft and more.
All photos are
from the FlightGear Website
I think this is a great free package that
has developed through the years into a program with some great
graphics and flight simulation physics.
Having said that, I will say this is not
Microsoft Flight Simulator and it will not have the look and
slickness of installation of the Microsoft software.
It may not be as plug and play as Flight
simulator or other polished titles but you just can't beat the
price. It's well worth installing on your machine especially if
you're not sure about spending money on a flight simulator
Head over to the official site at
http://www.flightgear.org you can find out all about it.
There is also a great review of the program at the Fly
Away Simulations website at http://flyawaysimulation.com.
The Other FlightGear
This program has taken in quite a
few people at a hefty price. They seem to change the name
whenever the heat is turned up or the program is highlighted by
legitimate reviewers on the internet. Here are some excerpts
from around the web. Buyer beware!
"Review of Pro Flight Simulator
Pro Flight Simulator is a
commercial product very heavily based on FlightGear.
Investigation by a number of the FlightGear developers has found
no difference between this and the FlightGear v1.9.1 release
other than a change of name. Pro Flight Simulator is in no way
endorsed or supported by the core FlightGear development team.
Given the similarities between
Pro Flight Simulator and FlightGear, we would recommend that
prospective buyers download FlightGear for free and satisfy
themselves that Pro Flight Simulator provides worthwhile value
for money before purchasing it."
"What are the differences between
As far as we have been able to
make out, the only difference between FlightGear v1.9.1 and Pro
Flight Simulator is a change in name throughout the software,
and the fact that you have to pay for it."
"Legal or illegal?
license, under which FlightGear is released, allows reselling
under certain terms. The main issue that FlightGear developers
have is the misleading marketing tactics used by pro flight sim
that target unsuspecting users who aren't yet familiar with
FlightGear. This is primarily an ethical, not a legal issue."
"Has Pro Flight Simulator
contributed to the FlightGear project at all?
A link that sums it all up:
Apps Apps Apps
The proliferation of devices such as
the iPad, iPod, Android tablet and Android phones have created a
new source for programs for flight simulation enthusiasts.
Apps, short for applications, are small
programs designed to operate on these devices. They include
everything from GPS to tons of games. The great news is there
are also quite a few apps written for aviation and flight
We're focusing on flight simulation
here. Most likely if you have one of these devices you're aware
of many of the apps that are available for flight simulation.
Although my search didn't reveal any
free ad-on or flight simulator utility apps there is a wide
range of apps for practically nothing considering most apps cost
from $3.99 to $4.99 in price.
These are some of the Apps available.
fsxfollow is an app that will
let you use your iPad of iPhone as a moving map display. It
works with Flight Simulator X, FS9 and X-Plane. More at:
FSXControl puts the aircraft
controls on the iPad device. Controls such as flaps, video
window, Com radios and autopilot just to name a few.
FSXApproach is used to set up
for an approach to any runway in the world. These apps all can
be found at the above url.
There are many more apps out there for
your consumption. If you have an iPad or Android or Windows
device times couldn't be better.
Infinite Flight is a full
fledged mobile flight simulator for the Windows 7 phone. There
is also X-Plane 9 mobile for the iPhone these are more on
the full fledged flight simulator side rather than an add on or
utility. A full review of Infinite flight can be found at Fly
Image from Fly Away Sims website
Touch Pilot One is another cool app
that gives you control of your simulator aircraft here's a quote
from the site
"Touch Pilot OneTM
allows you to control a flight simulator from your tablet. Use
the on-screen controls to adjust your throttle, gear, flaps, and
more with just a touch. Now you donít have to remember all those
keyboard commands! It transmits commands over WiFi, and works
with any flight simulator running on a Windows
PC. The app is available now for iPad and Android tablets."
Check it out at
Well that's it for now hope you enjoyed
this issue and take away and idea for your next adventure. Until
next issue enjoy the flight.
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