FlightGear- Opensource flight simulator

Did you ever want to fly a plane yourself, but lacked the money or ability to do so? Are you a real pilot looking to improve your skills without having to take off? Do you want to try some dangerous maneuvers without risking your life? Or do you just want to have fun with a more serious game without any violence? If any of these questions apply to you, PC flight simulators are just for you.

The FlightGear flight simulator  is an open-source software, multi-platform, it is primarily aimed at civilian flight simulation. It should be appropriate for simulating general aviation as well as civilian aircraft.

-Screenshots from FlightGear website-

The FlightGear support multiple range of platforms :

  • Linux (any distribution and platform),

  • Windows NT/2000/XP (Intel/AMD platform),

  • Windows 95/98/ME,


  • Sun-OS,

  • Macintosh.

-Screenshots from FlightGear website-

At present, there is no other known flight simulator – commercial or free – supporting such a broad range of platforms.

If you want to install Flightgear on Ubuntu :

sudo apt-get install flightgear

If you want to install the software in other platforms :


If you want to add more airplans see here :


Links :

  • Bob Slydel

    This game SUCKS from a gamer/novice point of view. So far as I can tell, you have to be a programmer to setup ANYTHING other than the default plane on the default airstrip. I would like to be able to pick a plane and an airstrip from a menu, not hack the damned source to get what I want.

  • Anonymous

    “So far as I can tell”
    This should warn anybody who believes this nonsense.

  • peter

    Has anyone been able to get Flightgear a flight simulator or any other flight sim to work in a ubuntu environment or any other environment. I used one years ago and had great time but now nothing seems to work. Any quick fixes out there , or slow ones? Please comment

  • http://drsjlazar.blogspot.com shane

    Bob is both right and wrong.

    Flightgear is a flight *simulator*. It is not an arcade style game to just muck around. You need to have some understanding of flying in order to get the most out of the game. Also, a joystick is pretty much necessary to get analog control of the plane like in real flying.

  • derek

    There is a program called fgrun, which is also shipped with the windows version, that will do exactly what bob wants. It’s a graphical application to select a plane (with 3d preview), airport and runway/parking position and will start Flightgear. You can also adjust the most relevant settings. Kind of like you do it in MS Flight simulator. So just install fgrun and STFU. :roll:

  • ???

    the point of any flight Sim is to teach and learn how to fly said commercial plane if you don’t get that than don’t play

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