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About FlightGear

FlightGear is a flight-simulator created by an international group of volunteers, and released as free, open-source GPL software. It has been used for academic research, education, and for fun.

FlightGear comes with a set of illustrated documentation, notably "The Manual," which is included in the installation package. This wiki provides additional documentation on both user and development topics.

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FlightGear Newsletter March 2019 (archive)
  • December 09, 2018: FlightGear 2018.3 "Honolulu" is released.
  • May 23, 2018: FlightGear 2018.2 is released.
  • April 11, 2018: FlightGear 2018.1 "Honolulu" is released.
  • September 25, 2017: FlightGear 2017.3 "Prague" is released.
  • April 22, 2017: FlightGear 2017.2 "Boston" is released.
 
 
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  • ...that FlightGear is used in several FAA approved simulators?
  • ...that you can simulate random system failures realistically?
  • ...that anyone can edit FlightGear source and contribute to the project?
  • ...that the whole city of Paris, France is available in 3D models?
  • ...that there are 3,060 articles on this wiki?
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Image of the week
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This week sees the 109th anniversary of Louis Paulhan winning the London to Manchester air race, taking the £10,000 prize offered for flying from London to Manchester, a distance of 195 miles (314 km). This prize had been offered in 1906 by the Daily Mail for the first pilot to fly from London to Manchester within 24 hours. The flight had to start and finish within five miles of the Daily Mail office in each city, with no more than two landings en route. In 1906 this seemed an impossible feat — the best European fliers at that time could only stay aloft for seconds. Paulhan arrived in Manchester 12 hours after setting out from London, having spent 4 hours 12 minutes in the air, with an overnight stop at Lichfield, 117 miles from his starting point. the flightgear version is a Farman-IV, (author Emmanuel Baranger) although there is a Farman-III available at http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/flightgear/ftp/Aircraft/
Development repository status
Current release: 2018.3 (9 Dec 2018)
Next release: 2019.1 (a few days from now)
See release plan for details.