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Welcome to the aircraft developer portal!

Back to the Developer portal

Please visit our forum if you cannot find what you're looking for.

Aircraft, the fundamental part of flight

Without any aircraft, there is no flight simulator. Aircraft development is one of the fundamental parts of a flight simulator. Contributing is fun and can be done at all levels of experience.

Rating aircraft status

All the way back in May 2011, we adopted a new status-rating system for aircraft. So far, only a few have actually been rated, as can be seen in the list 'hockenberry' set up at Google Docs. If you're an aircraft developer and your aircraft is not on the list, please consider rating their status. All you'll need to know/do is described at Formalizing Aircraft Status. If you'd just like to get started contributing to FlightGear, this would also seem like an excellent way to get started.

Getting started
Making an aircraft · Making a helicopter
Modeling ·Knob animation

Aircraft status · Aircraft maintenance
Creating custom splash screens
Configuring views · Adding walk view
Defining (speed) limits

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Flight dynamics model
Adding thrust reversal · Airliner brake performance · Implementing pushback
Implementing aerial refueling
Writing a JSBSim fuel system · Naming fuel tanks
JSBSim Commander

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Creating instruments · Adding instruments
Making a clickable panel · Glass reflection effect
Control Display Unit · Ground proximity warning system
Designing an autopilot · GPS · Route manager
Soaring instrumentation sdk
Avionics resources

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3D aircraft models · Modelling guidelines
3D Model Rotates Around Nose
Animating models · Using a normal map
Adding lights · Implementing wing flex
Adding tyre smoke · Editing liveries
Importing and exporting
Resources · Normals and Transparency Tutorial
AC3D · Blender · SketchUp · Wings 3D