FlightGear is a flight simulator program that’s becoming more and more popular and it is free. It is a superb alternative to paid flight simulator software. it has all of the features that you would expect from a realistic flight simulator software package, including many different types of aircraft, airports from around the world and detailed scenery. In this article we will cover the main features of FlightGear and the all important question – can you use your existing flight simulator gear with this simulator.

FlightGear has a variety of aircraft including Cessna, Piper, Boeing, Airbus as well as helicopters, gliders, military aircraft and historical aircraft. FlightGear even comes with free tools that allow you to create your own aircraft. The standard package comes with over 20,000 airports but again you are able to extend and edit the layouts and models if you wish. Scenery is available for the whole world and once again if it is missing, you can add it with free tools.

An important question though, is how can FlightGear be controlledc Even the best flight simulator would not be realistic if you have to control it with a keyboard and mouse. The basic controls for an aircraft, the joystick or yoke and rudder pedals are needed to be able to have a pleasurable flying experience. The good news is that FlightGear does offer support for joysticks, yokes and rudder pedals, the bad news is that it can sometimes be tricky to setup.

FlightGear does have an automatic detection system to try and configure joysticks, yokes or rudder pedals that you plug in. Sometimes you will be lucky and FlightGear will detect the gear automatically and correctly and you will be all set. If it does not detect your equipment, you will need a little patience to get it to work. There are two options for those using Windows – a more technical option that lets you exactly specify all of the controls and a less technical option that will at least get it working.

The first way to help FlightGear detect your joystick is to edit an xml file that holds the configuration of the device. It tells the system what the axes, button and switches the device has. It helps if you have a control from a well known brand such as Saitek or CH products, as FlightGear comes with a ready made xml file. If you do not have a ready made file, you will need to edit the standard file for your control.

The less technical option for configuring your joystick, yoke or rudder pedals is to use a tool that comes with the package. This is the option for those that do not want to try to go and fiddle with an xml file. With this tool, you basically push the buttons and move the joystick or other device in all directions as directed, so that all of the possible movements are recorded.


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6 Comments on Flight Simulator 2012

  1. Anonymous says:

    Flight simulator 2012 installer closes after entering the serial key?
    I downloaded it and after I press next when I enter the serial number, it closes and never come back.

  2. seany says:

    what computer should i build to play FSX and train simulator 2012 on max settings?
    I really like train and flight sim games and i really enjoy the two games fsx and train simulator 2012, i would really like to play these games on max settings and to have a good frame rate so both games can be smooth and like the real thing what hardware would i need in order to achieve this, cheapest as possible Thanks

    • Anonymous says:

      2 Crossfired or SLI 1gb graphics cards
      6gb of RAM
      an i5 processor
      A reasonable motherboard

      The rest of the components wont matter

      approx cost (excluding peripherals and OS) €800

  3. Anonymous says:

    Any GOOD Flight Simulators Out There for 2012 that wont break the bank?
    Tell me about unique features and if there are any coupon codes or discounts (much appreciated)

    I DONT want Microsoft Flight it sucks even though its cheap, the quality is bad, i rather pay a little bit extra for the GOOD Flight Sim. Thanks

  4. Anonymous says:

    Aerosoft flight simulator 2012?
    i havent heard any more news about the possible upcoming sim to replace FSX since late 2009. is the project still on and still set to release in 2012? if anyone could give me any new, recent up-to-date info/links/screenshots/development that would be very helpful.

    thanks!

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