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The FlightGear Flight Simulator

Alexander R. Perry

PAMurray, San Diego, CA

Figure 1: Pilot's view from a Cessna 172 making a poor approach for landing at San Francisco International Airport. The ``Time of Day'' pop up menu is partially visible, with seven quick selects and an additional button for typing in the time. Seven consecutive screen dumps, from a wide screen display, have been combined to demonstrate the simulator's lighting model


The open source flight simulator FlightGear is developed from contributions by many talented people around the world. The main focus is a desire to `do things right' and to minimize short cuts. FlightGear has become more configurable and flexible in recent years making for a huge improvement in the user's overall experience. This overview discusses the project, recent advances, some of the new opportunities and newer applications.