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GE Flight Simulator

** It appears that the “un-official version” of this simulator is no longer available for download. If someone knows where it’s to be found, let me know. In the mean time, the official version is still available and included with the Google Earth Download… **

While browsing some online flight sims, I came across GEFS-Online (Google Earth Flight Simulator) which is sort of an unofficial version done by Xavier Tassin in Amsterdam. There is an official Google version in Google Earth, but appears to be only a couple aircraft and much less in the way of features. I spent a little time trying the GEFS-Sim and soon found that using a keyboard for control was very scary. Kept forgetting which key did what when things got a bit out of control and soon totally upended. You can also use joystick control, so borrowed one and proceeded to try with that. Much more friendly and a lot closer to the real thing. The sim has plugins for Windows and Mac as well as joystick control. Excellent Sim and very fun! Check out the video…

GEFS is a free, online flight simulator based on Google Earth. Whether you are a licensed pilot practicing VFR, an aviation enthusiast or just looking for some fun flying a plane in beautiful sceneries, you can enjoy GEFS quickly, directly from your web browser.

  • -built on Google Earth: worldwide photo-realistic sceneries
    -simulate fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, paraglider and hot air balloon
    -supports joystick control
    -realistic flight model (lifting-line theory)
    -real-time weather, dynamic wind lift
    -multiplayer: fly and chat with other pilots across the globe
    -over 30,000 runways and global airspace map

Aircraft Choices…
Sopwith Camel F.1  /  Piper J-3 Cub  /  Evektor Sportstar  /  Dassault-Dornier  Alpha Jet  /  Douglas DC-3
Hughes 269a/TH-55 Osage  /  Major Tom (hot air balloon)  /  McDonnell Douglas MD-11  /  SU-35
Airbus A380 / Concorde  /  Zlin Z-50  /  Cessna 152  /  Goat Airchair  / Paraglider  /  szd-48-3 Jantar

Here are a couple screen shots after taking off from KMSP in a 152 headed towards downtown Minneapolis. One is in following view and the other in cockpit view. There is also a map that can be inserted on the screen with position information and can set a flight path.



I can’t download it.

Frank, thanks for the heads up. I can’t find the dl anymore either. Will have to dig in a bit.


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