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Every flight simulation program uses a Flight Dynamics Model (FDM). FlightGear is unique in that it combines several different models: JSBSim, YAsim, and UIUC. Earlier iterations of FlightGear used flight dynamics models from NASA. That system was exchanged for the “flexible FDM” approach. Official Aircraft. Note: All official release aircraft can now be individually downloaded and updated with FlightGear itself. This is a nice way to browse new aircraft and make sure your favorites are always kept up to date.

Official Aircraft

Note: All official release aircraft can now be individually downloaded and updated with FlightGear itself. This is a nice way to browse new aircraft and make sure your favorites are always kept up to date.

If you would like to bulk download the entire set, the zip packages are located here: http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/flightgear/ftp/Aircraft/ These can be downloaded an unzipped into your fgdata/Aircraft/ folder to install them.

This aircraft set is sourced from the official FlightGear aircraft development repository and is maintained and kept up to date with the most recent release.

3rd Party Hangars

There are a large number of additional aircraft developed and supported in 3rd party hangars. You can find the most current information and links on our wiki page: http://wiki.flightgear.org/FlightGear_hangars

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When coming from an other simulator, FlightGear's key commands might be confusing at first. To help you get started, some of the essential commands are listed on this page with the respective keys from various simulators.

Simulator commands

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ActionFlightGearMSFS XX-Plane
Pausepp, Breakp
Menus display/hideF10, appears when the mouse pointer is at the top of the windowAppears when the mouse pointer is at the top of the windowAlt
Exit Flight SimulatorEscCtrl+c
Capture ScreenshotF3 Shift+VCtrl+.

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Control surface commands

ActionFlightGearMSFS XX-Plane
Ailerons (bank left)NumPad 4, NumPad 4
Ailerons (bank right)NumPad 6, NumPad 6
Rudder (yaw left)NumPad 0NumPad 0
Rudder (yaw right)NumPad EnterNumPad Enter
Center Ailerons and RudderNumPad 5NumPad 59 (ailerons) and 6 (rudder)
Pitch Down (elevator)NumPad 8, NumPad 8
Pitch Up (elevator)NumPad 2, NumPad 2
Elevator Trim DownNumPad 7NumPad 7]
Elevator Trim UpNumPad 1NumPad 1[
Flaps (retract incrementally)[F61
Flaps (extend incrementally)]F72
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Engine commands

ActionFlightGearMSFS XX-Plane
Reverse Thrust (turboprops/jets)Delete (on/off)F2 (press and hold). (on/off)
Throttle (decrease)PgDnF2 or NumPad 3F1
Throttle (increase)PgUpF3 or NumPad 9F2

General aircraft commands

ActionFlightGearMSFS XX-Plane
Brakes (apply left brake),Numpad +
Brakes (apply right brake).Numpad -
Landing Gear (extend/retract)g/ Shift+gg Shift+g

View commands

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ActionFlightGearMSFS XX-Plane
View (default zoom)Ctrl+X← Backspace
Zoom Inx== (normal), Shift+= (fast)
Zoom Out Shift+X-- (normal), Shift+- (fast)

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References
  • Help for MSFS users. Published by X-Plane. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
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