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Linux.com: Take Flight; FlightGear Delivers

Apr 15, 2001, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jessica Sheffield)

"...FlightGear is 100% free, as in speech and beer. It can be downloaded from their website at http://www.flightgear.org. It's open source under the GPL and works on Linux, Windows, Irix, and Mac."

"We wanted something that was cross-platform and fully extensible," John said. Alex Perry, another developer, added, "It needed to be completely modular and open source was really the only way to go."

"FlightGear boasts accurate terrain and land cover, runway markings, roads, urban lighting, ILS approaches, visibility, clouds, wind, sun, moon, stars, and VOR ADF DME aids for cross country. How can they promise all this? Easy. Some of the developers are pilots, so they're building from personal experience. Alex modeled one of the scenarios after the airport he flies out of, and uses it to train other pilots using familiar landmarks. John confided in me that one of the team's ultimate goals is for the program to become an FAA-certified flight trainer. One of the developers on the team has even flown a Boeing 747 and is working on simulating it with FlightGear (although they don't expect that module to be finished for several years)."

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