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FlightGear Flight Simulator.

See http://www.flightgear.org/



The standard Debian/Ubuntu repositories contain FlightGear 2.4 or 2.6.

The latest edition of FlightGear is available from Launchp PPA (contributed by Saikrishna Arcot).

Install flightgear:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flightgear

From source

A great page to read in case you want to install Flightgear from source can be found here

Adding Paparazzi models

There are a few new models that come with paparazzi:

  • mikrokopter.xml quadrotor frame
  • hexa.xml hexacopter
  • simple_bipe.xml biplane/quadrotor hybrid (transitioning vehicle)

To make them available in flightgear, make a link from /usr/share/games/flightgear/Models/Aircraft/paparazzi to <paparazzi_dir>/conf/simulator/flightgear/

sudo ln -s $PAPARAZZI_SRC/conf/simulator/flightgear/ /usr/share/games/flightgear/Models/Aircraft/paparazzi

Using FlightGear for Visualization

For Flight Gear visualization of the simulation, version 2.6 or greater is best. If you wish to use version 2.4 or lower, you must add the following to the firmware section of your airframe file:

File: conf/airframes/myplane.xml
  <firmware name="fixedwing or rotorcraft">
     <define name="FG_2_4" value="1"/>
  • Launch Flight Gear with the following command:
fgfs --fdm=null --native-gui=socket,in,30,,5501,udp

or to e.g. use the mikrokopter quadrotor model:

fgfs --fdm=null --native-gui=socket,in,30,,5501,udp --prop:/sim/model/path=Models/Aircraft/paparazzi/mikrokopter.xml