FlightGear 3.4.0 is out, A free flight simulator project that runs under Linux, Mac OS X and Windows platforms

FlightGear v3.4 is out, available for Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Gentoo, or for Solaris, FreeBSD and Mac OSX

FlightGear is an open source and cross-platform cooperative flight simulator software. It also known as the world’s best free flight simulator that runs on Linux/UNIX, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

Features at a glance

Key features include flight dynamics models, accurate and extensive world scenery database, detailed and accurate sky model, open and flexible aircraft modeling system, as well as moderate hardware requirements.

In addition, the program features built-in support for multiple displays, as well as a number of networking options that allow it to communicate with GPS receivers, external autopilot, external flight dynamics modules or other FlightGear instances.

Its extensive world scenery database includes over 20,000 real world airports, taxiways, directional airport lighting, accurate terrain worldwide, scenery night lighting, paged scenery tiles, sloping runways, as well as correct runway placement and markings.

Support OS System

Savvy tech users should know that the application is written entirely in the C++ and C programming language, using OpenGL, and it requires a 3D-enabled graphics card with OpenGL drivers, a 32-bit or 64-bit 2-3Ghz class CPU and at least 512MB or RAM.

It is supported on the Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, IRIX, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows OSes. On Linux/UNIX it is available for download as a source archive, as well as pre-built binaries for various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Gentoo, or for Solaris, FreeBSD and IRIX systems.

However, the best way to install FlightGear on your Linux distribution is to use the default Software Center or Package Manager application and the pre-built binary packages from the default software repositories (third-party repos are also provided the the community for Ubuntu distros).

What’s new in FlightGear 3.4.0:
  • Improved frame-rates on some systems from more efficient use of Uniforms
  • Reduced memory occupancy for scenery tiles
  • AI models are now rendered based on display size rather than range
  • AI/MP models may now define objects as being part of the interior, which will not be rendered at large distances
  • Built-in web server now includes a moving map, a screenshot grabber, and supports SVG-based panels
  • In-application launcher for Mac, based on Qt5
  • Improved rendering of runway and other lights under ALS
  • Landing and spotlight support for ALS
  • Improved materials XML format making customer material definition easier
  • Procedural rock material definition
  • Synchronization with latest JSBSim
Highlighted new and improved aircraft:
  • Extra EA-500
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • Cessna Citation II
  • F-14b
  • Firewall exceptions are automatically added during setup on Windows systems
  • Aircraft moved to a SVN repository.
Bug fixes:
  • See our bugtracker for an extensive, yet incomplete, list of the bugs fixed in this release.
To install FlightGear v 3.4.0 Ubuntu 15.04 vivid Vervet, ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS) and Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana via PPA :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear-edge
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flightgear

Macintosh OSX (supports OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10)
  • Note to Mac users: we have another build in the pipeline which we anticipate will support 10.7-10.10, so you may wish to postpone upgrading until this message is updated.
  • Download the Mac OS X installer here: [Mirror 1] [Mirror 2] [Mirror 3].
  • Quick install instructions: double click on the downloaded .dmg file.  Then from the window that opens up, drag the FlightGear icon to your “Applications” folder.  When the install is complete, you can run FlightGear from your Applications folder.
If you love Linux (like we do) and don’t see the newest version of FlightGear available yet for your favorite distribution, please let your distribution maintainers know how badly you want FlightGear packaged for your system — and once it’s there, let us know so we can put a link right here!  If you see any out-dated information here, please let us know.  We will update this section as packages are built and made available.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations. 

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