Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The "GE Flight Simulator" gets some solid improvements

The "GE Flight Simulator" gets some solid improvements
Would be great to build an AUV mission simulator out of this.

starGoogle Earth Blog
October 26, 2011 7:46 AM
by Google Earth Blog

The "GE Flight Simulator" gets some solid improvements

Late last year we showed you Xavier Tassin's Google Earth Flight Simulator, which is a very well-built flight simulator that is powered by the Google Earth Plug-in.


The site has seen solid growth over the past year, and now over 70,000 users visit each month, with 40 to 50 users connected at most times.

The latest version (.07) includes some nice upgrades:

• 10 aircraft: from the Piper Cub to the A380, through Douglas DC3 and Sukhoi Su-35, helicopters and hot air balloon.
• A map rendering over 30,000 runways to take off from and DAFIF airspace charts (using Google Fusion Table and Google Maps)
• Real time, local weather conditions (Cloud coverage, wind speed), wind lift on relief.
• In-game chat
• Time slider to select current time of the day.
• Improved physics, animations, flight models, instruments and multiplayer
• Improved user interface, fine control settings, saved preference

This is another great example of why it's so great to build games using the Google Earth Plug-in -- Xavier has certainly made some great enhancements, but there has also been thousands of new 3D buildings (and 3D trees) added to Google Earth in the past year, making it even better!

You can try it for yourself at or check out a few more beautiful screenshots below.



Dr. Art Trembanis
Associate Professor
109 Penny Hall
Department of Geological Sciences
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
University of Delaware
Newark DE 19716
"We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
-T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding

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