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User currently offlineTony Lu From China, joined Sep 2000, 534 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 14753 times:

Google Earth now has a flight simulator feature in its Google Earth application. Now it's not as fancy as Microsoft's but it's worth checking out. More details here.

[Edited 2007-09-01 19:12:25]

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User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 14744 times:

You might want to check that link... As is does not work.

User currently offlineFox808 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 14716 times:

There you go.  Smile
http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/08/31...ths-easter-egg-a-flight-simulator/


User currently offlinePHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 14715 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 1):
You might want to check that link... As is does not work.

Simply install the newest version of Google Earth (4.2) and the press Ctrl + Alt + A (capital A, so use Caps).
On laptops with Windows XP you might want to try Ctrl + Windows Hotkey + A (capital A, so use Caps).
It's quite fun but the plane is hard to control without joystick.


User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 14632 times:

Quoting PHKLM (Reply 3):

Simply install the newest version of Google Earth (4.2) and the press Ctrl + Alt + A (capital A, so use Caps).
On laptops with Windows XP you might want to try Ctrl + Windows Hotkey + A (capital A, so use Caps).
It's quite fun but the plane is hard to control without joystick

Doesn't work  Sad


User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 14592 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 4):
Doesn't work

Did you make sure you have version 4.2 installed?

Go to Help->About Google Earth to make sure.

YOWza



12A whenever possible.
User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 14396 times:

Ctrl + Alt + Capital A worked for me. Now I just need to figure out how to control it.

User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 13791 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 6):
Now I just need to figure out how to control it.

http://earth.google.com/intl/en/userguide/v4/flightsim/index.html

Doesn't look to easy Big grin


User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 13674 times:

Wow, great feature. Could use some sound, though.

User currently offlineKuna From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 279 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 13171 times:

sweet find...its weird taking off from LAX 06R and seeing planes "taxing" when they took the snap shot..


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User currently offlineHowSwedeitis From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 13047 times:
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Shouldnt this thread be in Aviation Hobby?


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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 13019 times:

Quoting Jamesbaldwyn (Reply 7):
Doesn't look to easy

The problem I have with it is that the controls do not center themselves, so making minor corrections is difficult.


User currently offlineKhelmDTW From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12988 times:

Reminds me a lot of FS 95.


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User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1992 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12830 times:

Ah it works...turn off "search" in Google Map

[Edited 2007-09-02 03:51:35]


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User currently offlineInbarD From Israel, joined Jan 2007, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12459 times:

Hahaha. Its pretty cool for fun and simple flying, Graphics are a bit dodgy lol. I'm still wondering why they hid this function it in the first place?

User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11914 times:

The yoke and throttle controls are the same as all the MS FS versions. I've been flying keyboard style since 1984 and FS 2.


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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11825 times:

Well, I managed to land.


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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11568 times:

My joystick doesn't work on it. Tried this last night. Its a nice addition, but not as good at FS9.


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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10769 times:

Wow...flying certainly isn't as good as FS9, but the ground textures are definitely (and perhaps not surprisingly) much better than anything in FS9, payware add-ons included. Pretty fun!


Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10555 times:

Cool. I buzzed my school a few times  Silly

User currently offlineOO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1125 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9599 times:

I have been thinking for a while it would be quite need if Google Earth would be advanced enough to use it with MS Flight Simulator. It's still gonna be a lot of work but that day will come for sure.

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9315 times:

Quoting OO-VEG (Reply 20):
I have been thinking for a while it would be quite need if Google Earth would be advanced enough to use it with MS Flight Simulator. It's still gonna be a lot of work but that day will come for sure.

Not likely. Think of the two companies that would have to cooperate with one another for that to happen...

Definitely pretty likely that this level of crisp photo imagery for ground textures will be seen in MSFS at some point.



Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineOO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1125 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8347 times:

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 21):
Not likely. Think of the two companies that would have to cooperate with one another for that to happen...

Very true, but I was more referring to the concept. Microsoft has it's counterpart from Google Maps and actually has this really cool "bird eyes view" feature.


User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2168 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6643 times:

There are plenty of sceneries for flight simulator that are based on satellite images and look very similar to Google Earth.

Also, Google Earth and flight simulator have been locked together before. It is possible to fly in a Google world with the MSFS engine.

There are some problems with satellite imagery for flight simulation, however:
1) No night/dusk/dawn textures
2) Integration with automatically generated scenery (houses and trees) looks unnatural
3) No dynamic shading, e.g. of mountains
4) The amount of data is much larger and for the whole world would encompass literally terabytes of data. In the foreseeable future, there is no way to put this amount of data into a software box.

This is why Flight Simulator has concentrated on landclasses (telling the simulator what the landscape should look like, and then generate it) and will continue to do so for a good while more.



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5951 times:

There is a company out there that is doing hi-res satellite and/or arial footage laid over the MSFS terrain. From the screen shots, it's really cool. They did a good chunk of California IIRC. They then do a dynamic thing where they shade if for time of day, season, etc. Didn't look as much into that part.

As for the Google Earth one... it IS a bitch to do on keyboard. Only tried for a few seconds, though.



Dave Mark - Intrinsic Algorithm - Reducing the world to mathematical equations!
25 SAS-A321 : You can also you the mouse to steer the aircraft... just click on the screen.
26 Captaink : Not so hardr to fly, I am using the mouse. But does it have sound? Cause I dont hear anything. I am using a ibook, so I can't even figure out how to u
27 777-200 : anyone having trouble downloading V 4.2?
28 SBBRTech : it feels like flying a crazy X-15...
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