FlightGear Flight Simulator 2019.1 Released! (Ubuntu PPA)

July 29, 2019

Free open-source multi-platform flight simulator FlightGear 2019.1 was finally released today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

FlightGear 2019.1 release highlights:

  • METAR interpretation: Change CAVOK visibility to 9999.0 metres
  • Add the ability to control the turbine engines spin down factor
  • Add the ability to set up the starter and acceleration times of a turbine
  • Yasim ground friction (stiction) changes
  • fgcommands “add-aiobject” and “remove-aiobject” for adding/removing objects to the AI subsystem.
  • Support for DDS Texture Cache
  • New experimental Compositor rendering framework
  • Some Boeing 777 update, and other more.

How to Install FlightGear in Ubuntu:

FlightGear is available in Ubuntu Software by default, but always old. To get the most recent version, you can:

  • either install or upgrade FlightGear via PPA repository.
  • or install the Flatpak package (runs in sandbox).

NOTE: Both PPA repository and Flatpak package are not updated at the moment. The new release packages will be available in a few days.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear

Then you’ll be able to either upgrade FlightGear through Software Updater,

or install the simulator via command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install flightgear

(Optional) You can remove the PPA either via the first step command with --remove added in the end, or by going to “Software & Updates -> Other Software” tab.

2. FlightGear Flatpak package is available in Flathub repository, where also contains how to install instructions.

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2 responses to FlightGear Flight Simulator 2019.1 Released! (Ubuntu PPA)

  1. Michael Winthrop August 24, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Great. Just did update from experimental version of 2.0. in kubuntu 16.04.
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade flightgear
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Calculating upgrade… Done
    The following packages will be upgraded:
    flightgear flightgear-data-ai flightgear-data-aircrafts flightgear-data-all flightgear-data-base flightgear-data-models libsimgear-dev
    libsimgearcore2019.2.0 libsimgearscene2019.2.0
    9 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 1,420 MB of archives.
    After this operation, 6,815 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

  2. There is no Disco release. I’m getting this error on Ubuntu 19.04 using ppa:

    Err:XX http://ppa.launchpad.net/saiarcot895/flightgear/ubuntu disco Release
    404 Not Found [IP: 80]