Flight Simulator FlightGear 2018.1 Released

Last updated: April 7, 2018

The open-source flight simulator FlightGear 2018.1 now is available for download.

Changes in FlightGear 2018.1 “Honolulu” include:

  • Improved “Classic theme” with better fonts and colours
  • Canvas MapStructure support for SlippyMaps, including VFRCharts, STAMEN,
  • Various improvements to the Launcher
  • Atmospheric Light Scattering renderer: extra volumetric vegetation layers for denser undergrowth
  • Active Volcanos, including Kilauea, Stromboli, Etna,
  • CH Products Throttle Quadrant supported out-of-the-box.
  • Improved support for add-ons
  • And many other changes

Download / Install FlightGear 2018.1:

Source tarball, Windows and Mac OS packages are available for download at the link below:

For Ubuntu Linux, there’s a PPA repository (check the link before doing following steps) and the new release packages should be available in few days.

1. To add the PPA repository, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) and hit Enter.

2. Then you can upgrade FlightGear via Software Updater (may not work on Ubuntu 16.04 due to version system change) once it’s published in the PPA repository.

Or install it for the first time via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install flightgear


To uninstall FlightGear, simply run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove flightgear

And remove the PPA by launching “Software & Updates” utility and navigating to Other Software tab.


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3 responses to Flight Simulator FlightGear 2018.1 Released

  1. I just downloaded Ubuntu 18.04 and updated all programs.
    When in the FlightGear ap I can easily change the airport, settings, add-ons and envrionemt but after clicking of the “Aircraft” icon all I see is a blank white page.
    The aircraft that I used while I still had Ubuntu 17.10 is available but I see no way to change this to an other aircraft.

  2. I found a solution in the FG forum-
    “I found solution for LUbuntu 17.10.1 and 18.04-daily. I manualy installed qtdeclarative5-qtquick2-plugin and qml-module-qtquick-window2 via sudo apt-get install command. Now, aircraft tab works !”
    This worked for me too with my Ubuntu 18.04LTS Bionic Beaver O.S.

  3. i like planes sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much so i then begin to play flight gear