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The FlightGear Flight Simulator has reached the 2017.1 “Bergen” release a few days ago with many exciting new features, enhancements and bug-fixes.

FlightGear 2017.1 release highlights:

  • Accurate buildings from OpenStreetMap
  • voice synthesis of tutorial instructions
  • improved rendering of Earth from orbit
  • a more realistic blackout/redout system.
  • See the changelog for more details.

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How to Install FlightGear 2017.1 in Ubuntu:

The GetDeb repository has built the new release for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10 and their derivatives. Follow the steps below to install it:

1. Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial-getdeb games" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

you may replace xenial (ubuntu 16.04) in the code with yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10.


2. Download and install the GetDeb key via command:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

3. Finally update and install FlightGear 2017.1 via command:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install flightgear

For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade FlightGear via Software Updater after adding the repository and key.

How to Remove:

To remove FlightGear, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove flightgear && sudo apt autoremove

And you can remove the GetDeb repository by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

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FlightGear is a sophisticated and open flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, pilot training, as an industry engineering tool, for DIY-ers to pursue their favorite interesting flight simulation idea.

FlightGear is available in Ubuntu Software Center, but it’s a little old. The latest v2.12.x has been released with many exciting new features, enhancements and bug fixes. Highlights in this release include improved usability, continued development of the Canvas rendering toolkit, and improved scenery rendering. For details, see the changlog

Install FlightGear via PPA:

There’s a PPA for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint users to easily install FlightGear easily via 3 commands in terminal.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the 3 commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install flightgear flightgear-data

As the PPA description said, if you’re upgrading from a previous version of flightgear, you will need to remove ALL flightgear-related packages before installing flightgear:

sudo apt-get remove flightgear simgear fgfs-base fgfs-models-base fgfs-scenery-base fgfs-aircraft-*

Once installed, you’re able to open the simulator from Menu or Unity Dash.

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