The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Monday, September 3, 2007

Flight Simulator from Google!

I actually found this awesome tip on Marco's Blog. The info on this blog is for Windows, but what is cool is that it all works on the Mac version of Google Earth. What it basically looks like is that Google is working on that as an upcoming feature but it is still there in the current release as a hidden feature. To try it out:

1. Download the latest version of Google Earth (if you don't already have it, it is 4.2.0180.1134).
2. If you check out the Tools menu now, it will look like this:

3. Make sure you are not in any text box. I thought it didn't work at first because the cursor was in the "Fly to" text box. The easiest way of getting out of the text box is to click anywhere on the satellite image.
4. Press "Command - Option - A".
5. This dialog should now pop up:

6. The "Flight Simulator" mode is now enabled. If you check the Tools menu again, there should now be this option:

All the keyboard shortcuts for controlling the plane are available here on Google's website.

This is what it looks like when you are flying the plane:


Blogger Noah said...

it did'nt work for me. Do you need the pro version?

September 2, 2007 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

that is awesome!! i love that google is making a flight sim!! i have been wanting a sim for my new mac, since my FSX does not run on it, of course. i hope it turns out good

September 2, 2007 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger franco said...

didn't work for me either. please post comment if you have a solution.

September 3, 2007 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

No, you don't need the pro version. Are you sure you are not in a text box?

September 3, 2007 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Alan Lau said...

It worked for me! But still need to learn about the controls. It is really awesome if I know how to operate!

September 3, 2007 at 2:56 AM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Controls are to be found

September 3, 2007 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You do not need the pro version, just the latest version (4.2.0180.1134) The flight simulator does not work with the older versions of Google Earth.

September 3, 2007 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger carinaroo said...

I can open up the simulator but I can't get the controls to work. Maybe because I'm on a macbook pro and don't have the full functions of a keyboard (?)...

September 3, 2007 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Kurt Epps-The PubScout said...

I, too am on a MacBook. I have successfully downloaded Google earth and accessed the flight simulator, but the only controls that work are pilot view--looking up, down, left, right. How do you start the engine and get the plane off the ground? the help button with the controls doesn't really help, especially when the Page Up and Page down buttons are the same as the arrows.

September 3, 2007 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It didn't work for me when I was in the Tools bar. When I click Command Option A alone, it came up

September 3, 2007 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

Tha basic controls that you need (on a 'book) are:

Accelerate: Fn-Up_Arrow (or, page up)
Slow down: Fn-Down-Arrow (or, page down.)
Turn the rudder so that you go right: Shift-Right_Arrow
Turn the rudder so that you go left: Shift-Left_Arrow
To lift up off the ground: Down-Arrow
To point toward the ground: Up-Arrow.
To straighten you rudder/wings: S/C (I don't know which one matches which wing.)

Hope this helps.
My Mac-Tipping Blog

September 3, 2007 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It' works great for me! Cool tip!

September 3, 2007 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Creaton said...

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September 3, 2007 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Zeviet said...

whats page up and a page down on a macbook pro?

September 4, 2007 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think I'll stick to X-Plane from Laminar Research. It's a great simulator for Mac.

September 4, 2007 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Julian W said...

WOW. That's Excellent. Fun to play with. Especially cause it runs on Mac!!

September 5, 2007 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Mpreziv said...

best Mac app ever! and for free I mean how can u beat that. hey don't you all play w/ it too much.

September 10, 2007 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Jason Paul Fox said...

The link in the article sent me to a page to buy the pro version. The link to dowload the newest free version is

February 22, 2008 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Fat Boy said...

Ive often wondered why flight simhas not triesd to use google earth from the word go. Once the 3d texturing is resolved it will be unbeatable.

September 25, 2009 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Airplane_Games said...

This is the most beautiful game I have ever played. From the water effects to shadows from the plane.. every effect and particle is breathtaking.

You can also fly in any seat you like, control literally any view of the airplane, most of the cockpit controls work and function the way they are supposed to. The weather system is amazing. Simply spectacular. I recommend this for both educational and entertainment purposes.
best flight simulator

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