The unofficial Google Earth Flight Simulator gets a new home and a slew of enhancements

Late in 2010 we told you about Xavier Tassin’s excellent GE Flight Simulator, a remarkable flight sim that is powered by the Google Earth Plugin. The name has recently been changed to “GEFS Online” and he’s added a ton of new features.

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The new features include:
• Dynamic suspension on all aircraft
• Runway lighting at night
• Concorde, Cessna 152 and Zlin 50
• Aircraft lights
• An aircraft carrier you can take-off from and land onto.
• Reworked flight models – prop wash
• Reworked multiplayer
• Mach indicator
• Flight Path utility in map (thanks to Gustav)
• Gear, flaps, brakes and spoiler indicators
• Smoke effects on touch down
• Multimonitor support (experimental)
• Performance and stability improvements
We had high praise for the game when it first game out in late 2010, and with this update it’s become even better. The multiplayer mode is amazing -you can see other players flying around with you in real-time. Fortunately, there is no collision detection with other planes, so you can literally fly through each other. This is a wise move, as it makes it impossible for other players to disrupt your flight. However, it does have collision detection on buildings, so fly carefully!
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I also spent some time playing with the experimental multimonitor mode, which worked quite well. It was very similar to the fluid nebula experience (also created by Xavier). The game didn’t run particularly smoothly when going full-screen on all three monitors, but that’s to be expected when you’re trying to run three instances of the Google Earth Plug-in, each with 3D buildings and trees.
All in all, I’m incredibly impressed with this update. If you have any interest in flight simulators at all, you need to head over to gefs-online right now and give it a try. Great work, Xavier!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. How do you chat on gefs if your chat is on

  2. pete lutz says:

    how do u see the plane from the outside in flight simulator like in ms flight sim x??? thanx,pete

  3. Al Wittich says:

    GREAT!

  4. Bob Marko says:

    Add the Boeing 747-8 intercontinental in its prototype livery like the one in this picture to get a picture copy and paste the link below into the address bar.
    http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/yCEnaexYs7v/Boeing+747+8+Intercontinental+Aircraft+Makes/OTG86nHWSRy

  5. add the new boeing 747-8 in the livery shown at this link
    http://thepop.wikispaces.com/747

  6. Andee Bax says:

    add theadd the boeing 747-8 in the livery shown in the link below
    http://thepop.wikispaces.com/747
    add it in the livery shown in the picture.

  7. My malware protection program detected a threat. I immediately aborted. FYI

  8. Can you use a control stick with GEFS or is it a keyboard only sim. I have seen some great shots of GE I hope that it evolves.

  9. The browser plug-in Google-Earth for Linux isn’t available yet!

  10. Christopher says:

    Add the new 747-8 as shown in this picture.
    http://www.boeing.com

  11. Jose Carvalho says:

    Great job! The plugin works pretty well. Two questions:
    1. is it possible to get an image snapshot, and then save it in a file?
    2. is it possible to set the airplane actuators by sending commands from another SW application (instead from a mouse or joystick)?
    My idea is to use the GE Flight sim. to validate an autopilot.

  12. Is it possible to add à third plane in the “choose your plane” bord?

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