Video for Flying with Google Earth Flight Simulator

Here you can see a video I’ve created showing some basic flying tips with Google Earth’s new flight simulator mode (download the latest Google Earth V4.2). It also shows some fancier flying in the Swiss Alps. Available on YouTube:

NOTE: The first video clip is flying the SR22 – a slower plane. You won’t be able to take off with the F-16 until you are going much faster (about 300).
Read my basic flying tips article for more details on how to use and fly in Google Earth’s flight simulator.
Music by Tartan Rascals.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Great video Frank. Suppose someone will have to model an aircraft carrier for you now. I could sit here all afternoon watching vids like this.

  2. Great!!! 🙂

  3. That was a sweet demonstration, Frank!
    Couldn’t help but appreciate the fact you flew out of Meigs with the SR22. 😉

  4. hi!
    great video!!!
    But i have a question, on my google earth i dont have the buildings in 3D when i’m flying…
    how can i put them?

  5. Chuck Yeager says:

    Before starting up the flight sim, turn on the 3D Buildings layer in the sidebar. Any layers you enable before takeoff should be available when you fly. you can also control the sidebar within the flight sim and highlight pushpins.

  6. Can someone tell me how do I do to fly at a steady altitude, I am not able to fly at the same altitude, the plane is always going up or down, and I have to be correcting the direction all the time.

  7. Alright for you guys…i barrel_roll on the tarmak,any advise to get into the air would be great.

  8. can please somebody tell how to goet this flight simulator on my does need to download(and where) or a i just have it??

  9. i got the 3d builing layer turned on but the flight simulater still isnt in 3d

  10. Does anyone what kind of joystick with Google Earth flight simulator and an iMac OS-X. What kind of Joystick will work? and how do you hook it up?

  11. the compass heading has disappeared from the top centre of the screen in the flight simulator have you any suggestions on how to retrieve it ?

  12. For the Flight Simulator HUD to be completely visible the GE window needs to be close to square in aspect ratio. If the window is too wide, the compass will disappear. A lot of people with wide screens, who turn on the full-screen mode, wonder what happened to the compass…

  13. John Everitt says:

    Aah.Thank goodness. At last I realize that I am not the only person tearing their hair out trying to start Flight Simulator. I was beginning to think I was a congenital idiot.

  14. great video!!!
    But i have a question, on my google earth i dont have the buildings in 3D when i’m flying…
    how can i put them?

  15. Umm, Why don`t I get any 3d objects in google earth flight sim when I fly?

  16. hey everyone, to get 3D buildings in flight mode you must, strangely enough, enter flight simulator then click ‘view’ near file, and select sidebar to bring it back. Then just select 3D building again, click back onto the main screen and you’re ready to go
    hope it helps

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