A Google Earth flight sim with an iPhone controller

If you’re fortunate enough to own a Mac and an iPhone, you can try out a slick new flight sim for Google Earth called “EarthGlider”. Combined with their iPhone app (“Flype”), you can control your flight sim using the tilt controls built into the iPhone!
Once installed, you can tilt the iPhone in any direction and your plane on the Mac will do likewise. You can also use the iPhone screen to choose your starting location, adjust speed, and other tweaks.
The Mac software is free, though the iPhone software will set you back $3.99. If you’re a fan of flight sims, that is certainly a small price to pay. Here is a video of the software in action:

You can find Flype in the App Store and you can download EarthGlider from their site. While it’s only available for Mac, a Windows version is in the works.
Here’s another brief video showing it off:

If you try it out, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it.

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.


  1. Works great!

  2. its like using 3D navigator

  3. PeachesNYC says:

    Just spent an hour playing with it. Very fun. It’s still rough in edges, but definitely worth buying the iPhone app if you like this kind of stuff.
    I have to disagree with Alsay that this is like 3D Navigator. It’s seems to only work as a flight sim controller. The video shows pinch to zoom and swiping to move when in static mode, but I haven’t gotten that to work yet. It would definitely be cool if the developer could get it to work more like the 3D Navigator in a non-flight sim mode. As it is, it’s not possible to move great distances, or even up and down, very quickly. But I’m hoping the app adds new features soon. Although it’s still a blast to play with now.

  4. Aviatrix says:

    This definitely has potential. For my money, though, the $4 is a little steep for the handful of locations available to “fly”. The developer doesn’t really make it clear that it isn’t possible to add new locations. The “online” places option causes the iPhone app to crash. Hopefully these concerns will be addressed in future updates.

  5. Hi, I am the developer of Flype.
    @PeachesNYC: you’re right, there need to be more navigation capabilities. They will come, rest assured. With 1.1 you can more easily zoom in/out, although only in static mode.
    @Aviatrix: Of course you can easily add new locations: tap the “pin” on the Flype page. And, I have never encountered a crash. Please contact me at “flype@tinbert.com”

  6. Works great. As good as a flight simulator on a PC. 🙂

  7. I think it is great that google is making a great app like this and it looks like it has great potential

  8. This is cool. Does it work for any generation? I only have the iPhone 2G. Does this work with other wii games? iPhone is becoming more efficient. I am overwhelmed. I want to upgrade my phone, too. I think I’m missing a lot of great apps.

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