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There's a flight simulator inside Google Earth!

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Guys this actually works really well - there's a HUD and joystick support, the hat switch pans the view, there's trim etc... For a freebie easter egg this is pretty cool. Wonder if someone at Google saw TileProxy or something and decided they should put something related to FS into the program...

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Looks good but I can't seem to get my yoke to work with it and I seem to keep going into a spin and crashing.

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If you are talking CH yoke, the rudder is mapped to the mixture control, which you have to center to allow you to go straight.Gary

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Fricking awesome!!!WOW cool! I sent that link to all my pilot friends!! hehenow if only there was sound LOL!

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Just adding my WOW to the rest.Pick your favorite spot and FLY!!

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I believe this has been around for a while. It is just that no one has discovered or used it very much. I do a lot of geographic information system work and we often use it to help visualize an area. My colleagues work on projects visualizing data outputs from large mathematical models and the fly over feature is a great way to display the results to non technical people. I have my Saitek joystick setup with a Google Earth profile. You can map the different controls as you prefer them using the Saitek profile editor.

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>I believe this has been around for a while. It is just that>no one has discovered or used it very much. So why didn't you tell us earlier then? :-lol :-hah

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As long as you have GE 4.2, then hit CTRL-ALT-A and your there. If that doesn't work try CTRL-A. BTW, has anyone got a joystick working??Dave

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You can also enter it through the menu at the top. Under Tools. Click on "Enter Flight Simulator".

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Odd...I cant call it up with the keystrokes, and I don't see an option under "tools"Here is my build...is there a newer version?TIA,bt Google Earth4.2.0180.1134 (beta)Build DateAug 20 2007Build Time15:52:19RendererOpenGLOperating SystemMicrosoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2)Video DriverNVIDIA Corporation (00006.00014.00011.05822)Max Texture Size8192x8192Serverkh.google.comUserLicense Key

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You have to set your language version to English within Google Earth (not default), then the keyboard command will work. I don't think you get the entry under the tools menu until you have run it at least once.

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Worked exactly like you said, including the tool menu.Thanks much, now off to play!bt

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>>I believe this has been around for a while. It is just>that>>no one has discovered or used it very much. >>So why didn't you tell us earlier then? :-lol :-hah Hi Victor. Well, it was not as well developed as it is now with the release of 4.2. I see a lot of potential in this feature. As soon as Google releases some sort of API to allow developers to build aircraft and panels this thing will be fantastic. I have only tried it with my laptop using 4.2 because I am not home at the moment. It looks really cool compared to the previous releases. I can't wait to try it with my desktop machine at home using my joystick.

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Run it the 1st time with Ctrl + Alt + AThe next time Google Earth loads you will find (Enter flight Simulator)under TOOLs. Some times my Joy Stick works, other times no.Steve A

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"Some times my Joy Stick works, other times no."Same here :( They (Google) will have to sort that one out if this is to catch on. Otherwise, in those areas with existing good high res coverage, it can look great and is a terrific tool for intrepid explorers like ourselves :)CH Products USB YokeMike

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Gentlemen: Has anyone figured out how to get a "Spot" view in Google Earth Flight Simulator. It would be great to see the plane from the outside as well as from the cockpit.Talk about a Flight Simulator with realistic scenery. Can you possible beat this?!!Regards, Stewart S. Leber

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I think that the Google Earth Flight Simulator is great and will probable get better in time. However, I find it difficult to fly. I'm on it all the time and that is just to prevent it from crashing. It seems to have no stability, none. Some examples ( I fly the SR22). The airspeed won't stay fixed, with a constant jumping back and forth on the PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN keys resulting in a roller-coaster-ride altimeter; no stability in turns, even shallow ones. Does this program need virtual tranquilizers or what? My computer is an iMac, Safari OS using a Logitech trackball mouse. I tried a Logitec joy stick, but it only works with MS Windows OSs. I wonder if it would be worthwhile to pickup another joy stick that would be compatible with Safari OS? Probably my CH yoke will work in Safari, but it's such a pain to unclamp it from the desk the where I have MS 2004 installed on an HP laptop. And if using the yoke, will the program still fly the same way? But, I digress. Does anyone else have these gross non-stability problems with GE FS?--Roger :-violin

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