FlightGear Flight Pro Sim Statement (v1.4a):As many people will be aware, there is a (self described) "new" flight simulator product that is being widely and actively marketed at the moment under various names - Flight Pro Sim, Pro Flight Simulator, etc. These "new" simulators are simply a rebranding of the FlightGear open-source flight simulator. However, the marketing tactics of the Flight Pro Sim guys have caused more than a bit of confusion with end users. To help provide some clarity and answer some common questions, we (the core FlightGear development team) felt it was appropriate to make a statement, and provide a FAQ.
FlightGear is an open-source flight simulator that was created in 1996. It is released under the GNU General Public License v2, and as such, it is free to use, modify and distribute with few restrictions. It has been developed with the collaboration of a large number of individuals over the last 14+ years. The complete FlightGear application and source code can be always downloaded for free from http://www.flightgear.org.
Flight Pro Sim is a commercial product that simply rebrands FlightGear. Investigation by a number of the FlightGear developers has found no difference between this and the FlightGear v1.9.1 release other than a change of name. Flight Pro Sim is in no way endorsed or supported by the core FlightGear development team.
Given the similarities between Flight Pro Sim and FlightGear, we would recommend that prospective buyers download FlightGear for free and satisfy themselves that Flight Pro Sim provides worthwhile value for money before purchasing it.
Q: What is the difference between FlightGear and Flight Pro Sim?
Q: Is it legal for the makers of Flight Pro Sim to simply re-brand
Q: Is it legal to sell a copy of FlightGear, whether re-branded or
Q: Has Flight Pro Sim paid any money to FlightGear for the rights to
the program ?
Q: Why do the FlightGear developers allow this ?
Q: Is there any relationship between the makers of Flight Pro Sim and
the FlightGear Project?
Q: Has Flight Pro Sim contributed to the FlightGear project at all ?
Q: I have purchased Flight Pro Sim. Can I get a refund ?
Q: This whole situation makes me upset! What can I do?
We want all of you to stay positive, to be honest and to be fair!
If you want to help combat misleading marketing, let's all get the word out about FlightGear. FlightGear doesn't have the kind of advertising budget that the pro flight sim guys do. We need you!!! Please post where ever you can on web sites, forums, blogs, facebook, etc. We don't mind if someone chooses to buy pro flight sim, in fact that's great, as long as they have complete information in advance and aren't being misled by a slimy sales pitch that sounds too good to be true.
So let's get the word out and try to make sure that pro flight sim has to market to an "educated" audience!