FlightGear 2020.1 released

The FlightGear development team is delighted to announce the 2020.1 release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This version is a preview of our next stable release, containing many new features and improvements.

Enhancements since 2019.1 include a developer preview of the upcoming Compositor graphical rendering framework as a separate pre-built binary, better aircraft carrier support, improvements to both the JSBSim and YASim flight dynamics models, better view options, more efficient and improved OpenStreetMap buildings and translation of the UI into Polish and Slovak. Here’s the complete list of changes.

Many aircraft have been updated, including major updates to the Boeing 777, Airbus A320, Antonov AN-24, F-16, Piper J3Cub, Saab JA37 Viggen, Piper PA28 Cherokee, Bombardier Q-400, Space Shuttle.

Founded in 1997, FlightGear is developed by a worldwide group of volunteers, brought together by a shared ambition to create the most realistic flight simulator possible that is free to use, modify and distribute. FlightGear is used all over the world by desktop flight simulator enthusiasts, for research in universities and for interactive exhibits in museums.

6 Replies to “FlightGear 2020.1 released”

  1. I was suckered into buying ; Pro Flight Simulator. It said it would work with my Windows-7 Pro.

    When I got the program, I bought the disks, the mouse would not control the yoke. Is there an update that fixes this? Are the disks I bought the same as your program?

    I have cancer and bought their program to learn to fly while receiving treatment. I feel deceived.

    1. Sorry Stephen, we don’t sell Pro Flight Simulator, it’s a scam. You can always download the software for free here, but we can’t prevent other people re-branding it as something else and selling it for money. You can try asking your credit-card provider, etc for a refund. The version on our download should work on Win 7 (the Pro Flight Sim scammers are selling a version that’s five or ten years out of date), and mouse controls should work fine in that version as well. Good luck with your treatment!

  2. On another subject, I am trying to download free version of Flightgear 2020, but ~I have to download tnhe driver utility first, which I have done (twice) but I do not get a prompt to continue with the Flightgear dowbload. What is a 75 year old with brain damage after a stroke doing wrong?

    1. Hi Frank, I’m not sure which download site you are trying, but all version of FlightGear are free, and you shouldn’t need to download any driver utility first. The best place to ask such questions is our official forums https://forum.flightgear.org – this site is only used for posting updates.

  3. Hi, i have download the game Flight Gear but not Pro.

    I have not paid for the game.

    The problem is only 2 airport scenery is working.
    The other rest airports from the whole world is not working.
    I can select those airports. but i can only see the blue sea around.
    Can those airport (Scenery) work or not?

    1. Hi Isaac : you don’t need to pay for anything : FlightGear is completely free, and there’s no such thing as Pro version. What you need to do, is enable automatic downloading of additional scenery. In the launcher window, clicking the ‘settings’ icon and click the switch marked ‘download scenery automatically’, and then you should see scenery everywhere. Also, it’s much quicker to get help with these kind of issues on our official forums: see the link at the top of this page.

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