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Google Earth Flight Simulator

kdawson posted about 7 years ago | from the now-that's-an-easter-egg dept.

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insidedesign writes "Blogger Marco has recently discovered that the newest version of Google Earth includes a flight simulator. Though simple in comparison to full-blown simulators, Google Earth's is fun and addictive. To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+A for the initial dialog (on OS X, Command+Option+A). Then choose your plane (F16 or SR22) and initial airport. Joysticks are supported; it has even been reported that force feedback works. The game's controls are sensitive so it takes some getting used to. Here are all the available controls. For a quick overview, check out this YouTube video."

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God Smack Your Ass !! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437303)



God Smack Your Ass !!

Might I be the first to say... (3, Interesting)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | about 7 years ago | (#20437329)

That is freaking AWESOME!

Re:Might I be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437341)

oooo im flying

Re:Might I be the first to say... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437645)

No kidding man! This has got to be the first time in history MacOS X has gotten a game released around the same time as Windows! Sweeeeeeeet! Suck it Windoze losers!

Re:Might I be the first to say... (1, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | about 7 years ago | (#20437665)

Not yet, it's not. Google Earth has a long way to go to become a good citizen on the Mac.

-jcr

Re:Might I be the first to say... (2, Insightful)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | about 7 years ago | (#20437837)

That doesn't make it not awesome, just not as awesome as it could be.

Re:Might I be the first to say... (4, Funny)

Bluesman (104513) | about 7 years ago | (#20438273)

It's Google's Earth, so the Mac actually has a long way to go to be a good citizen on it.

Re:Might I be the first to say... (1, Interesting)

bazorg (911295) | about 7 years ago | (#20439197)

nah, it's pointless because Mac users are undeserving.

When Google released Desktop Search for Mac, all I could read on Mac forums was "meh, nothing new compared to Spotlight" "meh, what do we need this for?" "spotlight is prettier", etc.

The other day, Openoffice.org announced a release candidate native for OS X... all I could read on Mac forums was "this is nice, but it's not really Mac-like", "I'll just save £59 and wait for iWorks 2008", "meh, MS Office is better", etc.

so, unless Google decides to charge £20 for all its betas as shareware, I don't think that the Mac users will really care. Good for everyone if the folks at google don't waste too much time with OS X native versions and just get the stuff working for those who look at what the software can do instead of what it looks like compared to Steve Jobs' Commandments for iApps.

Re:Might I be the first to say... (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | about 7 years ago | (#20439275)

Your analysis of Mac cultists (they don't even really deserve the title of "zealot" any more...) is spot-on. However, it's good to remember that not all Mac users are a part of the cult of Jobs, and that the GP may not be one of them. Don't lump them all together, etc.

Re:Might I be the first to say... (2, Informative)

jcr (53032) | about 7 years ago | (#20439325)

When Google released Desktop Search for Mac, all I could read on Mac forums was "meh, nothing new compared to Spotlight"

That was because it was nothing new compared to Spotlight.

What's wrong with google earth, besides trying to muddle through with Qt instead of having a native UI, is that it has a nasty habit of buggering window server memory that it shouldn't be touching. It even has a preference for "safe 3d graphics mode", for heaven's sake, and it still manages to scribble all over the backing stores of other apps' windows.

I don't know if it's as badly behaved on Windows or Linux, but on the Mac it's not up to what I'd consider a beta level yet. It's fun to play around with, but it's definitely in the "you get what you pay for" category.

-jcr

Re:Might I be the first to say... (1)

cortana (588495) | about 7 years ago | (#20439379)

What's wrong with google earth, besides trying to muddle through with Qt instead of having a native UI, is that it has a nasty habit of buggering window server memory that it shouldn't be touching.
Isn't it the display server's job to disallow that from happening in the first place?

Re:Might I be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437707)

It sucks pretty badly compared to FlightGear [flightgear.org] .

Re:Might I be the first to say... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437971)

Now it makes sense why Google is doing their Street View program. They are also going to make a racing game!

Re:Might I be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20438529)

And, what a bitchslap on the Ballmer Gang. Suck on that, chairthrower.

Pentagon? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437343)

Is it possible to fly the plane into the Pentagon while hitting light poles along the way?

Re:Pentagon? (5, Funny)

Cervantes (612861) | about 7 years ago | (#20437377)

Is it possible to fly the plane into the Pentagon while hitting light poles along the way?
It's hard to tell, as soon as you approach the Pentagon things get really fuzzy and 8-bit.

Re:Pentagon? (1)

Macrosoft0 (1128625) | about 7 years ago | (#20437651)

be careful, the gov. is using this to see how many people will try to fly their sim-planes into important buildings. your flight is being logged :p

Re:Pentagon? (2, Funny)

Tribbin (565963) | about 7 years ago | (#20437881)

Oh no! They are completed their scrambler.

Team 3 to position gamma!

Re:Pentagon? (2, Interesting)

MassiveForces (991813) | about 7 years ago | (#20438589)

Actually I think all this talk of aiding terrorisim is arse backwards since flight sims are everywhere anyway. I expected the plane to bounce off the ground and just be arcade style at first, but it actually crashes and then places you far enough away from where you crashed to do a rerun of navigation... to your 'target'. So since you have to be connected the whole time to use it properly won't this just tip off the people at google HQ that somethings up if say people in certain locales start crashing into the Pentagon a bit too much all of a sudden?

Re:Pentagon? (3, Interesting)

Brian Gordon (987471) | about 7 years ago | (#20437663)

Flying close to the ground is pretty crappy anyway. Apparently there are 1500 foot rolling hills in central Arkansas. But flying from the whole-earth view in space down to little houses is awesome.

Re:Pentagon? (1)

Leviance (1001065) | about 7 years ago | (#20438423)

want something interesting? go to the grand canyon and try it out!

Re:Pentagon? (1)

bluej100 (1039080) | about 7 years ago | (#20438989)

There's no way Will Smith actually flew through there.

Also, GP, I'll bet you have elevation exaggeration set to 3.

Now maybe I should wait until tomorrow to try it (1)

ls671 (1122017) | about 7 years ago | (#20437361)

Or, can Google engine handle the load of being /dotted ? I guess I will wait an hour then try it out since the article just got posted. I will report back ;-)

Re:Now maybe I should wait until tomorrow to try i (1)

istartedi (132515) | about 7 years ago | (#20437699)

It handled the load just fine when I updated. Now, I know at least one person that I'm reluctant to tell about this, because he's already adicted to GE. We've talked about the possibility of them putting a flight sim in there before--it seemed like a natural idea, since we had both done really lame "flights" just with the momentum of the existing controls.

FWIW, the F-16 is actually quite forgiving. You just have to gain altitude. I managed to get it up to 50000 ft. I think they cripped the thing, because it was struggling to do 300 at 50,000 ft. I want to see the SR-71 and/or some fantasy craft that can fly into space added at some point. Oh... and yes, an autopilot would be nice. Once you get away from level flight, it's quite difficult to zero out the shimmy, and so far all my flights have ended by spinning into the ground. I managed to take the F16 from SFO to Lake Tahoe, and plant it into the Nevada desert. If I had not tried to turn around, it probably would have circumnavigated in level flight. Oh crap, but as I type this the screen is wobbling. That's just wrong. I need to step away.

Still not sure if I should tell my GE-addict friend about this.

Re:Now maybe I should wait until tomorrow to try i (1)

TheGreek (2403) | about 7 years ago | (#20437883)

I think they cripped the thing, because it was struggling to do 300 at 50,000 ft.
There isn't a lot of air at FL500, so your IAS is gonna be pretty low.

Re:Now maybe I should wait until tomorrow to try i (4, Informative)

iluvcapra (782887) | about 7 years ago | (#20438397)

There isn't a lot of air at FL500, so your IAS is gonna be pretty low.

Quickie: IAS or Indicated Airspeed is a flight dynamic that measures the unidirectional force of air along an aircraft's angle of attack and presents this data as a speed; it is measured with a "pitot tube," a metal tube on the wing or nose of a plane that collects air and measures the amount of force being applied down the tube. At standard temp and pressure, with no wind, and with the aircraft's angle of attack parallel to the surface, this number will theoretically give you the speed at which you are traveling along the ground. As ambient pressure goes down (say with altitude), IAS for a given ground speed goes down; as wind picks up, depending on the wind's bearing to the aircraft's orientation, IAS can go up or down (A plane flying a 100 kts headwind and 100 kts IAS will, all other things being equal, in fact have a ground speed of zero). As angle of attack increases, ground speed goes down. You might be flying at Mach 2, but if you're pointed straight up, your ground speed will be zero.

Re:Now maybe I should wait until tomorrow to try i (2, Informative)

DohnJoe (900898) | about 7 years ago | (#20439415)

As angle of attack increases, ground speed goes down
I think you mean pitch instead of 'angle of attack'

Angle of Attack is defined as the angle between the direction of the airflow wind and the wing, and has by definition little to do with the ground speed or the wind direction.

i can't wait.. (0, Troll)

oedneil (871555) | about 7 years ago | (#20437371)

to see how Fox News tries to paint this as a tool for terrorists.

Re:i can't wait.. (1)

Electrode (255874) | about 7 years ago | (#20437387)

Or ABC, CBS... hell, even PBS will stoop to that level if they need cash...

Terrorism? (5, Funny)

German_Dupree (1099089) | about 7 years ago | (#20437379)

I can just see the U.S. government attacking Google as a "terrorist training ground".

Everyone knows that if it teaches you to fly an airplane, it's an Islam extremist hotbed.

Re:Terrorism? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437721)

No, asshole, people w/ PIPE bombs, that's an ISLAMIST hotbed.

So ya, go ahead and post a FUCKING picture of Mohammad. The people that will "protest" are US supporters. Get your head OUT OF YOUR ASS.

Another terrorist feature... (1)

jdogalt (961241) | about 7 years ago | (#20437385)

Now the terrorists won't even have to shell out $$ for MS-flight sim...

But at least they won't be able to simulate hitting Cheney's [wikipedia.org] house very well.

Which is of course the first fantasy I'd want to explore with it...

Re:Another terrorist feature... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437477)

And they call us haters. Seems to me that most of the real hate is on the left.

Re:Another terrorist feature... (0, Offtopic)

jdogalt (961241) | about 7 years ago | (#20437731)

What I hate is the hypocrisy of a political party, that tries to crucify Bill Clinton for *blatantly* lying under oath about a consensual blowjob, and then proceeds to lie to the american public about terrorists seeking nuclear weapons (african uranium), to justify a war that has cost a trillion [msn.com] dollars. When that money could have been spent bringing true security, and even food, to *all* [biblegateway.com] of God's children.

I don't hate the republicans. I fear for their souls.

Re:Another terrorist feature... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20438217)

You really don't have a clue, do you? I pity you because you apparently enjoy your ignorance.

Re:Another terrorist feature... (1)

nyekulturniy (413420) | about 7 years ago | (#20437585)

Good heavens, you can't wait until January 2009?

Re:Another terrorist (hunting) feature... (1)

EtaCarinae (1149927) | about 7 years ago | (#20438879)

Well, I'll imagine US will monitor where people virtually fly. Do not train white house assaults or CIA will be knocking on your door!

This would be a great post for April 1 (1)

saskboy (600063) | about 7 years ago | (#20437393)

I'd expect this from Slashdot on April First, or Google even, because so many people would think it is a hoax.

Re:This would be a great post for April 1 (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437507)

Except that it's not exactly an easter egg. It's under the Tools menu. Verifying that it exists is easy: open up Google Earth, use Help/Check for Updates to make sure you have the latest version, and pull open the Tools menu. There it is.

Also, here are the keyboard controls off Google's website [google.com] .

Saying that it was "discovered" makes it sound like it was hidden. It wasn't.

Re:This would be a great post for April 1 (5, Informative)

Goaway (82658) | about 7 years ago | (#20437625)

Quoting the very page you linked to:

Once you have entered flight simulator mode for the first time, you can re-enter the mode by choosing Tools > Enter Flight Simulator.

So no, it's not in the Tools menu by default, and yes, it's an easter egg.

Re:This would be a great post for April 1 (1)

Purity Of Essence (1007601) | about 7 years ago | (#20437867)

Basic flight controls have been in the Google Earth options since the beginning. Under Navigation, right there in plane sight. Groan, but true.

Re:This would be a great post for April 1 (1)

Bob Gelumph (715872) | about 7 years ago | (#20437927)

Did you ever try using that mode?
It sucked and didn't give you all the degrees of freedom in a fluid way.
You couldn't even point in an upward angle.

Re:This would be a great post for April 1 (1)

Purity Of Essence (1007601) | about 7 years ago | (#20438175)

Yeah, it wasn't a full blown flight sim or anything, and it had pretty rotten controls, but it still provided me with a lot of harrowing entertainment. And it has the advantage of working at any flight speed and never stalling. The new flight sim is obviously a lot better in every other way and having joystick support is fantastic (if twitchy) as is being able to look around. They just need to make it configurable and add a helicopter mode and I'd be in heaven (or a smoking crater if you don't believe in that sort of thing).

Re:This would be a great post for April 1 (1)

Fweeky (41046) | about 7 years ago | (#20438263)

Funny, it was there from the moment I installed the latest beta here.

Re:This would be a great post for April 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437627)

You seem to have missed the part where it does not show up under tools until you Control + Alt + A for the first time. Unless you came across it by accident or found out about it from someone else, you wouldn't know it was there. I would say that certainly qualifies as an easter egg.

Doom in Microsoft Office (2, Informative)

Tom9729 (1134127) | about 7 years ago | (#20437439)

This is kind of like the Doom "game" hidden in one of the old Microsoft office programs. If I remember right, one version of Excel also had a flight simulator.

I love easter eggs.

Re:Doom in Microsoft Office (5, Informative)

brteag00 (987351) | about 7 years ago | (#20437465)

> If I remember right, one version of Excel also had a flight simulator.

Yep, Excel '97 had a flight sim.
  - Hit 'F5'
  - Jump to cell X97:L97
  - Press 'TAB'
  - Hold down and
  - Press the "Chart Wizard" button on the toolbar.

I bet the graphics in this one are a little better, though.

Re:Doom in Microsoft Office (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20438521)

Ah, so THAT'S why Microsoft was delaying Vista for so long! I wonder what flight sims and FPSes are running in background there, waiting to be discovered!

Re:Doom in Microsoft Office (2)

Bongo Bill (853669) | about 7 years ago | (#20438939)

Plus there was that one puzzle/maze/trivia game in one of the releases of Encarta. Good times.

I'm surprised.... (1, Redundant)

akkarin (1117245) | about 7 years ago | (#20437445)

I'm surprised that the Govt hasn't banned this, claiming it to be a terrorist cell training tool. Just a matter of time, I guess...

Re:I'm surprised.... (-1, Troll)

Goaway (82658) | about 7 years ago | (#20437639)

That's a very clever and original joke! It is a good thing you wasted no time in posting this, because nobody else could have possibly thought that one up!

Wise Guys! (5, Funny)

stox (131684) | about 7 years ago | (#20437455)

The only airport they list for Chicago is Meigs. The only airport that no longer exists in Chicago.

Re:Wise Guys! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437667)

Yes and it SUCKS it no longer exists. I used to be able to fly into Chicago for lunch, get out of the plane and WALK to several decent resturants. But no, they decided it was much more important to have it available for Rich assholes to live on waterfront $1,000,000 condos are far more important.

Destruction of Meigs Airport is solid proof that nobody cares about general aviation anymore.

Re:Wise Guys! (4, Informative)

hottoh (540941) | about 7 years ago | (#20437715)

We can all thank Mayor Daily for the airport distruction (I think I spelled the Mayor's name wrong, but correcting it is not worth the effort).

Paraphrasing the reason for the destruction, "the people of Chicago live in fear of terrorist attacks, and I need to do what I can to keep Chicago safe."

Secretly planning to destroy the airport in the early morning hours acheives that end?

Re:Wise Guys! (2, Funny)

Nimey (114278) | about 7 years ago | (#20437745)

Chicago's dead people seem to think so; they re-elected him a few months ago.

Re:Wise Guys! (4, Funny)

stox (131684) | about 7 years ago | (#20437749)

Yes, you did spell the mayor's name wrong, the correct spelling is "Emperor Daley." Mein Führer and All Hail the King would also be acceptable.

Re:Wise Guys! (1)

Triv (181010) | about 7 years ago | (#20438831)

We can all thank Mayor Daily for the airport distruction (I think I spelled the Mayor's name wrong, but correcting it is not worth the effort).


I can't help but laugh when people justify not making a five second google search by typing out five seconds worth of text.

(It's spelled Daley [wikipedia.org] .)


Triv

Re:Wise Guys! (1)

Tribbin (565963) | about 7 years ago | (#20437813)

Google took the airport for the game so it's no longer there.

Re:Wise Guys! (4, Interesting)

Purity Of Essence (1007601) | about 7 years ago | (#20437899)

Maybe that's a nod to subLOGIC's FS2, the first home flight sim to feature real locations and airports. Chicago's Meigs Field was the player's default starting point.

Easter Egg reminds me of... (2, Informative)

Will the Chill (78436) | about 7 years ago | (#20437463)

when Microsoft embedded an entire FPS into an old version of Excel. It was truly surreal to be working in a "serious" application and be able to open up a secretly-coded real game engine.

Weird with a beard!

-Will the Chill

*this sig intentionally left blank*

Re:Easter Egg reminds me of... (1)

Tribbin (565963) | about 7 years ago | (#20437827)

Ah, so that's why we pay so much. Game engines in office applications.

MS Word was finished in '97, the programmers got bored and wrote clippies and game engines instead.

So does it work... (5, Funny)

dbolger (161340) | about 7 years ago | (#20437479)

...with Google Sky?

Start thrusters, take off, aim nose towards Andromeda, sit back and wait for two million years, find an airport, land.

Sweet! :D

Re:So does it work... (1)

Tribbin (565963) | about 7 years ago | (#20437843)

I'm quite sure google wrote bots to explore the universe.

Re:So does it work... (1)

aldheorte (162967) | about 7 years ago | (#20437939)

You can do this in EVE, at least within a solar system. In regular space, ships travel at, say, 1000M/s on average. You can travel anywhere in a solar system entirely on regular speed or go to a 'hyperspace warp' that peaks your speed at about 3000c (6AU/s). Assuming you started at a planet the same distance from its sun as the Earth, it would take about 4.75 years of continuous flying without going to warp before you plunged into the sun (not that you can actually plunge into the sun - they are just empty shells that do no damage in EVE). We'll just wave away the server uptime issues and such, of course.

Much more fun is taking extremely fast ships and 'moon skimming' from one terminus to the other. A reasonably fast ship does in the order of 5000M/s. Let's say you go into orbit around a moon the size of Earth's moon. At 5km/s skimming close to the surface, you would be all the way around it in about 36 minutes. If you start at the terminus on one side and just fly around the dark side to reach the other terminus and see sunrise, you can do it in half that.

Oldnews (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20438905)

This was available in the last few versions. The documentation was all online, this is old news. Stupid incurious monkeys...

Re:So does it work... (1)

WingCmdr (100480) | about 7 years ago | (#20439311)

You'll get there quicker if you use the warp engines. :-)

Sweet (5, Informative)

John Frink (919768) | about 7 years ago | (#20437481)

Just tried a flight, shows hills and everything. Way more than I expected from an easter egg. Kudos to the guy who dreamed this up.

Re:Sweet (3, Interesting)

cathector (972646) | about 7 years ago | (#20438011)

of course it shows hills and everything. have you used google earth ?
imnsfho (keepin it retro) GE is one of the most significant application of computers since internet searching,
and layering a flight-simulator on top of it is [just] a great extension of an awesome core technology.

Re:Sweet (2, Informative)

shird (566377) | about 7 years ago | (#20438021)

Its nice and all.. but I don't think it would have been terribly hard to implement. You can already pan the view around in the same manner.. it would have been just a matter of adding some controls and basic physics to pan the view around. The 'hills and everything' are already part of Google earth. It shows the 3D buildings too in some places.

Look out, Flight Simulator! (4, Interesting)

mcrbids (148650) | about 7 years ago | (#20438429)

I'm a private pilot, and the other simulators disappoint. They are good for practicing Instrument procedure, and to a certain extent, airplane maneuvers, but for just plane fun (pun intended) they are weak.

Most of the joy of flying General Aviation (small) planes is the view - nothing like it anywhere else, including that commercial jet. (which rockets up to 45,000 feet in 10 minutes where you can't see jack) Flight simulators have typically given depictions of the landscape - patterns that are rough analogies of what you'd actually find out the window.

But this is the real McCoy! Resolution is still weak, and the plane handling characteristics are lousy, but when I'm flying 5,500 VFR over the East Bay, it actually IS the East Bay. I noticed that once you've started the Easter Egg, you can re-launch from any view, which let me spin a few circles above local Oroville, CA.

I recognized everything and had no trouble finding the local airport, and successfully landed the very first try in the SR-22. Since I've never flown an SR22, I had to stall it first in the air to figure out what my approach speed should be - about 70 knots seemed about right.

Really, if they put some spit and polish on this, it could give FS X a real run for its money - for just plane fun, it already rivals FS X!

that blog (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20437489)

did he spam the name of his blog enough? jesus, and what a boring review. I could have summed it up in 30 seconds. press this. choose that. heres how to lift off and crash into the ground in 5 seconds thus showing us nothing. oh blog spam for the 3rd time.

Re:that blog (2, Funny)

Bob Gelumph (715872) | about 7 years ago | (#20437941)

I could have summed it up in 30 seconds
But you didn't.

get out of the plane and visit people's houses? (1)

bariswheel (854806) | about 7 years ago | (#20437697)

It would be nice if we could get out of the airplane and visit people's virtual homes. I got tons of cool stuff to show my virtual guests, I don't know about you guys. Another interesting way to meet people and establish relationships, what can I say?

Re:get out of the plane and visit people's houses? (1)

Tribbin (565963) | about 7 years ago | (#20437861)

And watching the neighbour's wife shower and stuff. I get your point.

Re:get out of the plane and visit people's houses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20438133)

Second life.

Meigs the long time default airport in M$ flight.. (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | about 7 years ago | (#20437739)

Meigs the long time default airport in M$ flight sim is in hear.

Time to update the old corollary? (5, Funny)

Ant P. (974313) | about 7 years ago | (#20437791)

All programs expand indefinitely until they include a flight simulator. And email.

Doesn't work for me (1)

DTemp (1086779) | about 7 years ago | (#20437847)

Hymm, I just installed the new version on my mac, did the Command+option+A, and its not working!

Re:Doesn't work for me (4, Informative)

Bob Gelumph (715872) | about 7 years ago | (#20437949)

Zoom to San Francisco airport and try it from there.
It is weird, but it works.
Also, use fn-up and fn-down in place of page up and page down on a powerbook.

Re:Doesn't work for me (2, Informative)

Riquez (917372) | about 7 years ago | (#20438123)

Yep, it does work, but you have to hold the keys down for a few moments to trigger the dialogue box.

Re:Doesn't work for me (1)

bnenning (58349) | about 7 years ago | (#20438691)

I had to click on the main view to remove focus from the text fields, then Command-option-A worked.

Re:Doesn't work for me (1)

initialE (758110) | about 7 years ago | (#20439229)

For me it didn't work until I had the main window in focus. Means, click on the map.

Yeah, it's all fun at first (4, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 7 years ago | (#20437951)

But I for one am going to be shitting my pants when they update the ground textures to account for the bombing missions I flew in the flight simulator. I will be shitting my pants once again when I leave my house and notice the houses I targeted in my neighborhood are no longer there.

Re:Yeah, it's all fun at first (1)

lastchance_000 (847415) | about 7 years ago | (#20438617)

Ender's Google Earth?

Tried it out (1)

Piedramente (1063240) | about 7 years ago | (#20437969)

I tried it out for a couple hours and I think it is pretty cool overall. It seems like a natural extension of Google Earth and I enjoyed flying over a couple familiar sites. I think it is a very good start, and I hope they continue working on it by adding more views and features! If you have it, definitely give it a go!

Google "20% time" at work? (4, Interesting)

cashman73 (855518) | about 7 years ago | (#20437991)

I wonder if this is one of those projects that came out of Google's "20% time" policy, where engineers are given 20% of their time (one day per week) to work on a project of "personal interest"? It's plausible, since this isn't exactly a main feature of google earth. Then again, Google Sky might have been a 20% time project, too?

Bill Gates is probably going to be real pissed if this starts eating into his M$ Flight Sim profits, especially if (a) this remains free and (b) Google expands it to include more aircraft and options.

On another note, I wonder if they could make this a network thing, so perhaps we could have dog fights with other users in the air? But the feds would probably put a stop to that, since that would also require Google to install live missiles and bombs in the simulator, allowing people to start bombing various structures in google earth,...

Not Engineer - Programmer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20438089)

There are no engineers in programming, just programmers. This is a "sanitation engineer" thing, and really nonsense to anyone real engineer.

Agreed (1)

p3d0 (42270) | about 7 years ago | (#20438189)

I have an engineering degree (two, in fact) and I never call myself an engineer. I usually say I "write software".

Re:Google "20% time" at work? (1)

644bd346996 (1012333) | about 7 years ago | (#20438331)

I would guess that this was a 20% time project. I's such an obvious feature to add when you're getting bored with the regular stuff. It is also a very rough alpha-quality feature. For example, it seems quite laggy - probably single threaded. The gauges also can't handle wide screens well - the compass and the tops of the altitude and airspeed indicators will move off the top of the screen. The controls are also pretty rough.

Given that, I still think they've killed quite a few MS Flight Simulator sales. Google Earth's scenery is much better, and they will probably be adding 3d building support too. People who use flight simulators just for the scenery will probably stop buying FS, and people who really care about realism are already using X-Plane.

Re:Google "20% time" at work? (1)

Andrew Aguecheek (767620) | about 7 years ago | (#20438923)

"and they will probably be adding 3d building support too"

They already do don't they? Even in the flightsim.

Re:Google "20% time" at work? (1)

8ball629 (963244) | about 7 years ago | (#20439283)

I'm all for the networking aspect! Go Google!

Oh no! I'm lost in the Mojave Desert in my F16 and there is no Cessnas to blow out of the sky! :(

it's in the tools menu (1)

pigphish (1070214) | about 7 years ago | (#20438033)

after you press ctl+sht+a it appears perpetually under the tool menu. i wonder if its a feature they planned on implementing in a later release.

Thank you Google (3, Insightful)

halo8 (445515) | about 7 years ago | (#20438191)

Thanks to everyone at google, this is so amazing.

THIS
THIS is the flight sim i have wanted to fly all my life!

Really awesome, BUT... (2, Interesting)

Raven737 (1084619) | about 7 years ago | (#20438769)

I just wish there was a way i could pre-cache a certain area at the highest detail level.
As it is now, it only starts to download when you are already in an area which means
that you are always seeing sub optimal detail levels when you fly into new areas.

For Google it should be easy to make a simple position prediction algorithem (including z) to prioritize
map content area and detail level download. Especially in a flight sim it should be fairly easy to predict
near future positions with a relative high degree of certainty.

Oh well, i was still having more fun playing this then i was playing MS FlighSim X...
Performance probably had a lot do to with that, but also the fact that high res.
aerial pictures for everything is simply better then crappy generated (i should say composited)
detail textures for most everything.

Of course this is this and MS Fligh Sim is something totally different in terms of scope and realism.
Nevertheless, this is free, fun, quick and simple and for me that simply wins :)

3D Buildings please!!! (1)

hughk (248126) | about 7 years ago | (#20439003)

Where the earth is really bumpy, i.e., mountain ranges it looks great. So when you take of from Kathmandu (the default), you can head for the big Himalayas and the definition is excellent. The problem is that the 3D buildings aren't rendered in flight sim mode, as far as I can see.

Re:3D Buildings please!!! (1)

init100 (915886) | about 7 years ago | (#20439223)

The problem is that the 3D buildings aren't rendered in flight sim mode, as far as I can see.

No? They are for me.

PS: Spacemouse works too.... (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 7 years ago | (#20439159)

I've been playing Google earth with a space mouse for ages.

It's 10000% more fun than the normal mouse controls.

Oooooh an easter egg .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20439307)

So 1990's, so Microsoft.

To make it work in Linux.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20439319)

... you just need to press Ctrl + Windows key + A (instead of Ctrl+Alt+A)

Re:To make it work in Linux.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20439405)

It's just Ctl +A for Linux, forget the Windows key Linux doesn't need it ;D
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