Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How to Install FlightGear 2017.1 on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

   The FlightGear development team is delighted to announce the v2017.1 "Bergen" release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes. Highlights in this release include: Accurate buildings from OpenStreetMap, voice synthesis of tutorial instructions, improved rendering of Earth from orbit, and a more realistic blackout/redout system.

FlightGear 2017.1 release highlights:


  • Support for additional layers of scenery, initially for use by OpenStreetMap buildings.

Aircraft Modeling

  • More realistic blackout/redout system based on studies for military training simulations (FGData commit 52e559)
  • Improved AI models for a number of aircraft, and AI schedules for an increasing number of airlines

Atmospheric Light Scattering

  • New shaders for drag chute animation, allowing to render flexing and deformation under stress
  • New "grain merge" and Fresnel option for environment reflections on the aircraft fuselage
Learn more in the Newsletter.

Environment Rendering

  • For rendering views from orbit, Earthview 2.0 is now available, with support for normal maps, better upper atmosphere edge, cloud relief shader, improved dawn zone, horizon estimation and improved resource management.


  • Canvas performance has been improved.
  • Support for SIMD operations added, improving performance on some architectures
  • AI performance has been improved


  • Bergen Airport, Flesland (ENBR) in Norway is the default airport for this release.
  • Tutorial instructions are now played through the built-in voice synthesis system, making them easier to follow.


  • Accurate buildings generated through OpenStreetMap are now available via TerraSync. Buildings for the UK, Switzerland and large parts of Scandinavia are available already, with more to be generated in the future.
  • Improved scenery and terrain for the Azores

Canvas System

Highlighted new and improved aircraft

Bug fixes

  • Various bug fixes that cause crashes in multiplayer.
  • See our bugtracker for a list, albeit incomplete, of the bugs fixed in this release.

Installation instructions:

   The GetDeb repository contains the latest packages of FlightGear, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and derivatives.

Opening terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and running the command:

Ubuntu 16.04 xenial

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu xenial-getdeb games" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

$ wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install flightgear

Ubuntu 16.10 yakkety

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu yakkety-getdeb games" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

$ wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install flightgear

How to Remove:

   To remove FlightGear , open terminal and run command:

$ sudo apt-get remove flightgear && sudo apt-get autoremoveus

   And you can remove the GetDeb repository by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

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