How to use Flight Simulator on Google Earth – Discover the World from Above

How to use Flight Simulator on Google Earth – Discover the World from Above:

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After Streetview, Google Earth’s flying simulator is one of my favourite features. Few people are aware that Google Earth Pro includes a built-in Flight Simulator that provides a realistic flying experience. You can begin your journey from any airport and fly your plane throughout the world. The flying experience is enjoyable and gives you a sense of realism. We’ll show you how to use the flying simulator in Google Earth in this article, so let’s get started.

What is Flight Simulator on Google Earth:

A Flight Simulator is a Google Earth feature that lets you fly a plane to various destinations or stay within the same geographical area. The directions are easy to understand. The Google Earth flying simulator is available from the drop-down menus in the left-hand panel. Once you click on that, you can start flying.

To get started, open the drop-down menu and select “Flight Simulator”. There are four tabs available in the Flight Simulator, so make sure that you navigate to one that is right for you. The first one, “World Map”, is the default one.

The Flight Simulator has 10 mission mode options, all of which will give you a similar experience of taking off your Flight Simulator.

What is Google Earth Pro?

Google Earth Pro is one of the best features of Google Earth. If you want to experience Streetview, fly your drone, explore and discover the world using your PC or mobile device, Google Earth Pro should be one of your top choices. Google Earth Pro includes many interesting features that help you discover the world in a different way. You can take amazing landscape pictures, plan your vacation to some exotic place, shoot a professional video, explore Earth and explore its natural resources, discover the world, and explore its people using Google Earth Pro. All this and more are available in Google Earth Pro.

How to Use Flight Simulator on Google Earth Pro:

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Here’s what you need to do to use a Flight Simulator in Google Earth. First, make sure you have Google Earth Pro installed. It’s an additional program that comes with Google Earth Pro. Download and install Google Earth Pro from the official website. Once installed, launch Google Earth Pro, and you will see the “Flight Simulator” option in the Settings menu.

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Hit the “Start Simulation” button, and the simulator will appear. If you don’t see this, you can hit the remote control (usually located in the left-hand corner of your screen) and open the “Video” menu and search for “Flight Simulator.”

Once you have launched the Flight Simulator, you can move the display around by moving your mouse.

It would be best if you were in full-screen mode by either clicking the small square on the Google Earth program’s top right and making sure the 3D building is on.

Using Controls:

Step 1. Launch Google Earth Pro

In order to access Google Earth Pro, you need to download the Google Earth Pro application. It’s a very easy to use app that allows you to get all the Google Earth maps and features that you need.

Step 2. Access the Flight Simulator Settings

Once you’ve downloaded the Google Earth Pro application, open it, and you’ll be greeted by the Flight Simulator settings. On the settings, you’ll see some other Flight Simulation options as well as a lot more. For now, just focus on the Flight Simulator, the Flight Simulation page.

Step 3. Right-click the plane

Now, click on the plane. You’ll notice there’s a series of options to change the settings for the simulator.

Step 4. Change the plane

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Just double-click on the plane, and you’ll be able to change it quickly.

After selecting the aircraft, you can choose your start position, which is the current view or airport runways. You can only choose certain airports and not all airports around the world. Airports have selected runways. You can start flying an aircraft while in the air.

Getting ready for take-off:

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To begin your flight in the Google Earth simulator, first select your aircraft and departure location before clicking “Start a Flight.” Upon commencement, you will be presented with the runway in front of you. Control of the aircraft can be managed using either the keyboard or joystick, though the plane is only visible via the flight display. This display exhibits various essential details, such as the gear and banking indicators, speed and altitude readings, and compass data. It’s important to note that the cockpit control is not included in the Google Earth simulator.

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If you are using the keyboard, increase the throttle by pressing the page up key to taxi the aircraft to the runway. Upon reaching take-off speed, use the arrow down key to lift the aircraft, and keep the mouse centered on the screen to maintain stability. If a joystick is being utilized, use the small throttle located on the stick to increase the aircraft’s speed until take-off speed is achieved. To level off the aircraft, pull on the joystick, then press the “G” key to retract the gear and Shift F to retract the flap. Furthermore, the scroll button on the top of the joystick can be used to look around, and pressing the “H” key will hide the instrument display. It’s worth noting that the joystick should be plugged in before launching the Google Earth Pro program.

If you opt to use the Fighter jet (F-16), you’ll quickly notice it’s faster than the standard aircraft. For a more leisurely exploration, the SR-22 aircraft is recommended as it travels at a slower speed. However, it’s important to note that the noise typically associated with airplanes is not audible while using the Google Earth simulator.

How to use Flight Simulator on Google Earth for kids:

While this isn’t an exhaustive list of Google Earth Flight Simulator methods, it’s a good starting point. If you’re looking for a nice app to fly you around the world, you’ll love Google Earth’s pilot Flight Simulator. Here’s how to use it for kids:

First, open the program. If it’s already installed, you’ll see a blue ‘Pilot’ button at the top right. Click on it. Google Earth launches into the simulator. For the best flying experience, make sure your screen is turned to landscape orientation. At the bottom, there’s a box with the airplane’s altitude and speed. You can adjust these values to create a realistic flight experience.

You can also use the controls to fly around the map. Go back to the main menu, and you’ll see a list of all the regions that you can fly through.

What About Adults?

With this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to create a plane in the Google Earth flying simulator using the coordinates of your destination. There are a few things that you need to know about how to fly a plane. Here’s what you need to know.

Step 1: Download the Google Earth Pro app for your desktop and install it on your computer. The program is available for free in Google Play Store.

Step 2: Navigate to the Google Earth Pro folder by clicking on the new icon in the upper right corner of the Google Earth Pro folder.

Step 3: Open the Flight Simulator by clicking on the flight simulator icon in the top-right corner of the flight simulator window.

Step 4: Launch the Flight Simulator.

Step 5: While you are in the plane, look for your location by hovering your mouse over your place.
By following the above steps, you’ll be able to enjoy Google Earth Flight Simulator as an adult, and it’ll make you a happy time.

Benefits of using Google Earth Pro:

Google Earth Pro has several advantages. First, it has free, unlimited licenses for a user. A user who has a Google Earth Pro license can make use of the simulator for free. The only restriction is the plane that you can use in the simulator.

To fly in the simulator, you need a plane, usually a real plane that you purchased from a company. Google Earth Pro helps you find real planes on the internet. This helps you to buy the aircraft that suits your preferences.

Second, Google Earth Pro contains two tools: Digital Globe and Wikimapia. The tools help you to see places around the world and to identify locations that are not yet fully mapped by Google.

The three tools combined form an excellent mapping service that helps you explore parts of the world that is not yet fully mapped by Google.

Exiting Flight Simulator:

To exit Flight Simulator, click the exit button on the right side of the screen or click the ” x” button.


The flying simulator in Google Earth is a fantastic addition to any virtual plane collector. In this article, we showed you how to use it, and now it’s your turn to use it. Have fun and feel the sensation of flying!

Have you tried Google Earth Flight Simulator? How was your experience? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments below. πŸ™‚

9 thoughts on “How to use Flight Simulator on Google Earth – Discover the World from Above

  1. I am already ready to take off! Right from the start of your article, I discovered what I was doing wrong. I didn´t know that I had to download the latest Google Earth pro version. I will go that right now. Thank you for also giving us additional tips to make the most of our experience. I am excited!

    1. Thanks for your feedback. These tips are provided to get the best experience while flying virtually. Flight Simulator should work on latest Google Earth version.

  2. I have never heard of Google earth before but it sounds really interesting. Can you please explain further what Google earth is. It is actually crazy how many things are under Google. This just goes to show how amazing this company is and that they are making a whole lot of money haha. 

  3. I have a long time scrolling around Google Earth pro. But I am excited to now start navigating it with Flight Simulator gear. It’s cool that our kids can also use the flight simulator. We may even encourage them to become a pilot when they are grownup. I wish I had these tools when I was a child.

    1. Google earth flight simulator are made for adults and kids. It can be played with keyboard or the joystick. You should give it a try one day.

  4. I had no idea that you could do this. I wanted to buy my nephew a video game for his birthday, but I might as well save a few bucks and show him this instead. I’m sure he’ll like it, as he wants everything else related to flying. 

    Any other flight simulators? 

    1. Yes there is Flight Simulator 2020 and X plane 11, but your should let your nephew  try Google Earth first.

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