…or “FSXGE Flight Recorder” for short.
On October 10th; I launched our first Flight Simulator X product. It provides away for any player of Flight Simulator X to record their flights and view the path of the plane in glorious 3D within Google Earth.
Google Earth is a killer app; providing a detailed land mesh and satellite imagery for the entire globe. Flight Simulator X provides a simulation which allows a player to pilot a wide range of aircraft around the same globe. FSXGE Flight Recorder simply pulls information out of Flight Simulator and creates a drawing which Google Earth can read. The results, as I’m sure you’ll agree, are outstandingly cool!
Here’s a flight I just recorded, using an “Ultralight” aircraft at Heathrow. Note the smooth and well controlled takeoff, downwind approach, final, landing and taxing 🙂
My first flight over Heathrow…
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Use the Google Earth controls to spin around for a closer view…
The controls to the software are simple: record and stop, play (open) and delete. Click record before you fly, and this neat little utility will create you a Google Earth .kml file which you can open on any machine with Google Earth. You can even drag the control/menu bar onto a screen which you can access while in-flight, stopping and starting recordings at will. This is useful for those of us who need to practice take-offs and landings!
It’s easy to create new recordings on the fly
Best of all, FSXGE Flight Recorder 1.0 is FREE.
Yes, you heard me right, FREE. I’m releasing this edition as a gift to the Flight Simming community. It’s the first software product I’ve created for Flight Simulator X, and if you use this, and you like it – please let me know! Alternatively, if you don’t like it, let me know your honest thoughts. You can get in touch with me via my blog comments, or by the contact us form on our website. If you would like to open a support ticket to get help or report a bug, you can also do so here. I would be especially keen to see your .kml flight recordings – maybe they’re better than mine? 😉
Download your free copy of FSX Google Earth Flight Recorder: from our website
If you would like to make a donation, there is a button within the software about page for this. Please consider it, if you like this software and use it regularly.
Comments please! Is this the sort of software you would like to see developed for Flight Simulator X? Do you like it, or not?
Very good. It makes you realise how bad the scenery is in FSX. It also helps to see how “unsquare” my circuits are! An excellent product.
I’ve been working on a stand-alone application for some time (with headaches) and this looks like the answer I need. Is there a conversion section where the data can be pumped out to a text-only or some other format data file which can be read after the flight is made?
My reason for asking is that it’d be great to make correctly timed 3D aircraft animations with the data imported into programs like 3D Max with this product.
Thanks for your comment, Richard. I’d be interested to hear more about your own application.
I can get the flight recorder to output the data to text file. Is there a specific format that you’re looking for?
With the layoffs at MS, and especially the FSX team, is there any hope of getting a version of FSX Google Earth for X-Plane?
X-Plane, now that’s a challenge 🙂
I need to get it first 😀
Maybe you can download the demo…its fully functional and free. Let’s you run the sim for 10 minutes and only has a small scenery area, but its free.
Is the XPlane version anything we can expect in the near future or never or….??
Just trying to decide on how to continue mapping my crosscountry flights.
I’ve been working on quite a few projects lately although I’m trying very hard to open up time in my schedule for the flight recorder. I want to support FS9 before XPlane, and I’m still working on FSX improvements.
It will come.
Regarding XPlane; I will buy it. And I will probably support it too 😛
Please stay tuned!
I have been asking / looking for this very product for months now. I love it. I fly a lot of long airline routes and it is great to be able to keep track of my flights this way. It replaces another program that I was hanging onto mainly for the mapping function. Very excellent!
I’m working on improvements to this product at the moment and also looking at incorporating FS9 and XPlane (now I finally have it!) so if you have any suggestions I’d be really pleased to look at incorporating them!
Thanks again for your kind words and feedback.
Greetings Mike, you did an outstanding job. I was looking for an addon like this for ages, I found a better one than I expected to. Cool.
Do yo have any plans to include the possibility to pick individual points along the flight path in such a way that you can know the altitude, speed, position and time of that very point? I would find it useful to re-create flight paths and checking for near misses or proximity conflicts analysis, when loading more than one file.
Waiting for the FS9 version. I like it more than the X.
Keep up with such a nice work.