One of the lesser known features of Google Earth is the in-built Flight Simulator. Accessible via the Tools Menu, the Flight Sim allows you to fly the globe from a selected number of airports around the world.
This makes traveling the world using Google Earth a bit more interesting and fun than just panning it over with your mouse.
1. To access the simulator, go to the Tools menu
2. You can then choose between two types of plane. Also, you can choose whether to fly from your current position in Google Earth or take-off from a selection of different airports.
3. The controls for Google Earth Flight Simulator aren’t very clear. You can use a Joystick if you’ve got one but if not, you’ll need to refer to this list of keyboard controls. Note that they are different for Windows/Linux and Mac.
4. The Head-Up Display is a standard basic HUD which displays altitude, heading, throttle etc.
5. It takes a while to master the basics, especially controlling thrust and altitude to prevent crashing. Once you have, it’s fun flying around and clicking on points of interest as if you were browsing Google Earth normally. You can even land your plane by throttling down when you approach an airport and pressing G to extend the landing gear. It’s quite hard as you need to control your flaps as well as hitting both “.” and “,” to brake the left and right wheels.