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To use this flight simulator, you will need a WebGL compatible web browser. You can test this here http://webglreport.com
If you want to play using a joystick, you will need a GamePad API compliant browser (test it here) (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc.).
The option bar, at the bottom of the game screen, is the main way to interact with the flight simulator:
Note: see how to enable the joystick.
Helicopters are by definition much more difficult to fly than airplanes. The basic principle is to play with collective pitch (going up and down), cyclic pitch (going forward, backward, right and left) and anti-torque control (rotation/yaw).
By default, mouse and keyboard controls are mixing roll and yaw (aileron and rudder). This has to be disabled (in configuration panel) in order to properly fly the helicopter.
Ideally, you would have to use a joystick to be accurate enough with the helicopter but the mouse should be enough for a start.
In GeoFS, the collective pitch is controlled using the same input as the throttle for airplanes: if you press '+' several times, the helicopter will lift-off, if you press '-' it will go down.
Cyclic pitch can be controlled using the arrow keys or the mouse.
When roll/yaw mixing is disabled, use the rudder keys (default are keys A & D) for the anti-torque (yaw).
The rest is just practice and finesse.
Major Tom is probably the easiest and most relaxing way of flying in GeoFS. With just two keys you can take to the skies and look down at the earth.
The 'up' arrow key (or moving mouse or joystick up) fires the burner and when air is hot enough the balloon will take-off.
To navigate, you can try to climb to different altitudes and reach different direction and speed of wind.
Six camera modes are available. You can choose between these from the option bar or by pressing "C" to cycle through all modes.
In "Follow", "Cockpit" and "Fixed" mode:
In "Follow" mode, you can right-click and drag to set the camera's zoom factor/distance.
Use mouse wheel to increase or decrease camera field of view.
When in "Free" mode, you can position the camera to a location you like and press <Tab> to place the aircraft where the camera is.
Some aircraft will add extra cameras to the menu (cabin, wheels, wing, etc...)
See the standalone live GeoFS map
You can block a user's chat messages by clicking on it's call-sign (name) and clicking the "block" button.
If you accidentally blocked a user, you can un-block him from your profile panel (home page > profile > blocked users).
If your browser implements the gamePad API, simply press one of the joystick's button to activate it.
You can test if your joystick works and make sure your browser support the gamePadAPI here
For any other issues, please submit a bug report (see below, and remember to mention your web browser and operating system version).
You can report issues here.
When reporting a bug, please be as descriptive as possible and indicate what operating system, web browser and graphic card you are using to run this game.
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