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'Fly' the EAA Sweepstakes Aircraft on Your Computer

Google Earth

December 13, 2007 — Did you know that the popular virtual globe program Google Earth contains an "Easter egg" - a hidden feature - for aviation enthusiasts? It has a built-in flight simulator that allows users to "fly" two aircraft, an F-16 fighter and a Cirrus SR22, anywhere in the virtual world. EAA's 2008 "Share the Spirit Sweepstakes" aircraft is a new Generation Three Cirrus SR20, you can try flying the "22" for free right on your PC!

First, download and install Google Earth, then find the hidden flight sim, hit Ctrl+Alt+A (Windows) Control+Option+A (Mac). (It must be capital A.) You may need to do this more than once to pop up the dialog box where you can pick your airplane (we recommend the Cirrus) and a start-up airport from a pull-down list of options.

If you're a flight sim veteran, you'll likely discover the limitations in this just-for-fun program; it's not the most accurate simulation available and the starting airports are limited.but the renderings of the scenery, landscape and buildings are pure Google Earth. And best of all, it's free.

For a list of control and keyboard commands, click here.

And don't forget to try your luck at winning a real Cirrus or other great prizes in EAA's 2008 Share the Spirit Sweepstakes. Visit www.WinAPlane.com today!

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