Google Earth flight simulator keyboard controls

This section describes the various keyboard combinations that you can use with the flight simulator. To enter the flight simulator mode, press CTRL + Alt + A (Command/Open Apple Key + Option + A on the Mac). Once you have entered flight simulator mode for the first time, you can re-enter the mode by choosing Tools > Enter Flight Simulator. To leave flight simulator mode, click Exit Flight Simulator in the top right corner or press CTRL + Alt + A (Command/Open Apple Key+ Option + A on the Mac).

The following keystrokes control navigation and other aspects of the flight simulator. You can also control the aircraft with a mouse or joystick. To disable or enable mouse controls, left click. Once mouse controls are active, the pointer shape changes to a cross on your screen.

Note - Until you enter flight simulator mode, the following commands do not work.

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Windows/Linux
Keystroke(s)

Mac
Keystroke(s)

Result or Comment

Exit flight simulator CTRL + Alt + A, Escape Command/Open Apple Key+ Option + A, Escape Exits flight simulator mode.
Open flight simulator options CTRL + Alt + A Command/Open Apple Key + Option + A Opens the flight simulator dialog box.
Rotate pilot viewpoint Arrow keys + Alt (slow) or CTRL (fast) Arrow keys + Alt (slow) or CTRL (fast) Moves the viewpoint in the direction of the arrow.
Display flight simulator help CTRL + H - Opens this flight simulator keyboard commands page.
Increase thrust Page Up Page Up -
Reduce thrust Page Down Page Down -
Aileron left Left arrow Left arrow -
Aileron right Right arrow Right arrow -
Elevator push Up arrow Up arrow -
Elevator pull Down arrow Down arrow down -
Rudder left Insert Shift + left arrow -
Rudder right Enter (numeric keypad) Enter (numeric keypad) -
Rudder left Shift + left arrow Shift + left arrow -
Rudder right Shift + right arrow Shift + right arrow -
Elevator trim nose down Home Home -
Elevator trim nose up End End -
Elevator trim nose down Shift + up arrow Shift + up arrow -
Elevator trim nose up Shift + down arrow Shift + down arrow -
Reduce flap setting Left bracket Left bracket -
Increase flap setting Right bracket Right bracket -
Reduce flap setting Shift + F Shift + F -
Increase flap setting F F -
Center aileron and rudder 5 5 -
Center aileron and rudder C C -
Extend/retract landing gear G G Only works if landing gear is retractable on current aircraft
Left wheel brake , (comma) , (comma) -
Right wheel brake . (period) . (period) -
Pause simulation Space Space -
Toggle HUD H H -