The ACM flight simulator - Download page
This page updated: 2017-10-30
Lightweight flight simulator available here for download. Features
(latest changes in boldface):
- Open source, mostly GNU GPL or public domain license.
- Only C source code with small TCL launcher interface.
- Runs on Linux and Windows.
- Very small CPU and memory footprint; does not require specialized hardware.
- Simulated environment: ellipsoidal Earth (WGS-84 model), magnetic
field calculation (NOAA WMM model), Sun ephemeris allow to
calculate the Sun position and general scene illumination, standard
atmosphere, wind and gusts, clouds.
- Aircraft models: several available, both civil and military, 6 degrees of
freedom, bicycle or tricycle landing gear, aerodynamics simulation;
power-plant: propeller piston engine, jet engine with afterburner, rocket,
- Instrumentation: magnetic compass, classic panel (attitude indicator, airspeed
indicator, altitude indicator, turn and slip indicator, climb speed
indicator), HSI and RNAV calculator, ADF, head-up display, autopilot, direct
stick control or rate stick control.
- Weapon systems: radar, radar warning receiver, missiles, cannon, drop bombs;
robot opponents can be generated for ACM techniques practicing.
- Multiplayer capability through the standard DIS network protocol; up to 31
remote players supported.
- Sound effects.
- Extensible sceneries for several areas of the world, with navigation charts
including airports, NDB, VOR, ILS.
- Allow to choose the departure date and time (Sun lighting
and Earth magnetic field are calculated accordingly), airport and
runway; allows to fly freely around the globe (sceneries are
now dynamically loaded, where available).
- Airports for the whole USA territory can be generated from the
FAA airports data base. Samples include: Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Dallas, New York and Boston areas. Some other scenery available as well.
- Chart program to generate navigation charts from the sceneries above.
Available packages and resources
acm-6.0_20171030-windows.zip (1093 KB)
Executable program for Windows x86_32 and x86_64 (this latter
in compatibility mode). Windows users should download this
package. It contains all you need to execute the program, including
sceneries, navigation charts and reference manual. You will
only need the tcl/tk interpreter in order to execute the handy ACM
launcher interface, I recommend that from Magicsplat.
acm-6.0_20171030.tar.gz (1375 KB)
Source code package, mostly C language, 32-bits and 64-bits compliant
for Linux and Windows. Linux users must download this one; no
binary package available for them, but no fear: no need for exotic
libraries or special configurations, the standard gcc compiler and
usual console tools are just fine! Windows users might find compiling
these sources a by more challenging as the installation of the MinGW system development kit is also
CVS repository for the latest changes (see the CHANGES.txt file). Anonymous CVS access
also available, see CVS.
ACM Reference Manual
A comprehensive guide to all the features of the program, including the
description of all the available instruments, a basic flight tutorial,
weapon systems, how to define new aircraft and new sceneries. Included
in all the packages above.