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FlightGear - Flight Simulator

If you have flown a plane or it was on your bucket list here is a free program to let you try your hand at it.

Download at the following link.

FlightGear - Flight Simulator

FlightGear Flight Simulator: free open-source multiplatform flight sim

Brought to you by: curt, jmturner, stuartbuchanan, torstendreyer

Founded in 1997, FlightGear is developed by a worldwide group of volunteers, brought together by a shared ambition to create the most realistic flight simulator possible that is free to use, modify and distribute. FlightGear is used all over the world by desktop flight simulator enthusiasts, for research in universities and for interactive exhibits in museums.

FlightGear features more than 400 aircraft, a worldwide scenery database, a multi-player environment, detailed sky modelling, a flexible and open aircraft modelling system, varied networking options, multiple display support, a powerful scripting language and an open architecture. Best of all, being open-source, the simulator is owned by the community and everyone is encouraged to contribute.


  • Free and Open
  • Cross Platform (Mac, *nix, Windows)
  • Complete World Scenery
  • Highly Configurable
  • Multiscreen (current standing record: 10 on a single PC)
  • Active Community


edroberts1943 Posted 09/26/2016

I found installation of on Windows 10 to be very easy--just run the installer and wait...and wait. Getting an airplane to fly--well, that is another matter. Landing, another story too. I chose to stick with the Cessna 172 because I have actually flown these planes. To get the plane started, one must do exactly what you do in a real plane. Switches on, magneto to both, mixture to full, throttle to about 25%, prime several times, then start (with the s key). If you are flying with the mouse, use the option string to specify coordinated controls--otherwise, expect to crash. Landing takes a lot of practice but it is just as in a real plane. Reduce speed to about 80, flaps down, line up on the runway, and keep the plane flying as long as possible. Apply brakes after touching down to stop the roll out. This is a sophisticated simulation and is therefore not for the casual gamer. A real pilot can gain much practice and skill using it. Also, you can do crazy things you would never do in a real plane where you could kill yourself. Highly recommended.

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Sweet Home 3D

This free program will provide you with the opportunity to keep your mind ticking over in a most interesting application. You will be able to help your children, grandchildren, friends when they are contemplating their house building or changes. It is frre and as you can see from the comments easy to use.

An interior design application to draw house plans & arrange furniture

Brought to you by: puybaret

Sweet Home 3D is an interior design application that helps you to quickly draw the floor plan of your house, arrange furniture on it, and visit the results in 3D.


  • Draw walls and rooms upon the image of an existing plan, on one or more levels
  • Drag and drop doors, windows and furniture from a catalog onto the plan
  • Update colors, texture, size and orientation of furniture, walls, floors and ceilings
  • View all changes simultaneously in the 3D view from any view point
  • Create photorealistic images and videos with various light sources
  • Import additional 3D models and export the plan at various standard formats


tracethemark Posted 09/14/2018

Used this EASY application for creating room layout and general floor plan. Other than having to use Internet Explorer (and remember to use that) it was VERY easy. Sample uploaded in my project.

tries Posted 01/14/2018

Awesome! With no previous knowledge, within 2 hours a simple model can be made from a floorplan, including basic furniture. Great tool!, simple to use

checmark Posted 07/15/2017

Best home design program I've ever used and I've used a lot. Turbo Home Plan, Sketchup, SmartDraw and many, many more. Not only is Sweet Home 3D intuitive to use in so many ways, but you can also import models from the 3D Sketchup library, meaning a virtually endless supply of designs. If I had any criticism I would say it's limited on being able to add mechanical and engineering levels like plumbing and electrical. I would happily pay for an advanced version.

olli28 Posted 04/29/2017

Excellent Software to plan the layout of a house. We are now planning to built a new house (a real one), so this software is very helpful to find the perfect layout. The feature to change the size of the furniture is just awesome, so you can easily adopt furniture from the library to the size you need. All changes done in 2D are directly shown in 3D and the feature to walk around in 3D is just fantastic. You can download the software for free and directly use it. Since I am very satisfied and the software helps us a lot a donation is just a logical consequence. Thanks a lot to provide this software.

scanff Posted 06/05/2016

Wow a real handy tool!!! My 13 year old wants to update her room without this program I would be lost. Even she uses it and has zero cad experience. Thank you!

simonswinslam Posted 12/17/2015

Best app !! Simple and free !

pierremasse Posted 04/23/2016

Great Program and easy to use. Video's on Youtube are also very helpful to get your started. I told everyone at work about it :-)


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Online Learning

Keep dementia at bay; learn something.

There are many, many free courses available on the internet for you to do from the comfort of your own home. We have a range of suggestions in these pages and also tours you can go on to complement your studies. The tours will not be free but they won't break the bank either.

Why you should learn something.

Help your brain avoid dementia by giving it some exercise by learning something new. There are many, many courses available on the internet that you can take; some have a fee for you to do them but there are many that are FREE.

If you want a free program to use while at your computer to fly a plane the see this page.

FlightGear - Flight Simulator

Studies have shown that learning something new slows the progress of dementia in those of you who have begun to show the symptoms of this scourge of the elderly; and sometimes the not so old.

You can do this study from the comfort of your own home as long as you have a suitable computer and internet connection.

Here is a free program to download and use that you will enjoy. SWEET HOME 3D

Assistance in the form of a class or volunteer to help you get set up might be available, depending on your location. If you are miles from anywhere you will no doubt have to get it all organised online.

Some of the classes have group discussions for interaction with the other students and forums where you can pose the questions you have and the answer may be forthcoming from someone who knows.

The courses may include students from all around the world. The advantage of the internet is that you can converse with class members from several countries simultaneously.


Who we are is a question with different answers for some people. We are all descended from the same initial forming of life. Consequently we are all cousins. Click here for a brief explanation of your cousins.

Help somebody speak English.

English Conversation

Another aspect to talking to people in other countries is to assist them to improve their ability to speak and listen to English. While you can volunteer to travel to Thailand and assist a teacher there with their English Language class by providing the students with a person who can speak with them in English you can connect with them on the internet and either use the exercises we can provide to improve their English or just have a talk with them. See this program here as Volunteer to Talk.

The Maxwell Empire Scripted Books are useful as resources. See examples from them here. 

Maxwell Empire

Free courses online.

If you are not familiar with this website you are missing out on a mountain of opportunities in the field of education.

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Check out MOOC.

It is free with an enormous number of courses.


Reading about Australia

Too many Australians do not know our history.

There is no excuse for that state when you can read books written by members of the First Fleet, the explorers and many others.

Make sure you do not read Bruce Pascoe's book of lies called Dark EMU. Too many academics are worthy of the descriptor "doltish academics" for having regarded this book as factual.

Free ebooks!

free ebooks and other resources

  • The First World War.  2014 — the centenary of the beginning of the Great war. This page details a number of ebooks about ANZAC and the conflict in general.

  • Library of Australiana. Free ebooks by Australian writers, or about Australia!

  • Australia's Greatest Books. A number of Australian 'classics' which are available as free etexts.

  • Dictionary of Australian Biography. Biographies of more than 1000 people prominent in the development of Australia; explorers, artists, politicians, scientists, etc. All died before the end of 1942. An online free ebook.

  • Australian Discovery. The first authenticated landing on Australian soil occurred in 1606. In 2006 Australians celebrated the 400th anniversary of the event. This page covers the period from 1606-1770. Many free ebooks.

  • Australian Explorers. A chronology of Australian exploration with links to relevant free ebooks, together with an extensive list of Australian explorers and their biographies.

  • Australian Explorers Journals. A virtual library of free ebooks, written by the explorers themselves.

  • Australian History. Free ebooks relating to Australian History.

  • The First Fleet. Details of the First Fleet which arrived in Australia in 1788.

  • Maps and Charts relating to the Discovery of Australia by Europeans

  • Maps and Charts relating to the Exploration of Australia by Europeans

  • Timeline of Australian History. A list of of significant dates in Australian History.

  • Australian Currency. Details of people who have appeared on Australian currency.