Aeron Aeron is a combat flight simulator that focuses strongly on air combat maneuvering, artificial intelligence, and flight dynamics. Aeron minimizes focus on aspects such as intensive graphics, complex avionics, story/campaigns, and setting.

Message from developer


I'm Xi, the lead developer of Aeron.

We began Aeron as a high school project, pushed it through some hard times, and eventually released it on SourceForge. It was built with lots of drive and passion, but my estimate was that about 10 people will ever download such a niche thing.

It would seem that my estimation was off by about 175,000! I would like to sincerely thank everyone for trying and downloading Aeron. We are humbled to have so many people playing our game!

At the same time, I would like to personally apologise for not treating this project with more care and maintenance. Looking back, it certainly looks like a lost opportunity.

Over these 8 years since release, Aeron has been through various sequels development attempts, proflightsim scams, talks of legal action against them with the passionate flightgear community (check out flight gear, they are awesome!), arrogant university professors, modders, and been in the hands of people I never would have expected.

My vision for Aeron is still incomplete. I wish I had the time and resources to make a Steam-integrated multi-platform sequel to Aeron with updated engine and graphics, ranked play, dedicated servers, and co-operative missions, while keeping the same core of simplicity, minimalism and accessibility. I am currently working on games as just a hobby, so stuff will take some time. I last worked on a puzzle platformer called Antiflux (check it out on Steam!).

To this day I still don't know who is actually downloading Aeron. But whoever you are, whereever you serve, whatever you fly, thank you and sorry.

Check six,
- Xi

ps. feel free to follow me on Twitter and say hi!

NOTE: Users that downloaded from before 06-May should download new version of Aeron: A bug has prevented networking from working. This new minor release will fix this issue!

NOTE: ATI Users may want to download this fix if their textures are failing.


Realistic flight dynamics
The flight dynamics strongly depend on graphing, to ensure the general performance factors of the aircraft match their real life counterparts.

Simple controls
No avionics to worry about...focus is straight on maneuvering. Playable with keyboard.

Advanced Artificial Intelligence
Lots of time and effort put into the A.I. to make sure it will make a good opponent!

LAN/Network support for up to 32 clients
Connect up with your friends and engage bandits in massive furballs, up to 4 teams.

Full Tacview ACMI Recording support
Review your moves and grooves after you finish your moving and grooving. Exports to Tacview format ACMI. (Requires Tacview to play those recordings.)

Low System Requirements
Built on solid C++ code, using the well-known OpenGL graphics library. Combine that with simple non-intensive abstract graphics, and you got something that runs on a dump.

Joystick support
Plug in your favourite flight stick or even gamepad.

Seven flyable real-world jets
Fly your favourite modern jet! Raptors, Fulcrums, Vipers and more!

Free and Open Source
A free beer with the recipe provided and license to change and re-distribute it so if you don't like the taste you can get the recipe and make your own beer. What is there to lose?

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