During the investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, it was revealed that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had a sophisticated home-built flight simulator setup.

Flight Simulator

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What flight simulator software is he using here?


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Based on the red little strip (notification bar) on the bottom of the instrument panel in the middle, it must be either Microsoft Flight Simulator or Lockheed Martin Prepar3d. The red notifiation bar is specific to Flight Simulator 2004 (FS9) and Flight Simulator X (FSX). Laminar Research's X-Plane uses a different graphics engine and would not have produced a scenery that looks like on the three outside view screens.

The source is not really quotable, but if the name and picture can be taken a proof, then Mr Shah himself writes on the X-Sim.de Forum about FS9 and FSX being used:

Elo guys, zaharie here.... pls to join x-sim. About a month ago I finish assembly of FSX and FS9 with 6 monitors .... with the latest graphic card ( 2 pieces of asus 7970) on one cpu awesome view on 3 panasonic 32 in. LCD HDMI and 3 touchscreen Dell 21 inches for main (MCP) , center pedestal, overhead panel. time to take to the next level of simulation.Motion! looking for buddies to share this passion. Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah BOEING 777 MALAYSIA AIRLINES

Answer based on own experience with all 3 simulators/publishers.

  • $\begingroup$ I've only ever played around with FlightGear a little bit, and I know that it is not as sophisticated as MS Flight Simulator, but I believe that it also has the red notification bar as seen in the screenshot. $\endgroup$
    – dotancohen
    Nov 20, 2014 at 14:58
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    $\begingroup$ If you an believe google and this is not fake, then Mr Zacharie himself writes here about FSX and FS9 being used: x-sim.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=20&start=110 $\endgroup$ Nov 20, 2014 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ Just found this question, PMDG (a group that produces a 777 addon for FSX/P3D) confirmed that capt. Zaharie was one of their customers $\endgroup$
    – sbabbi
    Sep 20, 2015 at 0:52

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