Updated: January 7, 2017

  • Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Mac and Windows builds of X-Plane (v10.2 or later required).
  • Works flawlessly in v9, v10, and v11.
  • Sensitivity factors for each control axis can be adjusted to suit your preference.

Why is this plugin necessary?

As of X-Plane v9, it is no longer possible to map basic flight controls to keyboard keys. As a private pilot and software engineer, I was disappointed to see this happen. My use of X-Plane is purely for enjoyment and I'm not terribly interested in the additional accuracy that a good joystick and/or pedals can offer.

Austin Meyer (the creator of X-Plane) is a brilliant guy and I can only assume that removing the ability to fly via keyboard was carefully considered. As such, there is little chance of seeing this feature replaced in a later version of X-Plane.

Update: With the release of X-Plane v10 and v11, keyboard flight controls have still not been restored so it is highly unlikely they ever will without a third-party plugin like this one.

What does this plugin do?

This plugin allows the following commands to be mapped to the keyboard

 Aileron  Elevator  Rudder
 left  up  left
 right  down  right
 center  center  center

In addition to the above 9 commands, there are also commands to:

  • Center ailerons and rudder simultaneously
  • Center ailerons and elevator simultaneously
  • Center all three axes simultaneously

Installing and Configuring the Plugin for X-Plane v9 and v10

Installing and Configuring the Plugin for X-Plane v11

Supported Platforms

The X-Plane Keyboard Flight Controls plugin will run on all versions of Windows and MacOS that X-Plane supports.

Download it Today

For $12, you can be flying X-Plane with a keyboard. Payment is accepted via PayPal, however you DO NOT need a PayPal account to make a payment. PayPal will allow you to use whatever credit card you like.

IMPORTANT: When you get to the payment confirmation page, scroll to the bottom and click the "Return to Merchant" button to access the plugin download.

Thanks for your interest in this plugin.

Best regards,
Clint Weisbrod