FlightDeck: use your Stream Deck to control switches and knobs in Flight Simulator (updated!)

October 23 update: new version!

Version 0.9 of FlightDeck has been released, bringing stability improvements and support for more aircraft:

  • Huge stability improvements (no more connections and or crashes occurred since this change)
  • Autopilot improvements (heading, altitude, airspeed, vertical speed increment/decrement buttons can now be helt down for bigger steps (1000ft altitude change and 100ft with single press)
  • Minor bug fixes based on feedback

Added the following planes:

  • Daher TBM 930
  • Cessna Citation CJ4

Original article below

If you’re a fan of Stream Deck you will love this one. Robbert van der Pas has created FlightDeck, a plugin that allows you to use Stream Deck, Stream Deck XL and Stream Deck Mobile (iOS and Android) to control your aircraft in Flight Simulator. It’s now available in early access for €8.95.

Based on the open source code from a freeware plugin that is the starting point for this functionality (with custom profiles added on top), FlightDeck is currently compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator, but support for X-Plane & Prepar3D is in development. When buying FlightDeck you will get an universal license, so you’ll be able to use the software with either of the simulators with no additional purchases.

Currently FlightDeck includes support for the Airbus A320 Neo, Cessna 172 G1000, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan and the Beechcraft King Air 350i, but the developer is working to have all MSFS default aircraft supported until the end of the year.

This is a similar product to Remote Virtual Desktop, which we’ve featured before, specially if you’ll be using Stream Deck Mobile, in the sense that it allows you to use an external device to control an aircraft in Flight Simulator.

Here’s a short promo video showing its capabilities: