TakeFlight Academy Download

Please follow the steps below to download and install TakeFlight Aacademy.

Takeflight Academy is a virtual flight instruction platform used in conjunction with either of two flight simulation programs that run on Windows PC's: Lockheed Martin Prepared3D versions 4 or 5 (P3D), or Microsoft Flight Simulator Steam Edition (FSX). You must have one of these flight simulators prior to installing TakeFlight Academy.


1. Create a TakeFlight Account & Redeem License

  • Create a TakeFlight Account:
  • Redeem your License:
    • You will receive an email with an individual license code separately. You may puchase a license by visiting the TakeFlight Store, or receive one directly from your orginization.
    • Once received, go to: https://academy.takeflightinteractive.com/account/redeem
    • Enter the code you received via email to activate your license.
    • Once activated, you can launch TakeFlight Academy on the simulator, log-in and fly!

2. Download & Install TakeFlight Academy

Click here to download the TakeFlight Academy installer.

Please review the System Requirements below, and the Installation Checklist for P3D or FSX before installation.

Note: You will need to have P3D and the A2A C172, or FSX installed before installation of TakeFlight.

Further Documentation:



System Requirements

TakeFlight Academy is compatible with both Lockheed Martin Prepar3D version 4 & 5 (P3D), as well as Microsoft Flight Simulator: Steam Edition (FSX). You will need a Windows PC with the below minimum hardware specifications.

Minimum Requirements for P3D:
  • OS - Microsoft Windows® 10 1809 or later
  • Processor - Quad Core @ 3.0 GHz
  • Memory - 4 GB
  • Storage - 50 GB, with at least 35 GB on C:\. Solid State Drive (SSD) is strongly recommended.
  • Graphics - DirectX 12 with feature level 12_0 or greater. 4+ GB of video memory
  • Network - Broadband Internet connection
  • Other - 1920×1080 minimum screen resolution for primary display
Minimum Requirements for FSX:
  • OS - Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later
  • Processor - 2.0 Ghz or higher (single core)
  • Memory - 2 GB RAM
  • Storage - 30 GB available space
  • Graphics - DirectX®9 compliant video card or greater, 256 MB video RAM or higher, Shader Model 1.1 or higher
  • Network - Broadband Internet connection
  • Other - 1920×1080 minimum screen resolution for primary display

Note: P3D has higher system requirements, and provides higher simulation fidelity. It also requires the separate purchase of an Add-on C172 Aircraft from A2A Simulations which provides the highest level of realism. We suggest using P3D for flight training.