Welcome to the world of props jets single- and multi-engine airplanes as well as gliders helicopters and VTOLs. X-Plane contains subsonic and supersonic flight dynamics allowing users to predict the flight characteristics of the slowest aircraft or the fastest. X-Plane also includes more than 30 aircraft in the default installation spanning the aviation industry and its history. Aircraft included range from the Bell 206 JetRanger and Cessna 172 to the Space Shuttle and the B-2 Bomber. Additionally more than 1400 additional aircraft models can be downloaded from the Internet (X-Plane.org the X-Plane.com Links page and Google are good places to start looking) many of which are completely free. If those aren’t enough users can design their own airplanes and test-fly them!
The full X-Plane scenery package covers the Earth in stunning resolution from 74° north to 60° south latitude. On Earth users can land at any of over 33000 airports or test their mettle on aircraft carriers oil rigs frigates (which pitch and roll with the waves) or helipads atop buildings. They can also realistically model the flight of remote-controlled model aircraft perform an air-launch in an X-15 or Space Ship One from the mother ship fly re-entries into Earth’s atmosphere in the Space Shuttle fly with friends over the Internet or a LAN drop water on forest fires or shoot approaches to aircraft carriers at night in stormy weather and rough water conditions in a damaged F-4. The situations that can be simulated are unbelievably diverse!
Weather in X-Plane is variable from clear skies and high visibility to thunderstorms with controllable wind wind shear turbulence and micro bursts. Rain snow and clouds are available for an instrument flying challenge and thermals are available for the gliders. Actual weather conditions can be downloaded from the Internet allowing users to fly in the weather that really exists at their current location!
X-Plane has detailed failure modeling with multitudes of systems that can either be failed manually at an instructor’s command or randomly when users least expect it! Users can fail instruments engines flight controls control cables antennae landing gear or any of dozens of other systems at any moment. They can also have a friend or flight instructor (locally or via the Internet working from an Instructor’s Operating Station) fail components on the aircraft without the pilot’s knowledge. The instructor can alter the time of day weather conditions and failure status of hundreds of aircraft systems and components. Additionally the instructor can relocate the aircraft to a location of his or her choice at any time.
Aircraft models are also extremely flexible allowing users to easily create paint jobs sounds and instrument panels to modify any airplane you choose. Custom airplane or helicopter designs can even be created and flown using X-Plane and the included Plane Maker software.
X-Plane’s accuracy (in flight model) scope (in aircraft and terrain coverage) versatility (in aircraft type and weather conditions) add-on programs (in aircraft and scenery editors) customizability downloadable aircraft and downloadable scenery make it the ultimate flight simulation experience for Macintosh Windows and Linux platforms.
Included on the X-Plane DVD:
Plane Maker (to make your own planes and helicopters if desired)
Airfoil Maker (to make airfoils for your custom aircraft)
X-Plane (the actual flight simulator)
The following aircraft are included on the X-Plane 10 installation discs:
SF50 X-15 and X-30 X-Planes
Beechcraft Baron 58
Great Planes PT-60 RC plane
McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender
Piaggo P.180 Avan