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X-Plane 9 - Mac

by Graphic Simulations
Mac
Everyone
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • The most realistic flight model available for personal computers. It comes with subsonic and supersonic flight dynamics, simulating aircraft from the Bell 206 Jet-Ranger helicopter and Cessna 172 light plane to the supersonic Concorde and Mach-3 XB-70 Valkyrie.
  • Includes over 40 aircraft spanning the aviation industry (and history), and several hundred more are freely downloadable from the internet.
  • Land at any of over 18,000 airports, as well as test your mettle on aircraft carriers, helipads on building tops, frigates that pitch and roll in the waves
  • Weather is variable from clear skies and high visibility to thunderstorms with controllable wind, wind shear, turbulence, and microbursts. Rain, snow and clouds are available for an instrument flying challenge. Real weather data can be downloaded, allowing you to fly in the actual conditions that currently exist! / Stunning new global scenery and atmospherics, including reflective water and volumetric fog
  • Includes detailed failure modeling, with 35 systems that can be failed manually or randomly, when you least expect it! You can fail instruments, engines, flight controls, and landing.

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  • ASIN: B0015392CI
  • Item Weight: 9 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,846 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

X-Plane is the world's most comprehensive and powerful flight simulator available. Welcome to the world of props, jets, single- and multi-engine airplanes, as well as gliders, helicopters and new Very Light Jets such as the Cirrus Jet. The most realistic flight model available for personal computers. It comes with subsonic and supersonic flight dynamics, simulating aircraft from the Bell 206 Jet-Ranger helicopter and Cessna 172 light plane to the supersonic Concorde and Mach-3 XB-70 Valkyrie. Includes over 40 aircraft spanning the aviation industry (and history), and several hundred more are freely downloadable from the internet. Land at any of over 18,000 airports, as well as test your mettle on aircraft carriers, helipads on building tops, frigates that pitch and roll in the waves. Weather is variable from clear skies and high visibility to thunderstorms with controllable wind, wind shear, turbulence, and microbursts. Rain, snow and clouds are available for an instrument flying challenge. Real weather data can be downloaded, allowing you to fly in the actual conditions that currently exist! Includes detailed failure modeling, with 35 systems that can be failed manually or randomly, when you least expect it! You can fail instruments, engines, flight controls, and landing. Includes Plane-Maker, which lets the player create airplanes, and World-Maker, which lets the player create scenery. Also included is Weather Briefer that makes a weather briefing based on actual weather conditions.

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124 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An undeserved bad rap July 13, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am neither a pilot nor a "gamer" but I used to enjoy MS Flight Simulator, and when I went exclusively to a Mac several years ago my only regret was that I has to leave Flt.Sim. behind. X-Plane 9, which I just discovered, is even better than I remember Flt.Sim.

I bought an inexpensive joystick (Logitech Extreme 3-D Pro, about $35 at Amazon), and then installed X-Plane 9 on my iMac. The installation took about an hour but it went flawlessly. The joystick was recognized by the program, and I was easily able to calibrate it by following the very clear instructions.

I selected the Cessna 172 as my trainer plane and a local airport as my home field (again following the clear instructions). The first flight was not a thing of beauty but I was able to take off, circle the field, and make a safe, albeit shaky, landing.

This is not a toy and some of the "gamers" who complained about the lack of instructions or the problems in controlling their aircraft were probably using jets and/or multi-engine aircraft for their initial flights, and expecting instant gratification.

I have substantial learning to do (and it's a steep curve) but even at this early stage, I can say with confidence that this is a superb and flexible program which is well worth the investment of money and time for anyone who wants to enjoy a true flight simulator on their Mac.
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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let these others make up your mind May 14, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a review of X-Plane 9.0 intended for the other reviewers listed here:

You will not find a finer product anywhere on the planet. This is not a GAME. This is a professional flight simulator that takes time and patience to master. If you want to fly around and shoot down other planes, don't buy this product. It is a teaching tool for those of us who are not pilots but wish, desperately, to share in the experience.

X-Plane 9.0 (as all other versions of the sim have been) is a BETA, and that is fantastic. Austin Meyer, the creator of the program, allows users to add their own input as to improvements, criticisms and more. Unlike other extremely unrealistic flight simulators on the market, you are not buying a finished product - you will be given FREE updates for the next 2 or so years. Updating is easy, and it is just like getting a brand new product with every release.

You must love to fly to love X-Plane. If you're looking for kicks, buy something else. It really shocks me how some people have an attention span of, oh, nine minutes or so. Why would you spend this much money on something that you are not willing to invest your time in? And, why are you buying flight simulators if you are looking for a cheap thrill? The very fact is that X-Plane features a genuine physics model, real weather conditions, real air traffic control systems and more. Read a book and learn how to fly. Then, start up X-Plane and you will relish in the fact that it isn't just eye-candy.

I have learned so much about flying by using this program. Don't be intimidated by it. Instead, invest time and energy into learning how to fly terribly complicated aircraft that are modeled PRECISELY after the real-life counterparts.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising and impressive. June 8, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Make no mistake, this is a real Simulation of flight.
4 hours is a long time for an install, and unneeded. The extra DVD's (disks 2 through 6) contain, as they are labeled, nothing more than the Hi-res imagery for the planet outside of the United States. Installing the first disk is all you need to do to get going, and Northern California is all you get to see if you've downloaded the Demo.

X-Plane is not a "Toy Video Game with Airplanes", it's a true Flight Physics Simulator. It doesn't have fancy looking interface designs, no happy guidance on how to fly. X-Plane is for the people who want a highly realistic simulation of actual aircraft physics. For this reason, many pilots prefer it over the competition's product. It's accurate, it feels like flying a real plane, and it doesn't fudge any numbers for the sake of simplicity.

If you take a design from X-plane, build it in real life, with the correct power engines, correct wing designs, and correct fuselage design, your plane will fly exactly the same in real life. (Cirrus' "The Jet" and the Carter Copter were actually designed using X-plane). If you know how to use autopilot systems in real life, they will all work here. If not, you've got a learning curve to tackle.

Can you load up the game and start flying immediately? Almost. You'll have to program your joystick. Tell the sim what sliders should do what, what buttons should do what. After that, yes, you can "just go". X-Plane isn't going to give you an intro on how to take off, you need to either know how, or figure it out. (Throttle + Flaps = Flight)

You can even design your own aircraft, design your own airports, and update world maps.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Improved from X-Plane 8, but still not excellent June 24, 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I have been growing up with the Flight SIMs since SoloFlight back in the '80s on a Commodore 64, so I can honestly say, as many would agree that the flights SIMs have come a very, VERY long way. But I must contest those who state that this is the most realistic flight SIM in the world---not that it isn't, but it certainly isn't REAL. I'm sure Austin would agree that there's quite a bit of evolution still in store before this can possibly match the real world. But with that said, I can offer my hopefully un-biased approach to FlightSim X and X-Plane 9.

Graphics - Smoother in X-Plane, and flows better with most video cards, seamless in nature, and quite attractive, especially without having to download add-ons to see tire marks on a runway. Runways, for that matter actually imitate real runways in that they are allowed to have a "grade", or slight slopes. FlightSim X still has flat runways, and limited graphics on them. Weather is also something to be happy with in X-Plane, though, especially the fog, rain, thick clouds, etc. Flying above the clouds is very cool, indeed. Now where the graphics of FlightSim X outdoes the graphics in X-Plane 9 is by way of natural sunlight. X-Plane has a much colder (more blue) cast to it's sunlight, along with low contrast on landscapes which give the appearance that a cloud is always hovering over the area you're flying in or taxi-ing across. Flight Sim X has the opposite effect, where an overcast sky might still allow the ground to look like it's baking in the sun. So, ups and downs, we're not there yet in either SIM, but getting closer.

Controls - X-Plane's got tons of them, which is an improvement (or curse in some people's eyes) over the last few SIMs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Simulator
Installed easily on my Mac. No problems in set up. The solution for some one with an older computer that is not able to handle X-Plane 10. Works as advertised.
Published 4 days ago by BJack
3.0 out of 5 stars Run Bootcamp and Install Windows 7 - And buy Flight Simulator!
First of all, this is not Microsoft's Flight Simulator. My installation DVD's didn't all work. The last disc wouldn't be read in my computer. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Timothy LaBranche
3.0 out of 5 stars What I got ot play was fun
Didn't get to experience the whole thing. Xplane dvds wouldnt work. Not too bad though. I wish I could have played with all of the dvds installed.
Published 4 months ago by Dustin Keener
5.0 out of 5 stars Very realistic
The game is amazing. Depending on how good your graphics card is you could really get it to be as realistic as possible for a computer game. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Enrique Pardo
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
It is very hard to set up for "gaming" (e.g., the aviation enthusiast who isn't training for a job as a pilot). Read more
Published 11 months ago by ncsailer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it will be shipping at Amazon again
Awesome amazon is the best always reliable and detailed about the condition thanks soo much amazon :) the game is pretty much similar to xplane 10 I was stuck between which one to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trevor
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well on Mac OS
Bought this for my 10-year old son who learned how to use it at a camp. The interface is a bit awkward and complicated compared with everyday Mac OS applications, but once you get... Read more
Published 11 months ago by William P. LaBorde
5.0 out of 5 stars A super flight simulator.
X-Plane is a realistic flight simulator which you
Can add more planes, sceneries, avionics and
A lot more. Enjoy it :)
Published 16 months ago by Ahmed Derbala
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than X-plane 10
X-plane 10, is really just X-9 with a few tweeks. I found x9 to be more stable and handled better.

The scenery is far better than anything FSX has. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Medstudent83
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sim
I have had this sim for awhile..It has updates which helped it alot...It will be awhile before X Plane 10 gets the updates it needs... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Howard Burroughs
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