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- Try out both subsonic and supersonic flight dynamics, sporting aircraft from the Bell 206 Jet-Ranger helicopter to the supersonic Concorde
- Fly 40 aircraft spanning the aviation industry -- plus hundreds more downloaded from the Internet
- Customize the textures, sounds and instrument panels for your own airplanes -- or redesign the flight panels of pre-existing planes
- Detailed failure-modeling with 35 systems that can fail randomly -- fail instruments, engines, flight controls, and landing gear at any moment
- Variable weather patterns, from clear skies and high visibility to thunderstorms with controllable wind, wind shear, turbulence, and microbursts -- rain, snow and clouds are also available
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X-Plane 8 is the comprehensive flight sim available today. It offers incredible accuracy in flight models, wider scope in aircraft and a more versatile set of aircraft types and weather conditions. Users can download new aircraft, scenery and more -- for a flight simulation that's amazingly close to the real thing. Land at any of 18,000 airports across the world, with realistic scenery from all of them - you can even land on Mars, thanks to the Mars Orbiting Laser Altimeter
Top Customer Reviews
Is is the latest version?
This is the same verion you buy in the store (8.0). You will need to download the free update from the x-plane website to bring it up to date to version 8.50.
Is the scenery up to date?
USA scenery only, if you would like the entire world on 7 DVD's you can upgrade latter for a reduced price or buy the 7 DVD version from the x-plane site. The scenery detail is no better in the world-wide version, just more extensive. HINT: It is cheaper to buy this version on Amazon and upgrade to the global version.
Do I need a super computer to run X-Plane?
No. Frame rates are typically much better than Flight Simulator X and display options are great.
In summery this simulator was well worth the money and is full of many advanced options... Not a game but a great tool for a very serious flight simmer or real world pilot. No graphical interface for the menus, but after some tinkering it's easy to get where you need to go (i.e., picking your plane and location). Although I would not suggest this to somone new to simulators or flying, if you own Flight Simulator and want to have another great experience with thousands of different airplanes, give X-Plane a try.
The concept of building your own aircraft and actually being able to test it on your own PC-interfaced wind tunnel is extraordinary!!! The intense physics applied to these software models is brilliant. I've read that the FAA approved of x-plane for initial pilot training. Also, a couple companies that design aircraft incorporated x-plane into their testing. Doesn't surprise me at all.
Like with any other software(including MSFS!), it's not flawless, there's always room for improvement, patches and updates need to be added to bring this sim closer to perfection. With x-plane, there's a broad range of goodies you can download free on the net to enhance it.
I would not recommend x-plane to those who are just gamers looking for novice-friendly spoonfeeding. This is for serious aviation enthusiasts, student pilot practice, or for those interested in the most true-to-life aviation challenges that you'll find in a single software package.
N.B.: Please excuse the ignorant morons who rate x-plane with only 1 star.
X-Plane is a great simulator and I would recommend it wholeheartedly. However, Amazon should not be selling this version which is obsolete and not supported by the developers. If you want the nice graphics (who doesn't?), get the 7 DVD version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
more than i expected the program to be.Read more
1.) Search Google and you'll find that this is NOT the most current version of X-Plane.Read more