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- Super accurate flight characteristics using a virtual wind tunnel
- Includes 30 aircraft, from gliders to the Space Shuttle
- Online flying with other virtual pilots
- Air Traffic Control actually controls the other aircraft around you
- Detailed terrain for the whole world including very accurate altitude data
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I've been using this product for the past two weeks, and have used both a mouse-yoke and a Saitek Pro Flight Yoke (PZ44). In short, X-Plane is a great simulator, built in a much more modern way code-wise than FSX (Microsoft Flight Simulator X); the flight model also performs better overall. It's not as "fun" as FSX and it's a bit less polished (development seems to be on-going), but it's a pleasure to fly in.
+ Excellent flight model (given good plane modelling)
+ Excellent terrain and road data
+ Professional software; same company makes a version approved for FAA simulator training (on approved hardware simulators)
+ Runs better than FSX
+ On-going development
- Included aircraft modelled poorly; some are, frankly, atrocious
- "bells-and-whistles" secenery poor to non-existant
- Not game-like a la FSX; no real tutorials or "missions"
- Clunky, technical interface
- Some features are currently incomplete
If you install all the scenery at once, the install process will take ages. The total size of the whole shebang on-disk is around 55 gigabytes. I think, for me, that translated into an installation time over two hours. I assume most of that data are the extremely detailed wire-meshes of terrain and accurate road network data since 99% of the 3D scenery (buildings, trees, etc.) is autogen. Unlike FSX, the world, itself, can be pretty barren and you certainly won't see any landmarks (even such things as the Golden Gate Bridge are absent).
A few people's reviews seem to be commenting that the software runs slowly.Read more ›
I am in the process of getting my private pilot/single engine rating. I hit a spot in my training just after I solo'ed where my landings were completely horrible. I got tired of hearing everyone say 'ohh, well, any landing you walk away from is a good one.' I hit a plateau that many students apparently hit. For over a month I was drilling patterns over my local airport with my instructor in the right seat, and I just couldn't seem to get it.
I decided to use X-Plane to get better. I got it as a gift last Christmas and I had been flying it on and off since then. I modified my yoke to make it smoother in pitch. And then I started doing patterns at my "local" airport. Eventually I just saved the game when I was on short final because the level off and flare was what I was having trouble with. And after a couple of hours, I finally got the hang of it. Over 100 virtual landings and I finally was able to always put the plane down safely in a crosswind. It wasn't exactly the same as the real thing, but it was really close. And my next lesson, I did it with in a real Skyhawk too.
So for me, X-Plane isn't a game; it is a training aid. It's close enough to the real thing that I got something useful out of it. And one that has paid for itself many times over.
So, for the plus'es, very realistic to the point of getting real skill out of it (as long as you put the time into it).Read more ›
X-Plane works differently. It uses a method that calculates, in real-time, the effects on each part of the aircraft. If you move an aileron, for example, it calculates the wind and other forces at work on the aileron and then moves the rest of the aircraft according to the physics calculations after combining the aileron calculations with all the other calculations for the aircraft. Each part of the aircraft has its own strength, flexibility, weight, etc. that all goes into the final calculation. If you get the physics calculations correct (including the modelling of air density etc.) you get a 'real' aircraft, not a lookup table.
While that sounds great in theory, its not perfect. Physics calculations are not 100% accurate, and anything left out won't be modelled.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm new to flight sims and love X-Plane. I've recently joined FS Economy (google it) which provides a bit of MMO functionality to X-Plane. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jim
What can I say, I lost my heart to aviation five decades ago and this flight sim scratches that itch nicely. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AJT
It is everything I expected, could have been packaged in Ace DVD storage box.Published 1 month ago by KEITH H. VORBECK
This is fabulous for your wannabe pilot, which is what my son formerly wanted to be. I got this for him when he was about 12 years old. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bmore
Product ordered from warehouse deals, buyer beware
A few of the disks are unreadable in my DVD drive
I can not figure out how to use the simulator i have a windows 10 computer and it seems like there is no game or anything after downloading all of the diskPublished 1 month ago by tory holobaugh