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X-Plane 10 Global is the worlds most comprehensive and powerful flight simulator for personal computers, and it offers the most realistic flight model available.
X-Plane is not a game, but an engineering tool that can be used to predict the flying qualities of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft with incredible accuracy.
Because X-Plane predicts the performance and handling of almost any aircraft, it is a great tool for pilots to keep up their currency in a simulator that flies like the real plane, for engineers to predict how a new airplane will fly, and for aviation enthusiasts to explore the world of aircraft flight dynamics.
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 1,400 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 arent 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 33,000 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 Earths 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!
More information on the many other great features of X-Plane such as
weather modeling (including downloading current real-world weather from the Internet),
simulating system failures (user initiated or completely random),
and aircraft customization (you can even create your own aircraft using the included Plane Maker app!)
can all be found in the online manual. Weve also got a free course to help you get started using X-Plane. Youll receive a few emails over the course of a month to help you get the most out of X-Plane. You can find the sign-up for this free course on the downloads page.
X-Planes 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:
Cirrus Vision SF50 North American X-15
Beechcraft Baron 58 Lancair Evolution
Cessna 172SP McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender
Piaggo P.180 Avanti Boeing 747-400 and 747-100
Stinson L-5 Sentinel Robinson R22 Beta helicopter
ASK-21 glider Boeing B-52G Stratofortress
Beechcraft King Air C90B Bombardier Canadair CL-415
F-22 Raptor Viggen JA37
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird F-4 Phantom II
Boeing AV-8B Harrier II Bell 206 helicopter
Lockheed C-130 Hercules Space Shuttle Orbiter
Great Planes PT-60 RC plane Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 v2 RC helicopter
Whats new in version 10?
The most important additions to X-Plane 10 are:
many high-quality aircraft models with detailed 3-D cockpits,
a brand new system for auto-generating plausible scenery for the entire world,
a new, highly-detailed cloud and weather rendering system,
a flight model with improved accuracy and even greater power,
a completely redone ATC and AI Aircraft system, and
the ability to more fully utilize multi-core CPUs for enhanced realism.