X-Plane 10 Flight Simulator is the world’s most comprehensive and powerful flight simulator for personal computers, and it offers the most realistic flight model available. This has to be seen to be believed!! X-Plane 10 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.
X-Plane 10 North America Region lets you fly in North America without having to purchase "the whole world." X-Plane 10 Regional includes scenery for specific regions. X-Plane 10 Regional has all program features of X-Plane Global.
Because X-Plane 10 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.
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 1,400 additional aircraft models can be downloaded from the Internet 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 North America in stunning resolution. Users can land at many 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!
What’s new in version 10? The most important new additions in 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
- The ability to more fully utilize multi-core CPUs for enhanced realism
NOTE: This software requires a DVD drive for periodic security checks. Even after you have loaded the software, it will periodically ask you to insert one of the discs.
- Intel® Processor Required Mac OS X® 10.6 or later
- Dual core CPU 2GHz+ with 4GB RAM
- 16GB free on hard drive
- Internet connection
- ATI® or NVidia® chipset with 256MB VRAM (dedicated video memory, not shared)
- USB joystick or yoke
- Quad core CPU at 2GHz or faster
- 512MB VRAM (dedicated video memory, not shared)
- AMD Radeon™ HD 2000 and higher
- NVidia® GeForce™ series 7000 - 9000; 100 and 200 series and higher.
X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford. Having 16 cores split among 4 CPUs is not required by any means, but Version 10 would be able to use every one. No more than 4 GB of RAM is necessary, but the more VRAM you have, the better–X-Plane 10 can easily use 1.5 GB of VRAM at the maximum settings.
The following aircraft are included on the X-Plane 10 installation discs:
| Cirrus Vision SF50
|| X-15 and X-30 X-Planes
| Beechcraft Baron 58
|| Great Planes PT-60 RC plane
| Cessna 172SP
|| McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender
| Piaggo P.180 Avanti
|| Boeing 747-400 and 747-100
| Stinson L-5 Sentinel
|| Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey
| ASK-21 glider
|| Boeing B-52G Stratofortress
| Bell 47 helicopter
|| Van’s RV-3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
| Beechcraft King Air C90B
|| Rockwell B-1B Lancer
| F-22 Raptor
|| Viggen JA37
| Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
|| F-4 Phantom II
| Bombardier Canadair CL-415
|| Bell 206 helicopter
| Boeing 777-200
|| Boeing AV-8B Harrier II
| Piper PA-46 Malibu
|| Sikorsky S-61 helicopter
| Northrop B-2 Spirit
|| Space Shuttle Orbiter
| Robinson R22 Beta helicopter
|| Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 v2 RC helicopter
Weather in X-Plane 10 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 10 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 10’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.