This package includes all installer versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.
This package includes all installer versions for Windows, Mac and Linux. DEMO IS NOW VERSION 11 (X-Plane 11). Read our full review of XP11 here. While enthusiasts of all experience levels use X-Plane, it is best suited to experienced pilots that want the most accurate flight dynamic possible.X-Plane’s exclusive flight dynamics model, called “blade element theory,” evaluates the forces. I got this app for use with X-Plane my Mac Book Pro and big monitor. Use the forward view with HUD on the big screen and run iPad synced to X-Plane. Very easy to install and intuitive to work autopilot and refer to map without having to mouse around the cockpit or leave the flight to see the map all from the iPad.
DEMO IS NOW VERSION 11 (X-Plane 11). Read our full review of XP11 here.
While enthusiasts of all experience levels use X-Plane, it is best suited to experienced pilots that want the most accurate flight dynamic possible. X-Plane’s exclusive flight dynamics model, called “blade element theory,” evaluates the forces on multiple sections of the aircraft’s surface, providing a constant and reliable prediction of how it will react to those forces. This provides a realistic flying experience and makes aircraft development simpler and faster.
In contrast, Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane’s biggest rival, uses lookup tables to determine flight drag and lift. This works well for existing aircraft where the table data is already known. It is less effective for creating new aircraft or predicting the reaction of an airplane in experimental situations.
Default Cessna 172SP in X-Plane 11 with sunset in background.
While X-Plane is a paid product, the free demo version of X-Plane 11 has the same aircraft, flight model and technology.
X-Plane’s powerful flight dynamics model allowed the developers to create a wide variety of aircraft. Users can choose from single and multi-engine planes like the McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender, Boeing 747-400, and Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor; the Space Shuttle; helicopters such as the Bell 47 and Sikorsky S-61; VTOLS such as the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey and much more. Users have developed over 1400 additional aircraft which can be downloaded from our own file library here or X-Plane.org and other sites. Enthusiasts can even design, build, and contribute their own aircraft.
X-Plane’s accurate flying characteristics make it perfect for scientists and engineers studying the reactions of both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Pilots can keep their skills sharp by using different airplanes and helicopters, and aviation hobbyists can experiment with flight dynamics.
Pilots can explore almost every inch of the globe, from 74 degrees north to 60 degrees south latitude. Adventure awaits- users can touch down at any one of 33,000 airports, land on an aircraft carrier, try to settle softly on a frigate bobbing in roiling surf, or land on a helipad on skyscraper overlooking a vast city. With X-Plane, pilots can take an X-15 to outer space; take the Space Shuttle for a spin, battle raging forest fires, and more.
Every great pilot knows how to handle tough weather. X-Plane will test them to the limit with wild rainstorms, wind shear, crackling lightning and thunder, snow blindness, fog, sleet and hail. The system can be programmed to follow actual weather from the user’s location, adding another layer of realism and excitement.
The challenges don’t stop there. X-Plane offers extensive failure modeling. Engines, controls, cables, landing gear and communications can be set to fail on command or at random. Fellow users or instructors can shutoff systems without the user’s knowledge, helping to develop their coping skills and adaptability.
The cockpit of the default Cessna 172SP screenshot from XP11.
Power and Flexibility
X-Plane’s unparalleled flight dynamics model, gorgeous graphics, wide geographic coverage, depth of aircraft selection, versatile weather and systems handling, extensibility in the form of add-on aircraft and scenery, and realistic flying experience make it the “go-to” flight simulator for a legion of experienced pilots and new flyers.
X-Plane has a passionate user base. One user recently described a routine flight delivering supplies in Alaska. Suddenly he was hit with an engine fire! Within seconds, he had to land on the only flat spot within miles: a patch of snow about 800 yards square located one mile from his location.
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Smoke trailing from the engine, he struggled to land. He describes the scene:
“Last second: Of course I'm gusting. Yoke jammed forward as I start to balloon just a few feet above ice. Stall horn mixing with pounding blood sounds in my ears. Down. Rolling. Light brakes. Full elevator deflection. Stopped. Lean back in my seat. Let out all the air that had been backing up in my lungs. Whew!”
That’s the kind of action loyalists have to come to expect from X-Plane!
X Plane For Macbook Air
Created by Laminar Research, X-Plane was originally developed for Mac OS X and is available on Windows and Linux. Keeping up with the increasing use of mobile devices, players can now get X-Plane for Android, webOS, and iOS including iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
X-Plane is the most powerful and accurate flight simulator available for personal computers, but it doesn’t just run on Windows; the version of X-Plane sold here at X-Plane.com runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. In fact, X-Plane is developed primarily on Macs.
In the past, we’ve called the Mac our secret weapon. Here’s what owner and developer Austin Meyer has to say about it:
People ask me all the time: “Austin, how can you compete with bigger companies? You cannot possibly stay in the flight sim business! You will be out of business by the end of the year!” (Never mind that they have been saying that since X-Plane was introduced in 1994!)
Part of the answer to that question is that I have a secret weapon that helps me develop X-Plane at a much faster rate than any would-be competitors. While other teams are struggling to keep their organization and computers working, I and my team are able to work quickly and freely with no computer glitches holding us back, unlike almost everyone else using computers today.
Naturally, I can not tell you what this secret weapon is, because I do not want to give away my competitive advantage!
X Plane For Macbook
The bottom line: X-Plane 10 Global is 100% compatible with Macs. You just need a high-end iMac or MacBook Pro. We do not recommend the “Mac Pro” as the top-of-the-line iMac will get similar or better performance for less money.
X Plane 9 For Mac
So go ahead. Give it a try. Download the Mac Demo today and experience flight simulation as it was meant to be—incredibly accurate, incredibly beautiful, and running on a Mac! Or, if you’re ready to move up to the full version, order X-Plane from us and get a copy of X-Plane 10 Global guaranteed to run on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.