X-Plane allows you to fly any of over 40 pre-installed aircraft ranging from the Bell 206 Jet-Ranger helicopter to a Cessna 172 to the supersonic SR-71 and even the Space Shuttle! The pre-installed aircraft include single and multi engine props, corporate and commercial jets, gliders, helicopters, and VTOL aircraft such at the V-22 Osprey and AV8-B Harrier. There are thousands of other aircraft that can be freely download over the internet and you can even build your own aircraft to work with X-Plane!
Scenery and Airports
X-Plane scenery is world-wide, with scenery for the entire planet Earth between -60 and +74 degrees latitude. X-Plane also has scenery of the planet MARS! (thanks to the Mars Orbiting Laser Altimeter, which mapped that planet's elevation)
You can land at any of over 18,000 airports, as well as test your mettle on aircraft carriers, helipads on building tops, frigates that pitch and roll in the waves, and oil rigs.
Weather is variable from clear skies and high visibility to thunderstorms with controllable wind, wind shear, turbulence, and microbursts! Rain, snow and clouds are available for an instrument flying challenge, and thermals are available for the gliders! Real weather conditions can be downloaded from the internet, allowing you to fly in the actual weather that currently exists!
X-Plane also has detailed failure-modeling, with 35 systems that can be failed manually or randomly, when you least expect it! You can fail instruments, engines, flight controls, and landing gear at any moment. X-Plane is also extremely customizable, allowing you to easily create textures, sounds, and instrument panels for your own airplanes that you design or the planes that come with the sim.
While X-Plane is the world's most COMPREHENSIVE flight sim, your purchase also comes with Plane-Maker (to create your own airplanes) World-Maker (to create your own scenery), and Weather Briefer (to get a weather briefing before the flight if you use real weather conditions downloaded from the net).
* Airfoil-Maker (to make airfoils for your aircraft if you would like to make your own planes).
* Plane-Maker (to make your own planes and helicopters)
* World-Maker (to make your own scenery)
* Weather-Briefer (to get a weather-briefing before your flight)
* X-Plane (the actual flight simulator)
X-Plane 9 System Requirements:
Windows any chip, 2 ghz+
Macintosh G4 or G5 or Intel 2 ghz+
Linux x86 any chip, 2 ghz+
RAM 1 gig for speed
Disk Space 70 gig
3-D CARD OpenGL... NVIDIA has been more reliable
VRAM 32 meg