X-Plane 9

[Update] 9.04 is out and has inceased stablity and graphics. But what we all want is more plames. Well on his iphone site he says that two more planes are coming. Cant wait :). Also X-Plane Airliner and helicopter have come out. Expect a review kn airliner, and maybe a video review of all the flying games I have.

[Update] 9.01 is out and better than ever. It’s much much sharper and it’s menus are much more organized. Also, the setting of the accelerometer is awesome. I flew upsidedown for the first time 🙂

[Update] Austin, the developer, recently announced he submitted a new version of X-Plane, 9.01, here is what he said about it,

X-Plane 9.01 for iPhone is out now, and has a number of cool improvements over 9.01:

25% frame-rate improvement! I REALLY like the increased fluidity of the sim in 9.01 thanks to this increase.
Calibration screen for phone tilt! One guy writing a review at the AppStore said he likes to fly on the couch, and wants VERTICAL to represent neutral-elevator: Fly on, couch-dude! Just go to the SETTINGS tab in the interface and set any phone angle as neutral! Now you can relax in bed or on the couch, with vertical being the reference-point for neutral-elevator, or sit up holding the phone in your lap with HORIZONTAL being the reference-point for neutral elevator, or anything in between! Set the center-point as you see fit!
Higher-contrast interface! One person said his eyes are a little weaker these days, so we contrasted the interface a bit more to make it easier for all to see! I managed to do this without making the interface look too harsh, I think.

Power and flaps set for you on the final approach selections. One guy writing a review at the AppStore was rather paniced that he had to move his thumbs 1/4″ to set the power and flaps on final.. the horror! So, X-Plane now sets 25% power and flaps automatically when you set yourself up in flight, to be more closely configured for your landing! Kind of convenient.
The interface screens are organized a hair differently… much better I think. This lets volume-control and neutral-elevator control be in their own system-config screen, with a different screen dedicated to setting your location! Kind of nicer organization.

You can see where he posted this here.

Sounds cool, hopefully apple doesn’t say no to it for being ot fun =].

X-Plane 9, created by Laminar Research, ($9.99) is a great flight simulator. Right before this came out, I was like, you know, there should be a flying game type thing, and they fulfilled my request with instant gratification. In the simulator you can take off, fly around, roll, do loopty loops, and you can land. Landing is very difficult. To control the planes, you tilt, sooo much fun.

Taking off Tutorial:

To take off you first take off the brakes, and put the throttle all the way up. then once you get up to about 85, then you bring the flap all the way down. Then when you reach about 110 you start tiling the plane up, and volla, your in the air.

Landing tutorial:

First turn off the throttle all the way. Then go down to about 1950 feet. Then you put down the flaps all the way, but make sure you keep descending, then you come in to the ground, and you just have to get a fell for how to land, and when you hit the ground, put on your brakes. Otherwise you could crash like so =]

Flying around:

Pros And Cons


-You get to fly

-Accelerometer control

-Different times of day

-Four different planes

-Adjustable weight of planes

-Taking off and landing

-Theres going to be updates =] for free!!


-Only four planes/no helicopters or such

-Only one landscape

-Only one airport

Overall it’s a 9 out of ten



~ by Zym on December 21, 2008.

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