Prepare for takeoff
X-Plane Airliner is designed to simulate airliners and the relatively long range, instrument-capable flights that they perform. It is by far the most powerful app we have yet released for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
X-Plane Airliner gives the user control of throttle, flaps, speedbrakes, and trim–much more control than is available in the other X-Plane Mobile apps. Along with the new flight controls, the cockpits of these aircraft are equipped with a full glass EFIS system that displays airspeed, heading, altitude, vertical speed, Mach number, DME, and HSI with localizer and glideslope in the same manner as the real airliners. Additionally, a moving-map glass display gives the user complete situational awareness during flight, just like in real airliners.
Each of X-Plane Airliner’s flight regions are hundreds of square miles in size, with enormous numbers of NAVAIDs and airports. The Southern California region, for instance, spans from San Diego clear up to Edwards Air Force Base, accurately laying out airports and NAVAIDs (such as localizers, VORs, and ILSs) as they are situated in the real world.
These large flying areas combined with a large number of airports and NAVAIDs let the user practice relatively long flights in any weather using glass cockpit EFIS instrumentation with moving maps. The airliners can be flown across the scenic terrain of Southern California in nice weather while enjoying the view, or in hardball IFR conditions using the glass instrumentation to pilot safely through the night.
The following aircraft are included in X-Plane Airliner:
- Boeing 777
- Boeing 747
- Boeing 787 Dreamliner
- Airbus A380
- McDonnell Douglas MD-88
- Boeing 737
- Airbus A320
- Boeing 757
- Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde
The Boeing 777 is the standard for modern airliner design and efficiency, while the 747 is a double-decker, 4-engine craft, known as the original “Jumbo Jet.” The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest airplane (nicknamed the Super Jumbo), complete with fly-by-wire controls. It is just being introduced for commercial service in the spring of 2009. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a new carbon-fiber, high-bypass, ultra-efficient airliner due to enter service in late 2010.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and the Boeing 737 are twin-engine, medium-range craft that are (relatively) small. The Airbus A320 is slightly larger than the 737 and was designed to challenge both it and Boeing’s 727 on the market. With its narrow body and medium size, the Boeing 757 is of a similar design also.
The iconic Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde is one of two supersonic commercial airliners ever flown. Its ability to cruise at Mach 2 at 60,000 feet allowed it to make the trip from New York to London in under three hours.
Included Flight Regions
X-Plane Airliner includes six flight regions. First is Southern California, which spans America’s West Coast from Edwards Air Force Base (KEDW) in the north to Imperial Beach (KNRS), just south of San Diego.
The New York region spans from eastern New Jersey to near the center of New York’s Long Island, including LaGuardia (KLGA).
Also included are:
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Seattle-Tacoma area, Washington
- Chicago, Illinois
- Miami, Florida
Get it from the iTunes Store
Purchase X-Plane Airliner for the iPhone and iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store.
Get it from the webOS store
Purchase X-Plane Airliner for the Palm Pre using this link.
X-Plane Airliner, found in the main X-Plane Mobile manual
The main X-Plane Mobile manual (which includes X-Plane Airliner) can be downloaded using this link. Alternatively, you can view the manual online at the X-Plane Mobile manual page on the X-Plane Wiki.
If you don’t need the full manual, but only a quick introduction to the flight controls in the X-Plane Mobile apps, check out the Mobile Instructions page.
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