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Try Xavion App with X-Plane 10

You might already have heard of Xavion. It’s MY answer to the question: How much can an iPad do to help you out in the cockpit?

The answer is: A LOT.

Available as a free download in the iTunes App Store, Xavion is an iPad app that is designed to run in a REAL plane, providing all the backup information possible. For example, Xavion uses the gyros and accelerometers in the iPad to give you a complete Synthetic Vision System, complete with with estimated airspeed, altitude and heading.

Xavion offers a full moving map, and an FMS to let you enter any desired flight plan and see it on the map. It also allows you to back up your navigation, and functions as 6-Pack or EFIS!

Xavion can show you real Sectional Charts, Low and High Enroute Instrument Charts, and Approach Plates (with the appropriate Seattle Avionics subscription). All of these are shown with overlays for your aircraft, NEXRAD weather, and winds aloft, thus also backing up your in-flight weather.

Finally, Xavion is always running a tiny little flight simulator inside of it, imagining a power-off glide to every airport within gliding range of the airplane. If you ever have an engine failure, then Xavion will show you the approach that offers the best safety margin as 3-D hoops in the sky that you just fly through to arrive at the runway! So, Xavion also works to back up your engine, in a way…. and that’s not bad for an app!

Of course, since Xavion runs on an iPhone or iPad, this whole system runs on an electrical system that is totally isolated form the aircraft electrical system. This partially backs up your electrical system, since these backup avionics will continue to work after complete electrical failure.

And now, Xavion is FREE to use with X-Plane. So, if you are a pilot and want to try Xavion out in the sim at no charge, you can download it freely and use it with X-Plane all you like. This is professional-level flight training at NO cost. (Then, if you like it, you can buy a $19.99/month or $199.00/year subscription to use Xavion in a REAL airplane as well, getting all the benefits outlined above). And, as for X-Plane sim-pilots only… you can operate the simulator like I operate the real plane when I fly, using Xavion with X-Plane freely.

So, go to the App Store and download Xavion… I never fly without it!

– Austin Meyer, creator

X-Plane 10.35 to Include First Round of Gateway Airports

The X-Plane Airport Scenery Gateway has been up and running since August and the airport database has seen immense growth in that time. Over a thousand submissions have been made by the community of artists and Laminar Research is preparing for the first wide release of Gateway airports. Version 10.35 of X-Plane is currently in beta and contains 1154 3D airports in total, 562 of which are brand new. Many more airports have been subtly improved by artists who have tweaked taxi routes, taxi lines and more.

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2015 Aviation Challenge

X-Plane, Fly to Learn, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane non-profit work together each year to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills in the classroom through the Aviation Challenge. This year’s event starts on February 13.

This event challenges students to modify the design of an existing airplane to help climbers trapped on a mountain by delivering medical supplies to save their lives.  The team that can design an airplane to deliver the largest payload of medical supplies in the least amount of time while burning the least amount of fuel wins.   (more…)

Q & A with Austin Meyer, X-Plane’s Creator

Question: What was your first experience that got you into aviation?

Austin: Ironically… flying MSFS on an Apple-II!

Q: What type of computer set up do you use? How does it affect how you work or use X-Plane?

A: I am always coding X-Plane on my MacPro, always flying just long enough to test whatever I am coding at the moment. I use a MacPro, but an iMac is really just as good for a fraction of the cost.

Q: What’s the most exciting part of working on X-Plane for you?

A: Ironically, DELETING code and making things SIMPLER. (more…)

Available now in the App Store: X-Plane 10 Mobile for iPhone & iPad

The wait is over!

X-Plane 10 Mobile is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store.

With interactive 3-D cockpits, Internet multiplayer, and a brand new system for challenges & tutorials, we think this is by far the most fun X-Plane yet.

Download it now and let us know what you think!

Download X-Plane 10 Mobile in the App Store, for free

X-Plane 10 Mobile Challenges & Tutorials Revealed

Tank shooting at A10 ThunderboltToday we’re unveiling the challenges and tutorials that will be available with X-Plane 10 Mobile!

When you buy an aircraft, you’ll get the tutorials & challenges that feature it for free.

If a dozen anti-aircraft guns and a surface-to-air missile launcher stood between you and your target, could you get through and complete your mission?

Will you be able to keep cool when your engine catches fire and fills your cockpit with smoke… or will you go down in the flames?

Two dozen challenges and 9 tutorials will be included when the app is released later this holiday season. Test your skills in emergency situations, high speed races, combat maneuvers and more.

Visit the Challenges page or Tutorials page for more details and awesome screenshots.

Don’t forget to check out the X-Plane Mobile page and  sign up for email updates so you never miss an announcement about X-Plane 10 Mobile!

Final Aircraft for X-Plane 10 Mobile Revealed

Today we’re unveiling the final 4 aircraft that will ship with X-Plane 10 Mobile!

These aircraft will be available for purchase (or a free, 60-second test flight) when the app is released later this holiday season. Get the details and screenshots for each aircraft on its page below:

Don’t forget to check out the X-Plane Mobile page and  sign up for email updates so you never miss an announcement about X-Plane 10 Mobile!

New Feature in X-Plane 10 Mobile: Multiplayer Over the Internet

X-Plane 10 Mobile features an all-new, 2-person multiplayer system. When connected to the internet, iPhone & iPad users will be able to log in to Game Center and fly with a friend halfway across the world. Plus, when you’re connected to wi-fi, you’ll even be able to use voice chat within the app!

Multiplayer in X-Plane 10 Mobile will be free—no in-app purchase required.

See all this in action in the video below. For more information, check out the X-Plane Mobile page. (While you’re there, you can sign up for email updates so you never miss an announcement about X-Plane 10 Mobile!)

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First Video of X-Plane 10 Mobile

We’re excited to announce the first video of X-Plane 10 Mobile for iPhone & iPad!

In this video, you’ll see the first 6 aircraft we’ve revealed:

For more information, check out the X-Plane Mobile page. (While you’re there, you can sign up for email updates so you never miss an announcement about X-Plane 10 Mobile!)

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Announcing X-Plane 10 Mobile

X-Plane 10 Mobile icon for iPhone & iPadWe’re excited to announce X-Plane 10 will be coming to your mobile devices this holiday season! The new mobile app will be available to download from the Apple App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It has graphics that will put the desktop version to shame and the best part of all is that it will be free to play!

Check out the X-Plane 10 Mobile page for screenshots, the list of available aircraft, and more. We’ll be announcing more details over the next few weeks, so make sure to sign up for the mailing list while you’re there so you don’t miss anything!