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Xavion Brings a Real-World Airplane Down to 10 Feet Above the Ground

Engine failed? There’s an app for that.

The video below was taken by Austin Meyer, creator of X-Plane and Xavion, the iPad app that helps real-world pilots fly safer. It shows off a feature coming soon to the Xavion app—the ability to not just guide a pilot down to a landing, but to actually fly the plane itself down to about 10 feet above the runway!

In the video, you’ll see Austin’s iPad guiding a crippled RV-10 down to safety… without human intervention. The iPad is running a development version of Xavion talking to a Tru-Trak autopilot over wi-fi. Xavion, running on the iPad, can take over the airplane in distress and guide it down to safety!

This feature will be available in Xavion in the near future, after we’ve tested it a few hundred more times in a handful of airplanes.

X-Plane 10 is coming to Steam

If you’ve been waiting for X-Plane to be sold on Steam, you’re in luck—it’s coming soon!

We’re currently testing the X-Plane 10.25 update internally, and plan to release it within the next 10 days. The version 10.25 update contains a few changes necessary for X-Plane to work with Steam, so once it’s ready, X-Plane will be available on Steam.

Then, going forward, X-Plane 10 and all “final” updates will be available on Steam. Pricing will be the same as it is on our site.

We’ll post back here when it’s officially available for purchase!

10.30 Beta Coming Soon!

The first beta for 10.30 is coming up shortly! Austin has promised an extraordinary  list of new features!

He would also like to you check out this new helicopter for X-Plane!


See you guys later!


Xavion Mobile Device Saves Pilots!

Consider two pilots, one flying a Lancair-IV and the second piloting a Cherokee 140, both while under instrument conditions with no autopilot, and each with a complete loss of attitude instruments.  Read on, discovering how they survived their experiences …

A Lancair-IV without a functioning autopilot entered the clouds, leaving the two people on board depending on two EFIS displays for aircraft control.  Both EFIS displays suddenly went blank, giving new meaning to the term “blue screen of death.”

We  might expect the loss of both souls on board.  But no fatalities occurred.  No accident occurred.

Owner and pilot Lin Hough had just flown into IMC at 17,000’ when both displays went completely blank.  The Xavion VP-400 backup display “performed perfectly,” allowing Lin to continue his flight safely.

Lin commented, “The VP-400 mounted in my Lancair rolled right into action.  I was almost level at 19,000’ when my displays came back.  I didn’t have a functioning auto pilot, which added to the intensity of the moment.  The outcome without the VP-400 might not have been survivable.”


Laminar Research Announces the Release of WED 1.2

South Carolina May 23 – 2013 

Laminar Research, creators of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is pleased to announce the availability of WorldEditor for X-Plane (WED) version 1.2.

WorldEditor is an airport scenery creation and editing tool for Laminar’s X-Plane.  WED is intuitive and easy-to-use, as it features drag-and-drop scenery creation in a graphical environment that is designed for the typical X-Plane user.

WorldEditor takes a graphical CAD-like approach to creating airports.  All airports are made up from a collection of different items or entities of a specific type.  For example; runways, taxiways, windsocks, signs, and buildings.   A runway has length, width, surface type, lighting and taxiway signs for example.   WED is organized to create and edit each of these different items on an individual basis, so a user can add an item, then edit it’s characteristics or attributes at will.

A key feature of WorldEditor is the ability for a user to create an airport scenery and then send his or her creation to Laminar’s airport scenery database service.  Once checked by Laminar for acceptability it is then included in the airport data when X-Plane users receive automatic X-Plane updates from Laminar.

Wireless ADS-B receiver for Xavion Mobile Aviation Application

Laminar Research has announced (through the press release, found on the Laminar Research press release page) a wireless ADS-B receiver for the Xavion Mobile Aviation Application.  Not familiar with Xavion yet?  You can check it out on the Xavion website.  There’s even a version built just for use with X-Plane available!

Frede Spotlight

Frede is a scenery developer for X-Plane. He got into scenery development through FS2004 AFCAD. He has created quite a few freeware scenery packs on the .org including, George Bush Houston Intl, New Orleans Louis Armstrong Intl, and Eglin AFB, just to name a few. His dream was to become a fighter pilot, although his dream was never realized , his passion for military aviation is evident through out his scenery development. He always puts at least one military component  in his sceneries. As a duel citizen, he focuses on his two homes, the Southern United States and Belgium.


In his work, it is very clear how much he enjoys it. Be sure to check out his .org profile.




Aerosoft premiers their new site for X-Plane news

Aerosoft Sim News has just premiered their new site for X-Plane news and features during their conference a little over a month ago.  With a few of our very own submitting regular articles, it’s a great place to look for news!

GAMA And Build A Plane Announce Winners Of Nationwide Aviation STEM Competition

Very exciting!  With 27 high schools from 22 different states competing in the first Aviation Challenge, students were able to use the Fly to Learn curriculum to develop their creative thinking and design skills.  You can read more about the Aviation Challenge, or check out the video of the announcement of the 2013 GAMA & Build a Plane Aviation Design Challenge winners, announced at GAMA’s May 2013 Board of Directors meeting.

Laminar Research press release page now live

Hey everyone!  We’ve now got a page especially for Laminar Research press releases.  Keep up to to date on what’s going on with Laminar Research and read the full press releases at http://www.x-plane.com/x-world/laminar-research-press-releases/.