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Patent Troll Update

We at Laminar Research, along with many other companies, are being sued by a company called Uniloc, which is owned by The Marathon Patent Group (NASDSQ: MARA) FOR USING THE GOOGLE STORE.

Uniloc, despite having no affiliation with Google, claims to own a patent that DESCRIBES the Google Store. Here is that description from their patent.

We at Laminar Research, along with other companies being sued, recently overturned this claim in court. Uniloc’s response was to say that we now infringe on some DIFFERENT claims by using the Google Store.

Uniloc offered to let the lawsuit against us stop if we just gave them $50,000.

We declined.

Laminar Research will continue to overturn Uniloc’s and the Marathon Patent Groups absurd patent claims as long as they continue to make them.

To learn more about the ongoing disaster that is our patent system, go to ThePatentScam.com.

X-Plane 10 Mobile Update

Last week, X-Plane 10 Mobile version 10.2 was released for all mobile devices. This is a pretty cool update with some major changes (a new airliner!), so make sure you grab it!

  • Added Game Controller Support
  • Added support for Android TV devices…specifically the Nvidia Shield TV
  • Flight School (Tutorials) for ALL aircraft are now FREE! No purchase necessary to fly the tutorial missions!
  • Added the Boeing 747-400 for in-app purchase (includes 3 liveries)
  • Added ‘wing-view’ as an available view now (based on numerous user requests)
  • Fixed difficulties using the map with the throttle
  • Fixed bug preventing speedbrakes/spoilers from working properly
  • Fixed bug preventing purchases from being available when offline
  • Numerous other miscellaneous bug fixes

We’re back to it now, working on some really big features for the future. More news on that as things progress!

X-Plane Use in 2015

X-Plane may seem lonely at times if you don’t fly online, but there are thousands of people like you enjoying virtual flights every day. X-Plane 10.40 started tracking data from millions of flights over the past few months and some trends have emerged. We put together a colorful visual to highlight some of the results. If you’ve ever wondered what the most popular plane is, or how your computer compares to others, you’ll find that info and more in the infographic below. (more…)

World Class Airports Coming in X-Plane 10.45 Update

Airport Scenery Gateway artist Jan Vogel has customized nearly 400 different airports using the free WorldEditor software. Jan’s newest creations rank among the world’s busiest airports: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (KATL), Beijing Capital International (ZBAA), and Dubai International (OMDB).  Each of these airports is provided for free through the Airport Scenery Gateway and will be included in the next major update to the simulator.

How many hours of work and hand-placed lights does it take to make awesome X-Plane scenery? Jan provides behind-the-scenes information and previews of the airports in the videos below.

OMDB

 

KATL & ZBAA

 

Control Pad App Video Tutorial

Control Pad app is the latest app from Laminar Research available as a free download in the Apple App Store.

The video below explains how to use it to control X-Plane 10.40 dynamically without pausing or interrupting flight. You can change weather, position, and more with the app, or even use it as a portable instruction station to throw emergency situations into the mix.

Aircraft Development with Javier Rollon

Laminar Research: Can you provide a little background on yourself and your interest in aviation?

Javier Rollon: Well, as a flight sim enthusiast, I always tried to fly anything that was possible in any computer, starting from the Spectrum 48k, Amiga (F18 Interceptor was a blast!), and PC. Of course I spent a lot of time in the Microsoft Flight sim series, and finally I arrived at X-Plane 8 and 9. Coming from FS9 I saw how X-Plane was still using 2D cockpits (something I hate. I know lots of users love them….).

After some flights with X-Plane, loving its flight dynamics but not its graphics, I decided to make a 3D cockpit for a plane that I liked which only had a 2D one–the Texan. I used my background as a graphic designer in the games industry, working in titles such as Crysis2 for Crytek in Germany.

LR: Why did you decide to start making aircraft & how long have you been creating X-Plane aircraft?

JR: As I said, I love flying so it was the most natural step when I felt that I wanted to have a better experience with the Texan. I didn’t decide to make a plane, just a 3D cockpit. After that then, when I was successful with it, I decided to make the jump into a plane.

I have been creating X-Plane aircraft since 2008. (more…)

Real Pilots Fly X-Plane

Jan Vogel is a very active supporter of X-Plane and does a lot of work for the X-Plane community. He has contributed hundreds of airport improvements on the Airport Scenery Gateway and told us a little about himself in this recent interview for the X-Plane newsletter.

Jan is also a captain for a major European airline. Even though he flies hundreds of hours each year for his job, in this video he tells us why he loves to fly in X-Plane during his spare time as well.

X-Plane 10.40 and Control Pad now available

The latest update for X-Plane 10 is now available for all users. X-Plane 10.40 is a major release that includes a new DSF loader, ATC functionality, digital download, and multiple performance enhancements. Scenery updates to almost 500 airports, including major locales such as London Heathrow, Hong Kong, and Atlanta, are also included.

Visit the briefing page for more information on the major features in X-Plane 10.40.

Instructions for Updating

To update your copy of X-Plane, simply start the simulator and choose to update. It will automatically download and launch the latest installer.

Free for X-Plane 10.40 Users: X-Plane Control Pad

In addition, the new Control Pad app is now available as a free download in the Apple App Store.

Control Pad allows you to control X-Plane dynamically without pausing or interrupting flight. You can change weather, position, and more with the app, or even use it as a portable instruction station to throw emergency situations into the mix.

X-Plane 10 Mobile App for Android is Here!

X-Plane 10 Mobile is now available for free on the Google Play Store! This new version has all of the same amazing features, high quality aircraft, missions, and performance as the iOS version. X-Plane 10 Mobile is not just another game–it’s a highly sophisticated simulation that models the aerodynamic forces found in flying real aircraft.

X-Plane 10 Mobile for Android devices contains numerous features including:

  • Multiplayer over the internet
  • 12 different aircraft available as in-app purchases, including combat aircraft, a helicopter, and multiple airliners
  • Aircraft liveries
  • Over 20 challenging scenarios featuring the different aircraft
  • Tutorials that include the basics of takeoffs, landings and more
  • A modern interface
  • Realistic simulation of combat weapons and airport environments

Download X-Plane 10 Mobile now on the Google Play Store and receive a free Cessna 172SP aircraft as well as training missions and challenges.

X-Plane Featured on Disciples of Flight

Many X-Plane users know what a great training resource flight simulators can be (in addition to being great fun, of course!), but a recently published article on Disciples of Flight gives numerous examples of how flight simming has benefited a pilot.

The title “Flight Simulator flying skills translate into real world abilities” of the article on the site leaves you no question on how the author feels about flight simulators.He thoroughly defends the validity of using simulators to train. He also gives personal examples of the ways his simulator experience has helped him and impressed instructors. The author also compares three of the top desktop flight sims currently on the market, and while he doesn’t make a specific recommendation, we think it’s no accident X-Plane is at the top of the list.

Check out this article and keep it in mind if  you ever need evidence for friends or family that the hours they think you spend “playing” on your simulator isn’t time well spent.