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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!

 

Vendors sporting X-Plane at Airventure

At Airventure, there are hundreds of exhibitors trying to sell their products.  Some of those products really need to be demonstrated, like Precision Flight Controls for instance, they make excellent simulator hardware like yolks, radio stacks, etc.  When they set up a demo rig, they use X-Plane to run their sims so that you can get a good idea how it feels!  While I was at #OSH14, I tried to find everyone who was using X-Plane and get some pictures of their booths!

Here are the photos with the websites below!

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Day 5 – Chillin’ on the lake

Day 5 – The Seaplane Base

The seaplane base is one of the most commonly missed spots at AirVenture, I think that is because it is a bit out of the way from the main show grounds and where people generally hangout.  It is about 10 minutes by tram (from the vintage barn) to the stop where you grab a bus then it is another 15 or so minutes to your destination.  The moment you step off the bus,  it’s like you’re a thousand miles away in some island paradise.  A whole world away from the golf shirt clad sales people, heavy jets and crowds.  After the bus ride, it’s a short hike along a beautiful wooded path to the main area.  If the main grounds are like an amusement park, the seaplane base is like summer camp.  It’s all a lot less dressed up, and because of that, you can get the lovely relaxed vibe that everyone enjoys.

As relaxed as it is, there is still a lot to do!  From watching arrivals from a shaded adirondack chair, grabbing lunch or checking out the very few vendor booths, you won’t be bored.  They also offer a nice tour of the planes anchored in the lagoon on classic pontoon boats.  I couldn’t believe that boat rides were free with a gentle request for a donation of $3.

When a plane is due to fly, a skiff will tow it to the dock where the pilot and passengers will load up and motor out into the cove for takeoff.  People crowd the shore to watch flight operations.  There is plenty of room for everyone to get an excellent view and photos.  We saw a variety of planes from the tiny SeaRey and its larger cousin the Lake Buccaneer, a brand new Husky on floats and a vintage Cessna 195 on floats.  Of course there were plenty of the more common Cessna 150, 172 and 182 on floats as well.

The whole environment is so friendly.  Word is that if you ask nicely, there are plenty of pilots happy to take you around the pattern in their water bird.

Do yourself a favor and put the Seaplane base on the top of your list of things to do at Airventure.  You will if you go on Monday or Tuesday, you will probably find yourself there again on Thursday or Friday too!

Let us know how you like it!

Thomson

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Day 4 – Bell 47 Ride

Day 4 –  The Bell 47s!

 

You know the old TV show M.A.S.H.?  It’s a classic.  It also made the Bell 47 super recognizable.  Here at AirVenture, there are 4 of them that take people on short tours of the show from the Pioneer Airport (right behind the museum).  Unlike most of the other rides you can take here in Oshkosh, it’s not super pricey, about $50.  The tours aren’t very long though, approx. 5 mins, but every second there is something interesting to look at!  From the endless campers in Camp Scholler to the C-17 on display on the Boeing Plaza.  Don’t be dissuaded by the short duration of the flight – there is nothing like Airventure from the air.  More than 40,000 camp sites at Camp Scholler.  10,000 airplanes parked all around Whittman Field.  Everything that flys is on display here.  You’ll walk 10 miles a day to take it in by foot (no kidding).  The Bell 47 will show you the entire scene and blow your mind in just a few minutes.  I was warned not to take too many photos and just enjoy the flight.  I opted to photograph the scene for you, maybe I need to take a second ride tomorrow and just drink it all in!

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Have fun!

Thomson