Ultra-Realistic Flight Simulation

Extending X-Plane

You can shape the simulator.

X-Plane may have the most realistic flight model on the market, but what is that worth if you can’t fly the planes that you want to fly?

X-Plane can be extended in nearly any way you can imagine. You can add aircraft (such as those downloadable from X-Plane.org) or custom scenery (again, check out X-Plane.org), or you can download plug-ins (XSquawkBox, used to connect to the virtual air traffic control network, is a popular one) that can radically alter the functionality of the simulator. For instructions on installing these, see Chapter 4 of the X-Plane 10 manual.

If you don’t find the aircraft, scenery, or plug-ins you’re looking for, you can create you’re own. A good place to start is the X-Plane Wiki, managed by X-Plane developer Ben Supnik. There, you’ll find links to the plug-in and scenery development kits. Of course, the Plane Maker software (found in your X-Plane 9 installation directory) can be used to create aircraft–for more information, see the Plane Maker manual.

Using the USB keys available from the X-Plane.com Store, the simulator can also be upgraded for commercial use, as well as for FAA certification.

Other Destinations for Expanding X-Plane