“Most realistic flight simulator”

– PC Gamer

Experience a flight simulator meticulously built by pilots, for everyone.

X-Plane 12 features completely reimagined weather, clouds, trees, wind, light, seasons, and more. It’s an unparalleled flight simulation experience for anyone who wants to feel the thrills and real-world challenges of flying.

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X-Plane 12 Flight Simulator Video Trailer

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Watch our trailer for a tour of the new features and enhancements in X-Plane 12.

Math and Physics Make the Difference

Our commitment to realism in the X-Plane flight simulator starts with first principle physics, a mountain of math, and decades of real-world flight experience. Our development team has spent 30+ years refining the rendering engine and mechanics for a blisteringly authentic flight experience.

You’re in complete control inside the cockpit: fly any aircraft, anywhere in the world, in any type of weather conditions. We’ll provide an ultra-realistic combination of lift, drag, wind, turbulence, scenery, flight controls, and more. Feel every force acting on every piece of the aircraft in real-time. It’s something you can’t replicate in a free flight simulator or even the most cinematic airplane games.

X-Plane 12 runs on Mac, Windows, Linux and mobile platforms.

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New in X-Plane 12

This is flight simulation, done right.

Photometric Lighting Engine

Light brightness, intensity, spread, and more – all computed in real time with the laws of physics.

3D Water

Gorgeous global water rendering, complete with wave height controls and floatplane interaction based on feedback from expert pilots.

Seasonal Effects

Tree color and leaf coverage vary to show season – snow accumulates, too!

Tropical Water Colors

Gorgeous, geographically-aware water colors.

3D Forests and Vegetation

Large variety of 3D trees with variation of species, size, and seasonal effects. They even sway in the wind.

Ambient Sounds

The entire world now comes to life with FMOD sound – birds in the forest, cars in the cities and of course, ground service vehicles.

Tower Kit

Custom suite of endless control tower variation, easy to use for maximal realism.

Animated Jetways

Jetways move to meet your aircraft when parked at the gate.

Localized ATC Procedures/Voices

Air Traffic Control follow regional procedures and accents around the world.

Pavement Effects

Airport artists can choose from a library of pavement effects to perfectly capture the look-and-feel of airports by setting level of cracking, oil spills, pavement material, and more.

Volumetric 3D Clouds

Immersive clouds to fully capture the sensation of flight.

Real Weather

Proprietary algorithms to turn data from the real world into X-Plane weather.

Wake Turbulence

Powerful streams of upset air left in the atmosphere by other aircraft – just like real life.


Small, powerful downdrafts – perfectly modeled with pilot training in mind.


Terrain-generated updrafts that allow gilders to gain altitude without a tow plane.

Snow, Rain and Ice Accumulation

Precipitation now accumulates on surfaces, freezing or thawing based on temperature.


Cessna Citation X

The Cessna Citation X is an American business jet produced by Cessna that made its maiden flight in 1993. The Citation X was the first aircraft from Cessna to use a Rolls-Royce engine and fully integrated avionics.

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