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Behind the GPS: Interview with Philipp Ringler

Q: What’s your title with X-Plane? Answer: Laminar Research doesn’t have an actual title policy, so depending on the time of day and who I’m talking to I’d be a software developer, analyst, avionics researcher or flight instructor. My main responsibility in X-Plane is avionics and navigational data, so everything that helps you to get […]

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X-Plane 10 Mobile Reflection Improvements

Physically Based Rendering (or PBR for short) was a new feature in X-Plane 11. Now, it’s coming to X-Plane 10 Mobile! Check out the video below to see the before and after comparisons for how this will affect what you see in the app. Music: Going Higher – Bensound.com

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X-Plane 11 Landmarks: Sydney, Australia

X-Plane 11.20 Sydney Australia

X-Plane 11.20 adds another set of world landmarks for Sydney, Australia. Don’t miss the iconic Sydney Opera House, which boasts over 8 million visitors a year and status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the nearby Harbour Bridge, also nicknamed “The Coathangar.” Screenshots

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New Aircraft in X-Plane 11.20: Aerolite 103

X-Plane 11.20 includes a new aircraft: the Aerolite 103. This is a single seat, high-wing, pusher configuration ultralight aircraft that provides an unparalleled view of your surroundings when used in VR. It has an empty weight of 275 pounds, a maximum speed of 70 miles per hour, and range of 120 statute miles. The real Aerolite […]

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X-Plane VR Updates

X-Plane 11.20 VR Hardware settings tab

New features and fixes are now available for the X-Plane VR preview beta! Thanks to large amounts of feedback, these updates include multiple new features and some bug fixes. We weren’t able to get to everything, so be sure to check out the release notes to see what known issues are already on our radar […]

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X-Plane Planning Session Q&A

X-Plane developer Q&A Jan 2018

Developers from the X-Plane team meet last week for their semi-annual planning meeting. There were a lot of things to discuss, thanks to great feedback on the VR preview beta and ATC comments. You can also watch a recorded Q&A session from the meeting if you missed it live.  

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VR Preview Beta Available

The major feature coming in X-Plane 11.20 is native support of virtual reality, or VR. You can now try out X-Plane VR by grabbing the latest beta! The focus of this build is VR preview and testing on a wide variety of hardware configurations, so at this time the beta does not contain many changes […]

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X-Plane 11.10 Official Release Available

X-Plane 11 Landmarks - Westminster Palace closeup

The first major update to X-Plane 11 is now available for everyone! X-Plane will automatically prompt you to update the next time you use the sim, or you can use the latest installer to grab the update directly. X-Plane 11.10 includes a lot of new features and code changes. You can read the full release […]

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X-Plane 11.10 Situation File Improvements

X-Plane 11.10 .sit file improvements

Two improvements to situation files are coming in X-Plane 11.10. Now you have the option to always start with a specific flight situation. Secondly, restored functionality allows you to assign situations to key assignments. This video previews these changes to situation files.

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