X-Plane 12.00 is the initial version of the newest flight simulator from Laminar Research. X-Plane 12 includes new features such as new aircraft, an updated user interface, moving jetways, seasons, and a new lighting, sound and effects engine. It contains numerous flight model updates, an entirely updated ATC system, new Primus avionics, Navdata updates, and recut global scenery. Alpha testing began on December 3, 2021. (Release notes from Alpha can be accessed here.) Early Access began on September 5, 2022.

Known Bugs

  • Incomplete or missing features in Alpha/Early Access:
    • Master-external visual networking
    • New XPLM APIs
    • Airbus A330 FMC
  • In progress features:
    • Tuning lighting & fog
    • LIT textures
    • VR holodeck lighting
    • Far trees don’t look great
    • Better cloud shapes, especially cirrus
    • Performance tuning
  • XPD-12879 Wake turbulence broken for 3rd party integrations.

Bug Fixes

Release candidate 1

  • XPD-13475 – Popup window Pool can be exhausted.
  • XPD-13470 – Ford Carrier Update.
  • XPD-13453 – Com freq does not update moving from standby to active.
  • XPD-13429 – Remove beta watermark from loading screen.
  • XPD-13299 – Still getting unnecessary and repeated revectors on approach at some airports.
  • XPD-13456 – UI: Less annoying “downloading weather” dialog.
  • XPD-13420 – Weather SDK – New DataRefs.
  • XPD-13417 – Engine Bypass Ratio calculation seems to be inverted in XP / PM 12.
  • XPD-13378 – Far mountains/terrain visible through clouds.
  • XPD-12736 – Terrain has better resolution from far view than from close view.
  • XPD-12272 – When ATC issues a wristslap, it must inform the user of the cause.
  • XPD-13482 – Las Vegas Landmarks update.
  • XPD-13465 – Changes of layer order of the airport ground elements.
  • XPD-13452 – Programming the FMS causes stuttering.
  • XPD-13383 – Presumed text width calculation changes broke DataRefTool.
  • XPD-13346 – Refactor tone mapping from GPU blending to CPU readback.
  • XPD-13341 – Handoff from IFR route to FISO field may not happen depending on the exact route details.
  • XPD-13331 – No SDK access to METAR file schema.
  • XPD-13230 – Turbulence dataref returns to the weather menu slider setting.
  • XPD-13224 – Checklist to release 12.00b11.
  • XPD-13038 – ATC Taxi Guidance Arrows Should Not Move With Aircraft Motion.
  • XPD-11983 – Holodeck is washed out – not using real shading.
  • XPD-13460 – Real Weather Log Output too Verbose.
  • XPD-13086 – Bug report: XPLMMeasureString incorrect for Proportional Font (regression).
  • XPD-11969 – ATC should offer to request final descent.
  • XPD-13364 – Crew oxygen gauge on default 737 shows wrong value by factor of 1000.

Beta 14

  • XPD-13432 – Fix for washed out forests.
  • XPD-13433 – Possible cloud type/coverage bug.
  • XPD-13423 – Crash cancelling landing clearance under some circumstances.
  • XPD-13388 – Create Multi-Texture Allocate API.
  • XPD-13387 – Allocation Arenas for VRAM based on lifetime.
  • XPD-13367 – Filing a flightplan airborne while already controlled clears most status, potentially making it impossible to continue.
  • XPD-13087 – Flickering of shadows starting after a few minutes when using real weather – frequency dependent on camera movement speed.
  • XPD-13085 – Taxiways on some airports blocked by underpass object.
  • XPD-12793 – Cloud transfer buffer is repeatedly re-allocated.
  • XPD-12783 – Some residential roads have no streetlights at all.
  • XPD-13435 – Improve SSAO on terrain at altitude.
  • XPD-13422 – Tone down color temperature changes.
  • XPD-13418 – Remove more outdated Aerosoft custom airports.
  • XPD-13413 – Library: legacy OBJ-based trees are now deprecated.
  • XPD-13412 – For airports with no defined flows, autogen’d flows should be created for low-vis conditions where not all runways have ILS.
  • XPD-13410 – Approach altitude steps are transmitting before checking terrain avoidance resulting in unnecessary calls.
  • XPD-13397 – From Bug Report: A330 Airbus Interior Objects not “hi res” in Plane Maker.
  • XPD-13343 – SDK DataRef “sim/flightmodel/position/true_psi” contains negative values.
  • XPD-13090 – Unable to rotate elevator from dataref.
  • XPD-12993 – Tree shadow visibility too short and without fade in.
  • XPD-12258 – B737: Crazy flap fairings motion when it’s used as AI.
  • XPD-13407 – Further tuning of the Cirrus SF50 yaw damper system.
  • XPD-13399 – Service Ceiling was too low and affecting cleared altitudes.
  • XPD-13400 – Readback of “Approach Cancelled” message showed a phrase expansion code.
  • XPD-13358 – Saitek Pro Throttle Quadrant image on Windows is of poor quality.

Beta 13

  • XPD-13385 – Use in-place weather apply, not copy-mode on Vulkan.
  • XPD-11775 – Far Tree Lighting is Washed Out.
  • XPD-13405 – Super roughness on all terrain.
  • XPD-13395 – Crash with unusable taxi network during reroute.
  • XPD-13392 – Crash with AI with cancelled approach.
  • XPD-13391 – Crash in altering active ILS when no flow is active.
  • XPD-13384 – Crash loading airspace data from malformed atc.dat file.
  • XPD-13361 – Map flight path is a mess.
  • XPD-13234 – Requesting landing can crash when too far away from the airport with no prior ATC interactions.
  • XPD-13406 – loading an old plane crashes the old 2-d panel with an old shader confusion.
  • XPD-13402 – plane-maker key-shortcuts no longer assignable.. a problem for euro keyboards.
  • XPD-13398 – From Bug Report: Fuel tank “moves with” list too long for window height (Plane Maker).
  • XPD-13368 – UI: Update weather preset thumbnails.
  • XPD-13365 – Maintain altitude messages too frequent.
  • XPD-13353 – A330 spoilers deploy when in ‘armed’ position.
  • XPD-13342 – Small jets were prevented from using many airfields due to hardcoded runway size restrictions.
  • XPD-13330 – Beta Alia 250 has no battery % indicator.
  • XPD-13325 – Remove openal32.dll in the X-Plane 12 Resources/dlls/64 folder.
  • XPD-13314 – Issue with sim/operation/override/override_fuel_flow in recip engines.
  • XPD-13270 – No feedback if ATC plan auto-route fails due to short distance to destination.
  • XPD-13268 – F14 Tail hook does not ‘stop’ at the ground, but buries itself when in DSF tiles that do not contain open water.
  • XPD-13257 – Flight path line on map is wrong.
  • XPD-13253 – Stop flagging AMD discrete GPU with 2GB VRAM as having insufficient VRAM.
  • XPD-13252 – Stop flagging cards with 2Gb of VRAM as having insufficient VRAM.
  • XPD-13240 – Null shader error crash with X-World America.
  • XPD-13176 – Gear “retracts” option in Plane Maker has odd behaviour.
  • XPD-13155 – VKB Gladiator MK II config file from user.
  • XPD-13088 – Engine cant datarefs are not writable.
  • XPD-13032 – Rain glass objects visible thru clouds.
  • XPD-12986 – get rid of unused resources.
  • XPD-12848 – Windows missing with AI airplanes depending on the view angle.
  • XPD-11362 – X-Plane_drm_12.prf gets accessed every frame on Steam.
  • XPD-13359 – Landing gear suspension for B58 Baron too soft and other various flight model adjustments.
  • XPD-13340 – Runway names in taxi instructions could be mispronounced.
  • XPD-13280 – For ILS approaches the actual ILS heading should be used for vectors rather than the runway heading.
  • XPD-13245 – Broken mip-map generation for 8k textures.
  • XPD-13215 – Plane Maker Preview hidden by base model.
  • XPD-13404 – Datarefs thrust_n and POINT_thrust read 0 for props.
  • XPD-13377 – Misspelling in German.
  • XPD-13177 – Bodies attached to gear have INOP offset parameters.

Beta 12

  • XPD-13366 – Map checkbox “Disable downwind ILS” disabled the transmitter, not just on the map, and ignored actual airport flow.
  • XPD-13275 – Unable to convert visual to ILS approaches or specifically request ILS.
  • XPD-13264 – Crash due to no runway segment during touch-n-go.
  • XPD-12795 – cloud shadows where there should not be cloud shadows.
  • XPD-13356 – QNH broadcasts and updates can be too frequent.
  • XPD-13351 – Circuit size could be very large because some aircraft have a flap-extend speed of 999kts.
  • XPD-13347 – Pronunciation of radio frequencies needs to be region-specific.
  • XPD-13322 – Missing objects in Beta 9 – fuel trucks.
  • XPD-13307 – Widget text not centered.
  • XPD-13306 – dataref acf_throtmax_FWD does not have effect above 1.0.
  • XPD-13294 – XPLMLoadDataFile is not working correctly.
  • XPD-13291 – XPLMMeasureString(xplmFont_Proportional returning wrong length by plus 30%.
  • XPD-13276 – Taxi routes with no name are causing issues with ATC speech.
  • XPD-13258 – “Did you know” texts need updating.
  • XPD-13126 – Wrong True Heading Readouts.
  • XPD-12067 – Plane is shaded as if under overcast layer even when far above it.
  • XPD-13355 – “Repeat Last” call did not work after a handoff to another controller.
  • XPD-13335 – X-Plane can’t broadcast to single and all external apps at the same time.
  • XPD-13312 – Don’t tell aircraft to climb and then descend when joining an approach route if not needed for MSA.
  • XPD-13140 – Vectors to the runway should not be created until the last waypoint on a flightplan is reached.
  • XPD-13134 – Citation X needs Vmo/Mmo indication on speed tape.
  • XPD-11785 – Marginal VFR preset – incorrect visibility .
  • XPD-13337 – Disabling all scenary packs including global airports crashes on startup.
  • XPD-13147 – RV10 Autopilot Switch has no audible “click”.
  • XPD-12702 – DCT should be understood in the route section.
  • XPD-9334 – Default windsock lit spotlight not animated.

Beta 11

  • Emergency hot fix for broken draped polygon textures. This fixes gray boxes all over airports.

Beta 10

  • XPD-13318 – NFREQ Assert: Bad input to set_Nfreq: F-14.
  • XPD-13260 – Wing flex still screwy.
  • XPD-13302 – Add FMOD support to boats (including carrier).
  • XPD-13279 – XP12 does not use TLS (https).
  • XPD-13255 – Limit auto-docking jetway tunnel articulation range.
  • XPD-11181 – Jetway from the wrong side is used.
  • XPD-13316 – Excessive XPLMGetFMSEntryInfo performance cost.
  • XPD-13311 – autopilot LOC/GS cannot lock onto GLS tuned on MMR .
  • XPD-13309 – all navigation drifts off course after 180 nautical miles of tracking perfectly.
  • XPD-13303 – Some jetways rendered with wrong cabin heading.
  • XPD-13292 – 737 is unable to switch to AI control on the ground.
  • XPD-13289 – From Bug Report: Alia 250 Wrong GPS Popout.
  • XPD-13288 – shift-6 view does not rotate with airplane. oops.
  • XPD-13287 – UI: Change behavior of “Show aircraft from old versions” checkbox.
  • XPD-13286 – New airport scenery objects.
  • XPD-13273 – Use borderless full screen instead of full screen exclusive.
  • XPD-13272 – Ford carrier small fix: catapult shuttles.
  • XPD-13261 – Jetway docks too high.
  • XPD-13251 – Electric trim not turned on when loading a new plane.
  • XPD-13250 – RAT-driven generator cannot be manually extended.
  • XPD-13112 – Moving jetways rendered bogous when flying into airport.

Beta 9

  • XPD-12924 – Crashes when enabling FSR with mis-matched monitor aspect ratios.
  • XPD-13263 – Weight and balance system acting weird after resaving aircraft with latest planemaker (SR22 example).
  • XPD-13235 – RV10 visible polygons in internal glass.
  • XPD-13266 – New Landmarks package: Portland.
  • XPD-13262 – Updated Global Airports.
  • XPD-13249 – New assets for legacy airport scenery objects.
  • XPD-13239 – (Light) aircraft pitch down unduly at the moment of touchdown.
  • XPD-13180 – F-14 Tomcat Missing Livery Preview (VF31 AJ105 BuNo 159619).
  • XPD-13148 – Regression in XPLMPlaceUserAtLocation() function with gear position.
  • XPD-13046 – Move crashpad handler executables to the proper “shipping” locations.
  • XPD-13045 – Implement GUI for new crashpad handler.
  • XPD-12812 – UI: No visual indication of the splitter bar in the ATC dialog.
  • XPD-13238 – Expose rain debug utility to developers.
  • XPD-13178 – Lancair Evolution Particle Separator has no effect.
  • XPD-12824 – strange surging effect of rainstreaks on windows (starts-stops-starts-stops…).
  • XPD-12749 – Ground handling speech doesn’t have signal processing.
  • XPD-13143 – Cirrus Vision SF50 Landing lights not visible during the day.

Beta 8

  • XPD-13113 – Still having “Approach has gone backwards” and VFR approaches going missed.
  • XPD-13020 – Legacy Dataref CG Z Maps to Wrong Unit.
  • XPD-12077 – Bug report: light_attenuation dataref alway 1.0.
  • XPD-13228 – Art: Pilots for A330 and 737.
  • XPD-13223 – Update Scenery Gateway missing runway autoreporter URL.
  • XPD-13218 – Handle contact point fails a dev assert when checking for collisions.
  • XPD-13170 – sim/graphics/animation/carrier_catapult_station_rat not working for XCAR3 and XCAR4.
  • XPD-13152 – Hiding the ground-ops window in VR also hides the ATC window.
  • XPD-13149 – XPLMSaveDataFile / XPLMLoadDataFile – save/load inccorect data.
  • XPD-13125 – Erroneous dataref values in sim/world/boat/{x,z}_mtr[0,1].
  • XPD-13102 – Potential crash after departure.
  • XPD-13093 – Hold-short messages may refer to the wrong end of active runways to cross.
  • XPD-13092 – MIssing sim/world/boat/carrier_catshot_status?
  • XPD-13091 – set radio nav freq by dataref does not work correctly.
  • XPD-13089 – sim/ice/anti_ice_toggle command is not working.
  • XPD-13077 – Wings dont droop under fuel load.
  • XPD-13071 – CTD when using CDU815 in custom A/C in PM.
  • XPD-12831 – Datarefs overwritten during merge.
  • XPD-12797 – Request to allow VFR landing after a zone transit.
  • XPD-11427 – Bug report: XPLMCanWriteDataRef always returns true for DataRefs.txt.
  • XPD-11400 – Horizon tilts when panning tower view.
  • XPD-13214 – From Bug Report: Panel maker interface for 3D panel shifted and unreadable.
  • XPD-13172 – Citation X has brakes still set to hydraulic system B, should be A.
  • XPD-13154 – Zone transit should use actual airspace boundary if it’s not ridiculously large.
  • XPD-13153 – IFR clearance should include a squawk code even for relayed clearance.
  • XPD-13138 – Unable to change aircraft basic information if departure ICAO is populated.
  • XPD-13114 – LSO is calling “drop your hook” for aircraft with no tailhook.
  • XPD-13095 – Taxiway names with spaces were not loaded correctly.
  • XPD-12087 – Request for a dataref that shows the state of the UI selected scaling.
  • XPD-13217 – Pronounce name of Ethiopia’s Bole airport (HAAB) correctly.
  • XPD-13141 – F14 F-14 Tomcat Right and Left Engine Fuel Shutoff Handle INOP.
  • XPD-13132 – Ground Attitude in Plane Maker acts crazy.
  • XPD-13122 – Slow speed taxing of the MD82 excessively rolls the aircraft.

Beta 7

  • XPD-13130 – networked computer view (ex-visuals) FREEZE in beta 5.
  • XPD-13076 – Crash Dev Assert test_b5 branch.
  • XPD-13111 – S76: Front wheel moves violently with rudder input.
  • XPD-13098 – No landing clearance on VFR circuit at KBED.
  • XPD-13041 – KBED Needs Controllers and Traffic Pattern.
  • XPD-12892 – Change the “Did you know” text during load.
  • XPD-12843 – Sound levels in 844X need some work.
  • XPD-13148 – Regression in XPLMPlaceUserAtLocation() function with gear position.
  • XPD-13137 – R22 engine materials tuning.
  • XPD-13109 – Beech Baron altimeter only uses millibar.
  • XPD-13096 – “SDK XPLMPlaceUserAtLocation”.
  • XPD-13067 – Minor tweaks to roof decals.
  • XPD-13058 – Increase windspeed limit in manual weather setup.
  • XPD-12234 – Bug report: Without flight path from networked multiplayer planes.
  • XPD-13118 – G1000 Popout does not brighten or dim when using the panel brightness or avionics knob.
  • XPD-13116 – Baron B58 – Panel switch must be on to show avionics (530/KX/ADF).
  • XPD-13110 – Cylinder head temperatures in default SR22 go off the scale on long flights.
  • XPD-13074 – Further tuning of Schleicher ASK-21 glider.
  • XPD-12909 – Add KBTV Burlington to Custom Scenery folder (airport with custom objects for Austin).
  • XPD-12435 – Below GS light illuminating on 737 even if not within warning mode envelope.
  • XPD-12350 – Airbus replay incorrect.
  • XPD-12286 – At a FISO field, “request taxi for departure” should be “tailnum, type, (local area|circuits|returning today), X POB”.
  • XPD-13119 – “Show Extra Aircraft” Checkbox displays out of date help message.
  • XPD-13115 – Southwest Airlines stopped using “Cactus” callsign in 2015.
  • XPD-13105 – A330 radios are inoperative.
  • XPD-12771 – Engine anti-ice warning lights and valve lights on default 737 have wrong logic.

Beta 6

  • XPD-13075 – Crash with AI logic executing on part-constructed aircraft.
  • XPD-12954 – crash while dragging nodes around during side view of fuselage in Planemaker.
  • XPD-11404 – Constant magenta NaNs with GeForce 900 series GPUs.
  • XPD-13077 – wings dont droop under fuel load.
  • XPD-12627 – Implement KTX2 for compressing normal textures.
  • XPD-12207 – NaN magenta box in ATC window.
  • XPD-13056 – ATIS broadcasts use the lowest wind layer not the one at the airport altitude.
  • XPD-13007 – Radio range was not being taken into account for ATIS broadcasts.
  • XPD-12940 – AI are still requesting taxi for departure when a gate-hold is in effect.
  • XPD-12998 – Dev builds assert with altitude < 0 in radio parameter expansion.

Beta 5

  • XPD-11803 XPLMGetFMSEntryInfo is always returning an outref of XPLM_NAV_NOT_FOUND.
  • XPD-11845 Fire test on 737-800 should stop when test switch is released back to neutral.
  • XPD-12182 When determining the min height required for the description widget, make sure to use the correct font.
  • XPD-12328 Phraseology issues for circuit instructions.
  • XPD-12438 AFIS should never issue any heading.
  • XPD-12582 Runway floats above airport and airplane goes through it.
  • XPD-12889 Background image in Planemaker stuck in zoom relative to geometry.
  • XPD-12894 CTD with Citation X dial.
  • XPD-12919 Crash after failing to file a flightplan due to invalid navaid.
  • XPD-12925 Pushback truck confirmation missing when not called from ATC dialog.
  • XPD-12976 Dynamic objects small update.
  • XPD-12981 As per reality, a330 needs to be able to turn OFF the wxr radar to turn ON the terrain-warning-map!
  • XPD-12992 C172SP analogue panel needs manipulator updated for the CDI2 instrument.
  • XPD-13008 SF50 has no internal rain sounds.
  • XPD-13014 Floating markings at KASE.
  • XPD-13016 PA18: Hide XPad holder when not in VR.
  • XPD-13017 R22: Hide XPad holder when not in VR.
  • XPD-13018 Hide xpad holder on F4.
  • XPD-13019 Bug in FMOD sound script of Citation X does not allow playing of altitude alert.
  • XPD-13049 Tailhook degrees dataref inop if no carrier.
  • XPD-13050 Plane maker ASDW keys stopped working to adjust model orientation.
  • XPD-13052 Crash Loading Aircraft Due to ASync Sound.
  • XPD-13053 Real weather download is loading crap data into X-Plane.
  • XPD-13068 No environment sound datarefs being passed as params to environmental bank.

Beta 4

  • XPD-12423 Boat wakes should replay.
  • XPD-12513 Mismatched 3D water wake on replay.
  • XPD-12542 Many frequency changes upon vectoring to visual approach.
  • XPD-12628 Planemaker dialogs lag behind when dragged.
  • XPD-12794 UTL_art_asset and other classes delete resources under lock.
  • XPD-12825 Can get short silence at the end of some transmissions.
  • XPD-12826 Restored joystick axis label symbols.
  • XPD-12867 Crash checking in with area controller (after landing).
  • XPD-12868 Better carrier ops for old planes, too!
  • XPD-12871 When using the “show air traffic paths” option, altitudes are wrong.
  • XPD-12873 ATC should hold FMOD’s m_continuation_group during preparation for playback.
  • XPD-12875 Engine and transmission temperature model is incorrect and inconsistent.
  • XPD-12886 Don’t allow a FISO to provide “request heading” or “uncertain of position”.
  • XPD-12889 Background image in Planemaker stuck in zoom relative to geometry.
  • XPD-12898 Request Frequency Change had inverted logic.
  • XPD-12901 AI stuck in a loop missing final.
  • XPD-12904 Excessive approach revectors due to route checking.
  • XPD-12915 Crash on error exit in boat manager.
  • XPD-12923 Liberty Island lights fixed.
  • XPD-12925 Improvements to ground-ops window, always give feedback.
  • XPD-12931 Initial magenta NaN pain relief.
  • XPD-12945 VR system left handles in place after a window was popped out.
  • XPD-12947 San Francisco Landmarks update.
  • XPD-12949 A330 flaps not controllable by an analog joystick AXIS.
  • XPD-12952 Thread shutdown crash.
  • XPD-12953 Citation X FMC Causing Crash entering STAR.
  • XPD-12955 Crash after requesting taxi to stand from hold-short point.
  • XPD-12958 Have the taxi route stay on the actual route but still show the way back to it.
  • XPD-12966 AI can end up in the wrong state after an approach revector.
  • XPD-12976 Dynamic objects small update.
  • XPD-13001 Marked X-Plane 11 as an “old key” in X-Plane 12.

Beta 3

  • Restored in-app purchase.
  • Made bleed air availability writeable with override.
  • XPD-10960 XPLM always returns success for a terrain probe even if it fails.
  • XPD-12520 Fixed black screen when bailing early from intro.
  • XPD-12778 AI needs to not use ‘airshow smoke’.
  • XPD-12895 CTD with Citation by trying to access PERF LANDING page #3 of 3.
  • XPD-12902 CTD while struggling to enter the route in the A333 MCDU.
  • XPD-12905 CTD with Citation X when selecting a STAR.
  • XPD-12912 Waves move in slow motion.
  • XPD-12915 This fixes a crash on exit in the boat manager.
  • XPD-12916 Crash detecting unplanned user runway use.
  • XPD-12917 Crash from null pointer in controller list.
  • XPD-12919 Crash after re-filing bad flightplan after filing good flightplan.
  • XPD-12928 Fixed facade-scraper radio masts failing due to incorrect slant error.
  • XPD-12932, XPD-12961 Demo mode pop up text says Seattle not Portland.
  • XPD-12939 Manuals still list KSEA not KPDX as demo area.
  • XPD-12944 Typo in rendering settings menu.
  • XPD-12946 Old landmark situations from X-Plane 11 not working.
  • XPD-12962 CTD When changing fuel tank selector on Lancair Evolution.
  • XPD-12893 Extremely jittery pixellation in clouds in VR.

Beta 2

  • Turned off in-app purchase temporarily.
  • XPD-12932 Demo mode pop up text says Seattle not Portland.

Beta 1

  • Rename of alpha 38 and Early Access launch.

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