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X-Plane - Latest Info and Details. X-Plane is a flight simulator for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows by Laminar Research. X-Plane is packaged with other software to build and customize aircraft and scenery, offering a complete flight simulation environment. X-Plane 11 Downloads and Add-ons. X-Plane has always been the professionals choice for a flight simulation package. However, over the past few years - X-Plane has become more popular with the 'general' flight simulator user, the user that flies at home on his PC or Mac. To install X-Plane using a digital download product key, do the following: Ensure your computer is connected to the Internet. Double click the “X-Plane 11 Installer” icon to launch the installer. When the installer window pops up, select the option for installing a product purchase. X-Plane 11 Piaggio P.180 Avanti Ferrari Team 1.0. Thank you to Laminar Research for allowing this aircraft model to be shared with the X-Plane community. This file was a default aircraft with X-Plane software releases from version 9 through 10, now made available for X-Plane 11.

X-Plane is a flight simulator for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows by Laminar Research. X-Plane is packaged with other software to build and customize aircraft and scenery, offering a complete flight simulation environment. X-Plane also has a plugin architecture that allows users to create their own modules and aircraft, extending the functionality of the software by letting users create their own worlds or replicas of places on earth.

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It comes with five scenery disks, and one with scenery and the actual simulator. It allows flight from -70 degrees south to 74 degrees north. Switching the planet to Mars is an option that comes with the game, and although the air is thin, flight is possible.

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X-Plane differentiates itself by implementing an aerodynamic model known as blade element theory. Traditionally, flight simulators try to emulate the real-world performance of an aircraft by using lookup tables to find known aerodynamic forces such as lift or drag, which vary with flight condition. These simulators do a good job of simulating the flight characteristics of the aircraft they were designed to simulate (those with known aerodynamic data), but are not useful in design work, and do not predict the performance of aircraft when the actual figures are not available.

Blade-element theory is one method of improving on this. It is a way of modeling the forces and moments on an aircraft by individually evaluating the parts that constitute it. Blade-element theory and other computational aerodynamic models can be used to compute aerodynamic forces in real time or to pre-compute aerodynamic forces of a new design for later use in a traditional lookup table type of simulator.

With Blade-element theory, a wing, for example, may be made up of many sections (1 to 4 is typical), and each section is further divided into as many as 10 separate sections, then the lift and drag of each section is calculated, and the resulting effect is applied to the whole aircraft. When this process is applied to each component, the simulated aircraft will fly virtually like its real counterpart does. This approach allows users to design aircraft on their computer quickly and easily, as the simulator engine will show immediately how an aircraft with a given design might perform in the real world.

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X-Plane can model fairly complex aircraft designs, including helicopters, rockets, rotor craft and tilt-rotor craft. Famous real-world aircraft modeled in X-Plane include the V-22 Osprey, the Harrier Jump Jet, the NASA Space Shuttle, and Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne.

Blade element theory has shortcomings, as it can sometimes be difficult to design an aircraft that performs precisely as would real-world aircraft. However, as the flight model is refined, the simulator can better resemble real-world performance, and aircraft quirks and design flaws.

X-Plane has always been the professionals choice for a flight simulation package. However, over the past few years - X-Plane has become more popular with the 'general' flight simulator user, the user that flies at home on his PC or Mac. The last few versions of X-Plane have been marketed towards general users and it is becoming increasingly popular within the flight simulation community.

Image shows Antarctica scenery add-on in the latest X-Plane version 11.

With the increase in popularity, freeware developers have started creating add-ons such as aircraft and scenery packages for X-Plane. X-Plane is said to be more realistic in terms of flight dynamics than any of the Microsoft Flight Simulator packages, mainly because of the way X-Plane gives flight to aircraft models.

In Microsoft Flight Simulator, aircraft models are all similar with a simple configuration file to provide simple flight dynamics, while in X-Plane, aircraft shapes, sizes and weights are taken into consideration in the simulation - giving more realistic flight.

While there are not as many add-on packages and downloads for X-Plane as there is for the Microsoft Flight simulators, this is a growing section and it's becoming increasingly popular.

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Featured in this section are many aircraft, vehicles, helicopters and scenery expansions for X-Plane, all available for download with your Fly Away Simulation account. Why not try X-Plane today? You can get your hands on the free demo here.

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Perhaps you're already an avid X-Plane user, if so - you're sure to find a home here. You can visit our X-Plane 11 discussion forum for discussion topics, and you don't even have to become a member to post. You will be pleased to know that we have recently reviewed the latest X-Plane 11 for our readers. You can read the review here.

You will also be keen to know that most (if not all) of the X-Plane 10 add-ons also with in X-Plane version 11. So if you find anything that specifies XP10, it should work in your new copy of XP11 too.

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