Aircraft models are also extremely flexible, allowing users to easily create paint jobs, sounds, and instrument panels to modify any airplane you choose.
Custom airplane or helicopter designs can even be created and flown using X‑Plane and the included Plane Maker software.
X‑Plane includes more than 15 aircraft in the default installation, spanning the aviation industry and its history.
Aircraft included range from the Sikorsky S–76 and Cessna 172 to the Space Shuttle and the B–52 Bomber.
Weather in X‑Plane is variable from clear skies and high visibility to thunderstorms with controllable wind, wind shear, turbulence, and micro bursts.
Rain, snow, and clouds are available for an instrument flying challenge, and thermals are available for the gliders.
This experience can provide credit towards a private pilot’s license, recurrence training, hours towards instrument training, and even hours towards an Airline Transport Certificate—it’s that good.
Windows, Mac, and Linux installers are included with X‑Plane 11.
These customers serve as perhaps the most significant endorsement of the incredible capabilities of this simulator.
Furthermore, X‑Plane has received certification from the FAA for use in logging hours towards flight experience and ratings.
X-Plane is used by world-leading defense contractors, air forces, aircraft manufacturers, and even space agencies for applications ranging from flight training to concept design and flight testing.
For example, X‑Plane has been used in crash investigations to depict the view pilots experienced moments before a mid-air collision, or to graphically present to juries and judges the forces that impact an aircraft in flight.
They can also realistically model the flight of remote-controlled model aircraft, perform an air-launch in an X–15 or Space Ship One from the mother ship, fly re-entries into Earth’s atmosphere in the Space Shuttle, fly with friends over the Internet or a LAN, drop water on forest fires, or shoot approaches to aircraft carriers at night in stormy weather and rough water conditions in a damaged F–4.