X-Plane 9 for iPad

A flight simulator with a multitude of maps, aircrafts & missions. The video is at the bottom of the post.

Pros:
-22 Regions (Maps)
-40 Aircrafts with customizations
-A multitude of flying conditions
-Missions for each aircraft (even docking the space shuttle at the ISS!)
-Radio Chatter
-Realistic scenery with 3D buildings & terrain
-In app Apollo mission purchase

Cons:
-Up close the land is pixelated

$9.99 (optional $4.99 Apollo mission)
5/5

My very first iPhone App Review was X-Plane for iPhone. Now there is X-Plane 9 for iPad and I must say, it is about 30 times more outstanding than the iPhone App, The iPad app has many more planes & regions.

X-Plane 9 for iPad has 22 regions that include areas from Florida to Alaska to the Grand Canyon, to Hawaii. If you want to you can also land on a aircraft carrier!

There are a total of 40 aircrafts in the app, ranging from helicopters, to gliders, so commercial planes, to fighter jets to even the the Space Shuttle (you can even do the Apollo mission fora $4.99) in app purchase.)

Another thing to mention here is that some of the fighter jets can actually shoot.You can even shoot down an AI jet.

Some of the planes themselves come with missions and can be scene when switching to the map view, but most of the time, you are only going to see the ability to start landing, take-off or start at a random place.

Each plane has the ability to customize the total weight of the plane and its center of gravity.

Much like the iPhone App, there are four times of day – day, sunset, twilight & night. There are also the 5 different whether conditions; however, you now have the ability to mix two different levels. You can also customize the visibility, wind speed & direction, turbulence & wave height.

Once in an aircraft, there are a multitude of views – inside the cockpit with meters & controls, window view with on-screen meters & controls, follow the aircraft, customizable view – zoom in & out on the aircraft.

When flying an aircraft, you’ll need patience especially if you are flying from on airport to another as some of the maps are expansive and it can take awhile; of course you can always just do the landing & take-off missions. Lastly a very neat feature includes the ability to play the sim with another user that is on the same WiFi network. Can you say dog-fighting?

Having played a few aircraft simulation games (which of course had a steeper learning curve but were more accurate) this is a nice app to have on you iPad for anyone interested in a flight simulator

$9.99 for this app is absolutely outstanding! We’ve only said this once, before, but this one fits into that Elite category – every now and then an app comes along and really Wows us!

Don’t forget to check out the image gallery to see more screenshots!


Author: Matt Sawyers

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