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11-17-2006, 03:42 PM
Has anyone used x-plane? If so whaddaya reckon?

I've finally taken the plunge and got myself a slave HDD onto which I've put Ubuntu (recommended by the way, esp with the Beryl/Compiz desktop) and feel that it should have a flight sim to go into it as well.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


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11-17-2006, 03:57 PM
Very solid simulator. The flight model is as good as you'll get from a simulator, but, like microsoft FS, it's only as good as the aircraft you've loaded. It has an excellent helicopter FM and plenty of free helos to choose from. Also, you don't need a bleeding edge system to get 50 fps with high graphics settings.

X-Plane is largely what you make of it. With the most current version and custom (it's ok, they're free) aircraft, it can blow other civilian flight sims out of the water.

A few caveats though:

1. The flight model is fantastic, but the default planes are woefully out-dated. Check out x-plane.org (http://www.x-plane.org/) for a lot of excellent and free aircraft.

2. The user interface is powerful but difficult to wade through (though it isn't as if PF has anything to brag about in this category).

11-17-2006, 04:27 PM
This has just peaked my interest. So you're saying that I can fly though this:

...and not get a major frame rate hit?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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11-17-2006, 06:34 PM
I've never been ecstatic about XPlane as a simulator. It just lacks all sorts of polish, although it's definitely better than FlightGear in that regard.

XPlane was originally marketed as a toy for aerospace engineers. It has mostly everything you need to make your own plane, to put its wings wherever you want, to use any airfoil you want, etc. I don't have the free time to screw around with it, but it seems pretty powerful.

It's a bit more complex than that, really. You really need to have and understand a 3D modeling program and at least XFoil in order to make something from scratch, and you do need a fair bit of aerospace knowledge if you want it to fly.