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Reviews for X-Plane 11 Global Flight Simulator Software

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  • By Robert L MILLER from Saddlebrooke AZ USA on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • Pros: Stability of the software.
  • Cons: Too many options for assignment to buttons on the flight wheel. A lot of these options would never be used. As a result, it is hard to find the more obvious ones that are needed.
  • Review: I would like to have the option of moving practically anything on the instrument panel to a second screen. I think that the old MS FS has this capability and it was very useful. For instance, I need to access the autopilot a lot during instrument flight, and I have to stop pause the program to scan down and see the controls to do that. I am a licensed pilot and this is what I need to do in the airplane.
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I love it.

  • By Charlie from Jackson MI USA on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • Review: The flight training could be a little more detailed on how to use the instruments.
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  • By Ken from Vicksburg MS USA on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Pros: Easy installation from dvd. Great world community support structure.
  • Cons: Takes up too much "honey-do" time.
  • Review: This is an excellent flight simulator. Well worth the price. Installation and upgrading with ease. The ability to use ortho-photographic mapping in the sim is great. Bring on the "Google street view".
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A handy tool for a new Student Pilot

  • By Dry Creek from Central Texas on Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • Pros: Accurate airplane physics. Comes on DVD discs so you don't spend your life downloading.
  • Cons: Doesn't have the "eye-candy" appeal of MSFS 2020. 14+18 isn't 34 (runway hdg)
  • Review:

    I must say that I really enjoy the upgrade from MSFS-X to X-Plane 11. I use the simulator for practicing the maneuvers that my CFI covers on each lesson, plus I use it to get the "feel" for the other airports we visit during the training sessions.

    I also use MSFS 2020 and FlightGear 2020. This is where I will start my comparisons.

    X-Plane 11 excels in having a steam-gauge C-172 stock. The actual flight characteristics in the modeling (physics) are very, very close to the older C-172H models in use at the flight school I am using. I just have to mentally convert Knots to MPH. The real-world weather seems to be accurate and closely mimics the conditions out of the field I fly from. I also have a computer that is not the strongest when it comes to flight simulators (limited by GPU - nVidea GT 1030, 2GB). It runs the Vulkan shaders and I can get a very decent FPS during all stages of flight.

    The main complaints I do have about this offering is visual realism. Right now I have the runway markers called up for KGDJ. How can we have a choice of 14 - 34 ? No, I can assure you that the runway, while short, is straight. Simple error, but obvious to even a pre-solo SP like myself. I am running the graphics a high settings, but sadly they just don't compare to the eye-candy offered in MSFS 2020. It just doesn't have the little visual cues I use for even my pattern work. On the 14 approach, I have a spot picked out for downwind leg alignment, and a certain spot to turn base at - plus another one a little further down if it's gusty and I want a longer final to ensure that I am stabilized. Neither of those points are there. The same goes for the other visual cues I look for when "practicing" pattern work at KCPT or KMWL. So, I use MSFS 2020 (on low settings) to be able to find and use those visual cues. If I am practicing maneuvers though, it's X-Plane all the way. I don't have access to a G-1000 cockpit, and MSFS 2020 doesn't offer a sixpack steam gauge C-172 in the package level I purchased. I have tried to download the "free" version of one, but I haven't been successful at getting it loaded into the hangar.

    FlightGear 2020.3 is "buggy". But, it's free and uses a lot of the same maps used in X-Plane 11.

    If X-Plane 12 can get to the level of realism for the scenery what MSFS 2020 does - while maintaining the excellent physics and modeling of the C-172, I will really consider upgrading!

    I consider the flight simulator as a useful tool for a Student PIlot. I don't use it as a "game". I will confess to flying and trying to locate our home and ranch, not identifiable with X-Pane 11, but very, very accurately presented in MSFS 2020.

    Peripherals:
    Saitek/Logitech Yoke, Throttle Quadrant, Rudder Pedals (really dislike the rudder pedals).
    Computer: i7 7100, 16GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, Zotac GForce (nVidea) GT 1030 w/2GB DDR5 VRAM. Monitor is a surplus 32" HDTV

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It is more elaberate that microsoft flight sim X, but great

  • By Robert from Goodview VA USA on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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  • Review: It is challenging and I look forward to getting fluent with it. The program tells me that my rendering options are to high, can someone tell me where to find them and fix them by lowering them. I will thank you for that help.
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Impressive!!!

  • By Sean from Napa, CA on Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Pros: Good default scenery
  • Cons: Misplaced objects
  • Review: Has really good default scenery and aircraft. It does have bugs, such as houses in the middle of helipads and trees, utility poles in the middle of the road. Good flight modeling. I love how the airports follow the terrain, as not all runways are completely flat.
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LOOKS A LOT BETTER THAN OLD SOFTWARE.

  • By tom stevens from Laguna Hills CA USA on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Pros: lOOKS MUCH BETTER THAN OLD SOFTWARE
  • Cons: NOT EASY TO SET UP.
  • Review: I NEED HELP SETTING THIS UP ON MY LAPTOP. IS THERE ANYONE IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA, THAN i CAN HIRE TO SET UP THIS SOFTWARE ON MY LAPTOP SO I CAN USE MY SIMULATOR?
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