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X-Plane 9 Flight Simulator For The iPhone

X-Plane 9 Flight Simulator For The iPhone

X-Plane 9 For iPhone (Images courtesy Touch Arcade)
By Andrew Liszewski

When it comes to flight simulators for the PC there are those who swear by Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, and those who swear by Laminar Research’s X-Plane. And if you’re a fan of the latter, and own an iPhone or an iPod Touch running the 2.0+ firmware, you’ll be happy to hear that Laminar Research has actually released a version of their popular flight sim software for Apple’s touch screen devices.

While the ‘mini’ version of X-Plane 9 is no where near as expansive as the PC version (it weighs in at 6.2MB, as opposed to X-Plane’s PC installer which ships on 6 dual-layer DVDs) you do get your choice of 4 different planes (all light aircraft) and options for controlling the weather and general flight conditions. And instead of a having to rely on a joystick for flying, X-Plane 9 uses the iPod Touch or iPhone’s accelerometer to make the device itself a flight yoke, requiring you to turn or tilt it to steer the aircraft. So far the reviews for the sim seem pretty positive, and at just $9.99 from the App Store it’s seriously making me re-think my ‘free apps only’ policy.

[ Touch Arcade – Flight Simulator ‘X-Plane 9’ from Laminar Research ] VIA [ Kotaku ]