Best flight simulator

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  1. dcaccount macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    What is in your opinion the best flight simulator for iPad?

    I am not looking for something very professional, just for a simulator to learn the basics of flight and navigation.

    Thanks a lot, daniele
     
  2. nygiants242 macrumors member

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  3. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    I got this one when it went FREE for a few days.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aerofly-fs-flight-simulator/id575487269?mt=8

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    I recently purchased that on Amazon because I had free credit to use and it is pretty sweet but it's a toss up for me between both flight apps. They are equally good and worthy of a purchase.
     
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Well, if you want the most realistic flight sim, try X-Plane. It started life as a "professional simulator for engineers" back in the '90s, and morphed in to an ultra-realistic flight simulator, ported even to the iPad.
     
  5. dcaccount thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for replying.

    Does Infinite Flight or x-plane implement a basic navigation system?

    I have downloaded aerofly but it does not.

    Thanks, Daniele
     
  6. Donka macrumors 68020

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    Another recommendation for Infinite Flight. It does have a navigation function in there where you can set way points to different airports and runways etc.
     
  7. dcaccount thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, so what would you advise to try, Infinite Flight or x plane?

    Daniele
     
  8. Donka macrumors 68020

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    I haven't tried X-Plane on the ipad so I can't comment on that. When I looked them both, I opted for Infinite Flight because it seemed to be more actively updated, the reviews were more positive and it was cheaper. Granted there Are more purchases available in Infinite Flight as opposed to the single one in X-Plane but you get a lot of different free options with Infinite Flight. I'm sure both are great but I was happy with Infinite Flight so didn't try out X-Plane.
     
  9. braddick macrumors 68040

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    F18 Pilot Simulator is also a worthy contender.
     
  10. Donka macrumors 68020

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    Digging up an older thread due to some recent updates.

    Aerofly 2 has been released which is well worth checking out.
    X-Plane 10 is also just out and is free so worth getting.

    It seems the Flight Sims for iPad are starting to mature although although all have their pros and cons. The perfect app would be a mix of all three imho.

    A basic summary.

    Infinite Flight.
    Pros:
    Great interface.
    Large selection of aircraft.
    Online multiplayer (subscription).

    Cons:
    Game can be a little laggy.
    No ground models - just land and water.
    Sound is basic.


    Aerofly 2.
    Pros:
    Great looking game.
    Very smooth engine.
    Nice ground models.
    Some planes have additional attention to detail (Wing flex etc.)

    Cons:
    Basic map.
    Interface could be better.


    X-Plane 10.
    Pros:
    Smooth engine.
    Nicely detailed.
    Weather and clouds.
    Good night lighting.

    Cons:
    Limited Autopilot
    No map or navigation aids
     
  11. cammyg123 macrumors regular

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    If you are going for the most realistic flight simulator, my recommendation would be to use X-Plane. Of all the flight simulators I have used, it's been the best fit for me. Then again, that is just my opinion. Maybe the cons mean more than the pros to you, but for sheer flight simulation purposes? X-Plane is for sure my choice.
     
  12. Donka macrumors 68020

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    X-Plane 10 is my first experience with X-Plane but the lack of navigation aids is a real killer. I'm hopeful this is something that they will introduce. One other issue I have is the interface, if you want to engage autopilot, you need to reach up and use icons near the top of the screen obscuring your view and you will most likely need to take a hand off the iPad to do so, meaning you lose some stability/control as you do so. This is something Infinite Flight has nailed as they have icons down the left and right sides which are easy to reach with thumbs while holding the device two handed.
     
  13. brn2rnjk1 macrumors regular

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    If you have never flown, any suggestions on how to learn on infinite flight. Seems you need to know instrumentation etc from some manual first.

    Thansk
     
  14. Donka macrumors 68020

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    Check out the following. The tutorials for take off and landing are really helpful for new users.

    http://feedback.flyingdevstudio.com/knowledgebase
     

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