Category Archives: Development

WorldEditor 1.6 – First Public Beta

WED 1.6 public beta 1 is out!  As Jennifer wrote: The first version of WorldEditor that is compatible with X-Plane 11 is now available! WED 1.6 features: Service vehicle parking, destinations, and routes Better validation, including a text document of errors Additional … Continue reading

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X-Plane 11.00 Public Beta 6 Is Out

A few big bug fixes in this beta: Framerate should be back to where it was in beta 3.  Betas 4/5 were not deleting smoke particles, so over time the total number of particles in the world would grow indefinitely, … Continue reading

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What Won’t Run On NVidia Drivers and Rhymes With “Rate a Four”

If you guessed “X-Plane 11.00 public beta four”, you are right. 🙁  I screwed up the shaders, and they work on AMD cards and OS X but not NVidia cards. So: public beta three is the official public beta again, and we’ll … Continue reading

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X-Plane 11 Propeller Modeling

OK the new engine modeling for X-Plane 11 is great, but what good is an engine to us pilots without a propeller? X-Plane has historically done an excellent job of estimating the THRUST of propellers, typically to within just a … Continue reading

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Jet engine modeling in X-Plane 11

OK I overhauled and upgraded the jet engine model as well. Here is how it works: For SUBSONIC dynamics, I curve fit maximum engine thrust ratio to static max thrust as a function of density altitude, Mach number, and engine … Continue reading

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Flight Model Improvements Done for X-Plane 11.00

Thanks to a few hundred hours of flight experience in my Lancair Evolution so far, I am really improving the flight model in X-Plane in the area of PT-6 engines, electrical, and pressurization systems! And, while in the systems code, … Continue reading

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X-Plane Mobile 10.4 – Start the 737

Chris just released X-Plane 10.4 for mobile today, and it’s got something pretty cool that we’ve been working on for a while: complete interaction with the 3-d cockpit! I worked on the original X-Plane app for the original iPhone with Austin years ago, and … Continue reading

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It Is Too Soon To Update Your X-Plane 10 Add-On To V11

The title says it all: it’s too soon to update your add-on to X-Plane 11. Here is why: if your add-on does not work with X-Plane 11, you (and we) do not know if this is because of an intentional removal … Continue reading

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Physically Based Rendering Is Always On

In X-Plane 11, the new lighting and material model, which uses Physically Based Rendering, is always on. Even at the lowest settings! In X-Plane 9, 10 and 11, we have introduced major changes to the lighting model at new versions, so … Continue reading

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You Don’t Need to Reinstall X-Plane to Fix It

I have seen this in the forums: Tried X-Plane 11, ____ was wrong with it. Reinstalled and it [did/did not] fix it You almost never need to reinstall X-Plane to fix these kinds of things. In particular, if you haven’t installed an add-on, … Continue reading

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