A ton of new stuff came out yesterday! Everything shipped! Here’s a summary…

X-Plane 10.40 Is Final

X-Plane 10.40 is now the official release of X-Plane, for all users. This includes Steam users!  X-Plane 10.40 features hundreds of new 3-d airports, extended visibility with faster DSF loading, and just a ton of new features. Here’s a short summary of what’s new if you haven’t been in the beta. Here’s a really long summary.

Two gotchas:

  • Windows 10 users – if you let X-Plane auto-update and it fails with “Permission Denied”, you can work around this by running the X-Plane Installer directly (with X-Plane not running) and update X-Plane directly.  Once you have 10.40, the next auto-update should work.
  • We have a handful of bug fixes that didn’t make 10.40 final – they’ll be in a 10.41 patch later this week or early next week.

Control Pad – Control X-Plane From Your iPad

Control Pad is a remote instructor’s station app for iPad and iPhone. You can set up and modify your flight without exiting the cockpit; it’s great for training.

Control Pad is free and works with X-Plane 10.40.

X-Plane 10 Mobile for Android

X-Plane 10 Mobile is now available for Android in the Google Play Store. This is the same modern X-Plane 10 Mobile that we shipped for iPhone/iPad last year.  The app is free to fly, with in-app purchase of additional aircraft. Like X-Plane 10 Mobile for iOS, every plane features a custom working 3-d cockpit. More details here.

The Android release features new liveries available for free that are not yet available on iOS – those liveries are coming to iPhone shortly; the plan is to have the same features on iOS and Android, just like we have the same features in X-Plane 10 Global on Mac, Windows and Linux.

(The religious wars over smart phone operating systems are even more crazy than Mac vs Windows. It will be interesting to compare sales of the two mobile operating systems – this is the first time we’ve truly had the same product on both operating systems for an Apples to Apples comparison.)

About Ben Supnik

Ben is a software engineer who works on X-Plane; he spends most of his days drinking coffee and swearing at the computer -- sometimes at the same time.

21 comments on “Yesterday We Released a Lot of Stuff

    1. A bold prediction! I’d like to take the “over” (e.g. Android exceeds 15% of sales)…can we put a bet on this? 🙂

      (There should probably be a company policy against me betting on the sales of our products but until then…)

      1. Hello Ben, I noticed this similarity that actually release Prepar 3D v3 and X-Plane 10.40 held at the same time :), but also interesting to hear the patch after the release of X-Plane 10.41 (the other day), which Vazha further innovations can be buduyuschih version of X -Plane 10?

  1. Something I’ve been wondering. Is there any way to bring the planes only on the mobile version to the desktop?

    1. It depends on the aircraft – some will come to desktop some day, some are from desktop originally, and for some we only have IP rights from the original artist for mobile.

    1. The next updates will probably be smaller — 10.41 for bug fixes, maybe a 10.45 for new airports. We do have some cool new stuff still in the pipeline though…

  2. Ben, yesterday I filed a bug report but didn’t receive any confirmation yet.
    Does it mean I have to file the bug again?

  3. Dear Ben,

    First I really like the Control Pad app. However, it seems to be stuck now with the following message:
    52.68% done updating airport and NAVAIDs from X-Plane (Currently receiving airports I already know about). Fair enough but it has now had the message for more than two hours and is not changing. X-Plane is running OK and the App is connected and can be used. Everything seems fine except the message at the top.
    Would be grateful for any advice.

    Thanks very much.


  4. Ben, what would be really cool for 10.45, if you can’t get the AI to *really* work (i.e. climb according to ATC, not crash land ect.), is to have a checkbox to MUTE AI traffic on the ITC… that way you could enjoy spotting a plane once in a while WITHOUT constant congestion of the ATC due to AI not able to follow the instructions…

    1. Because, 10.40 is so great for heavy metal flying, having some traffic is the ONLY thing missing now… but I just can’t put up with the current state. When you’re missing your approach because the ATC was too busy talking to retarded AI pilots and simply didn’t get through to you…

  5. Ben,
    Amazing work. I have two android tablets running in my setup FMC / Android to X-plane / Naviator…

    My question is: Will the control app have an android counterpart?

    1. Honestly…I think the probability of an Android port of Control Pad is low. Development of ports to Android are surprisingly expensive in terms of engineering time. Android simply doesn’t have as good tools for _native_ application development as iOS does, and the variation in devices and the plethora of old operating systems in the field makes an Android beta significantly trickier too.

  6. Complements to Control Pad. I was surprised at the 1GB download, but I guess its got a mini world map built in.

    But now I’ve spent an entire afternoon playing with the weather in realtime – it is so much fun blowing the light aircraft off the runway during taxiing, and taking off like a kite in the Cirus C4.


    What’s the plan for releasing updates of the airports from the Gateway?
    Could you constantly update them on every beta release? I believe the snapshot from the gateway was from the first public release of 10.40 beta, not of the date of the final release.

    1. We will bring gateway airports into early betas of major patches, and do smaller releases to get gateway airports out as well.

      We are not going to put gateway airports into bug fix releases (e.g. critical crash fixes after a major release) because our goal on these is stability.

      We are not going to put gateway airports into late betas for similar reasons.

      Anyway, we’ll look at the next gateway snapshot as soon as 1040 is stable.

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