5 Simple things I wish X-plane 10 would improve on


I am a big fan of the X-plane 10 flight simulator.  However, there are many simple and complex features both visually and technically (such as ATC) that could be added to enhance X-plane 10.  Excellent airport addons and plugins are already available such as Real Terra Haze which can  greatly enhance ones playing experience in X-plane 10.    In this post I want to focus on 5 visual features that would enhance and do enhance its basic realism for the casual user.

  1.  Depth perception in X-plane 10 appears to be lacking especially in and around clouds.   In real life, when viewing an aircraft from the ground or from any exterior view, as it enters a cloud (s) the aircraft will disappear and emerge out the other side.  In X-plane 10 this does not occur but instead the aircraft is always kept in view despite it passing through clouds.  Not very realistic.
  2.  Contrails or vapor trails in X-plane 10 are not as visible and as bold as seen in real life.  In X-plane when viewing an aircraft from the ground in many cases vapor trails are not visible at all despite the aircraft altitude.  Contrails in X-plane 10 should be enhanced, brightened and even lengthened depending on the humidity and air temperature as occurs in real life.
  3.  Sun reflection on water doesn’t appear realistic but instead appears to be much too defined.   Many times it appears large and washed out. cessna_172sp_2
  4.  Types of Clouds and their height.    Cloud types in X-plane 10.41 have been improved since X-plane 10 was first released.  However, the height of clouds and various types of storm clouds such as Cumulonimbus clouds need to be improved and/or added to the sim.   In my opinion most clouds in X-plane 10 are still without great definition and appear as heavy fog or stratus layers even during a storm and in the distance.
  5.  Realistic atmospheric haze is not part of X-plane 10 by default but adding it creates yet another layer of visual realism.   Real Terra Haze (RTH) in conjunction with the plugin FlyWithLuia creates realistic looking atmospheric blue haze when flying over mountains and varied terrain.  These plugins can be added to X-plane 10 to give that necessary bluish realism (among other enhancements) we wanna-be pilots so enjoy seeing.

What visual enhancements would you like to see in a default copy of X-plane 10?


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Images from personal copy of X-plane 10.41 flight simulator

Revisiting a Flight Simulator: Jet Fighter II

1992 JetFighter II

Back in the day–the year 1992 to be exact– was a time when I was getting into flight simulators among other games for the computer.  If you had an early computer such as a Commodore 64, IBM 386 PC, Apple computer or other vintage machine you remember those days.  I remember playing one game in particular called Jetfighter II: Advanced Tactical Fighter.   At the time, I loved the smooth controls and clean ability to pilot the F-23.  Recently I have been able to relive the memory of flying this “great” sim using a DOS emulator called Dos Box.  With an emulator one has the ability to play old pc games, arcade games and games from older game consoles directly on a  Windows or OSX machine.  Who could imagine it, a game made for a 1992 or even 1982 computer all ready to go again on a current Windows 10 desktop!


I remember playing old games such as Jetfighter II  and thinking it was a great game although there was always the lingering question about when the graphics might improve to near photo-real.

Today in the age of PrePar3D and X-plane 10,  I think we can agree the graphics are finally getting better.

X-plane 10

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