Being new to a simulator can be an overwhelming experience when it comes to acquiring addons. Therefore, each month we’ll poll the community for their favorite addons in flight simulation. Lasts month poll focused on the Top 5 plugins for Prepar3D. This time we asked the community to pick their favorite plugins for X-Plane 11 and these are the top 5 choices.
Before getting into the main top 5 we want to do some honorable mentions from the poll. The first two will be the runner ups from the 10 main categories and the last one is the most popular from our “Other” category. This option was put in place so the community could still vote if their favorite was not in our original list.
Ground Handling Deluxe – 162 Votes
First runner up is Ground handling deluxe by JarDesign with 162 votes. This plugin is basically the GSX of X-Plane 11. It provides animated cargo loading, fuel trucks, and many other vehicles to your aircraft. Everything is easily controlled through a simple menu that allows for these vehicles to be quickly added or removed.
xEnviro – 151 Votes
Next is X-Enviro with 151 votes. This plugin enhances many weather aspects in the sim including lighting effects, physics, cloud rendering and so much more. Check out the full list of features on the Xenviro website here.
xVison – 25 Votes
Lastly, selected from our “other” category is X-Vison with 25 votes. X-Vison allows you to control shaders for water, clouds, lighting, atmosphere and terrain. With this plugin you can customize the lighting to look just the way you want. You can come up with your own presets or use the ones provided with X-Vison. Either way this will have your sim looking fantastic!
#5 X-Camera – 206 Votes
Number 5 coming in at 206 votes is X-Camera by Stick and Rudder Studios. As a flight sim video producer this is one of my favorite plugins. X-Camera is what makes the cinematic filming possible. It also allows you to save as many views as you want inside and outside of the aircraft. You can then easily come back to these views at any time. If you don’t feel like making your own views, there are plenty of sets shared for each aircraft.
X-Camera is free to download and try. However, in order for your settings and views to save you will need to purchase a license for $15 USD. It’s a tool that’s well worth the price and something you’ll find yourself using for each and every flight.