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Infinite Flight Version 21.5 Available Now

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Mobile flight simulator, Infinite Flight, has released its newest update that brings additional 3D airports, additional free regions and also the A330-900neo.

The A330-900neo was developed by Airbus as the successor to the A330-300 and brought with it a new wing design, improved engines and other aerodynamics benefits that enabled it to be more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient. With the A330-300 already in Infinite Flight, it made sense for the developers to focus on this and bring another wide-body jet to the mobile sim. Version 21.5 of Infinite Flight brings the jet to the simulator with 17 liveries such as Air Belgium, Corsair, LionAir and TAP.

In addition to the new aircraft, Infinite Flight has expanded its 3D airports with 26 new ones added to the sim. These airports include Keflavik, Frankfurt Main, Manchester, Washington Dulles, Istanbul and many more. In total, 93 3D airports have been added to Infinite Flight. Flying to each of these airports is great, but having great scenery is a must to get the true experience. This is why version 21.5 includes a selection of new free regions for anyone to fly across. This means even if you don’t have a Pro subscription, you can discover solo flying over these great looking areas from your mobile device.

The full changelog for Infinite Flight 21.5 can be found below. Otherwise, you can check out the free version over on the App Store for iOS or on Google Play for Android. Be sure to check out the full blog post for a full rundown of all the new airports.

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Infinite Flight Adds 3D Buildings and New Cloud Layers with Version 21.1

Mobile flight simulation platform Infinite Flight has been updated to version 21.1 and now includes 3D buildings and all-new cloud layers. Described as their “most ambitious update ever,” those who use Infinite Flight can now get an even more immersive experience when whizzing around the world on their mobile device.

When Infinite Flight first released, there was a big focus on multiplayer and the ATC system. Now that the community is well established and that hardware is more powerful, the team started to focus on 3D objects in the simulator. This first iteration of adding 3D objects to the simulator sees airport buildings, jet bridges, vehicles and more to select airports in the world. The full list of those airports can be found on the Infinite Flight blog, but highlights include John F Kennedy (KJFK), Dubai International (OMDB), Cape Town International (CAPE), London Heathrow (EGLL) and Denver (KDEN). If your favourite airport isn’t listed, then the team will be revealing an airport builder soon to enable others to create custom airports to grow the number of 3D airports in the simulator.

Further to the 3D objects, Infinite Flight 21.1 also brings new cirrus cloud layers for the first time to the simulator. These clouds are user-controlled but react to atmospheric conditions such as winds aloft and light. This, again, is just the first iteration of clouds in the simulator.

Alongside these massive updates, Infinite Flight has added new ATC improvements along with new liveries for pilots to choose from.

Infinite Flight can be downloaded from the Google Play store and the App Store for iOS platforms. You can try some of the 3D buildings in the free regions if you want to see how they look on your hardware. More details can be found on their website.

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Navigraph FlightSim Community 2020 Survey Results Now Available

The results from the Navigraph FlightSim Community 2020 Survey has been released. The survey took place late last year and saw over 23,500 people respond to the survey answering a range of questions to help developers, publishers, media outlets and content creators better understand the community to continue creating great flight simulator related content. The results of that survey has been presented by Magnus from Navigraph and the data is available to read through the 121-page report.

In total, 119 questions were asked making it the most comprehensive survey of its kind. With the release of major updates and simulation platforms, 2020 was an interesting year for flight simulation. The survey also contained questions influenced by the world-wide pandemic and how COVID-19 was impacting people’s simulator habits and spending.

Navigraph has complied all of the data for the community to also understand the results of the survey. Let’s take a look at some of the data provided.

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Infinite Flight Adding 3D Buildings and Clouds

Mobile flight simulator Infinite Flight will add 3D buildings and clouds in the future. As a much-requested feature, the team at Infinite Flight continue to add new technology and assets to the mobile flight simulator as progress is made on the platform. Speaking in their 2020 Year in Review article, Infinite Flight made it clear that whilst 2020 was a challenging year for them (and wholeheartedly missed the in-person shows), they made great advances and progress with their core platform development.

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Before going into detail on the upcoming features, an infographic highlighting how popular the app has been over a year of lockdowns and stay at home orders has really been. Over 9 million online flight hours have been had by users, across 10.4 million online flights. In that time, 18,000 members of the community signed up, and over 1,100 community events took place in the platform. Whilst the community grew, Infinite Flight itself also saw 3 major app updated, 5 brand new aircraft builds and over 70 new or reworked liveries.

Whilst all of these improvements have been part of streamlining the app further, it has also meant the development team could focus on adding features such as 3D clouds and 3D buildings to the application. A short sneak-peek was shared in the Year in Review trailer showcasing some of the progress made on these core features. It’s still very much an unknown as to when these two popular items will be made available, but the team said that “the decision to show progress was not made lightly.”

As always, FSElite will continue to follow the development progress of Infinite Flight. You can check out the latest large update which saw the Boeing 777 reworked for the application to include a 3D cockpit. 

 

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Infinite Flight 20.2 Released

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Mobile flight simulator users who fly on Infinite Flight will be pleased to know that the platform has been updated to version 20.2. Whilst the numbering may only be incremental, the update itself is significant and adds a host of new features, quality of life improvements and completely reworked aircraft.

Starting with aircraft, the new update brings a major rework for the triple seven by making significant changes for various variants; the 777L/F/W to be precise. The new reworked aircraft means the sound pack is more realistic than before and the aircraft have fully functional animated Boeing cockpits all on your mobile device. Various liveries have also been updated to match their real-world counterparts.

Another primary element of the update comes in the form of a new drone camera for all aircraft. The drone camera can be used for both interior and exterior views and allow users to see their flight from unique angles. Furthermore, the update enables users to share flight plans, log in easier with their Infinite Flight community forum account and also new display information in the info bar to help users fly better.

The new updates and features are just the tip of the iceberg as there has been a huge number of bug fixes and improvements to aircraft, the map, multiplayer components and also performance optimisations.

Infinite Flight also features highly detailed documentation and support tools to enable anyone to get started and a bustling community to ask any question that you may have.

You can download Infinite Flight for both Android and iOS from their relevant stores.

Finally, you can read more about the update on the Infinite Flight blog.

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Infinite Flight Releases 20.1

Mobile flight simulator Infinite Flight has been updated to version 20.1. The brand new version of the flight sim includes the long-awaited B772 update, a complete rework of the B737 Cockpit and the global navigation data and instrument procedures. This means users can use real-world accurate SIDs and STARs, along with other procedures when flying on the flight simulator. The full blog post on the Infinite Flight website details everything, but we’ve summarised everything below.

The B772 is one of the most flown aircraft in Infinite Flight, but the aircraft was one of the first originally made for the sim. However, many wanted to have a brand new update which has now been created. This updated version of the 777-200ER includes animated cockpits, gear tilt, a functional APU and much more. Various liveries are also included such as KLM, British Airways and many more,

Whilst the 777 has seen a significant update, as has the 737. Now in the latest version, pilots can enjoy a fully reworked flight deck with working instruments including EICAS, PFD, Navigation Display, Flight Management Display for GPS monitoring, and so much more.

Alongside the changes to these aircraft is also Vertical Navigation (VNAV) integration. This is the first version of VNAV descent and will allow people to follow altitudes on the waypoints based on the new global navigation database. Speaking of the new database, version 20.1 will now enable pilots to fly true to life instrument procedures. Users without an Infinite Flight Pro subscription can still enjoy all of this data that fits within the region boundaries in solo mode.

You can learn much more about Infinite Flight on their website.

You can download the application for both iPhone and Android and get started today.

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Infinite Flight Version 20.1 Adding Instrument Procedures Support

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Mobile flight simulator Infinite Flight will be updated soon to version 20.1, which will add full Instrument Procedures. This means pilots will be able to perform real-world arrivals, approaches, or departure and also add it to their flight plans. This will be a global database of real-world nav data including all SIDs, STARs and approaches.

As with real-world procedures, pilots will be able to manually control set altitudes for waypoints and creating custom approaches. Furthermore, if you’re flying in the virtual online world on Infinite Flight with other friends and pilots, you can copy all waypoints and altitudes from the other pilot.

One of the most important features within Infinite Flight is direct integration and support with ForeFlight. You’ll be able to link up accounts and settings so you can visualise exactly the way you would in the cockpit. From manipulating procedures in your flight plan, removing waypoints and monitoring your instruments. The below video gives you an idea of how these functions will work.

Version 20.1 of Infinite Flight will be coming soon and all Infinite Flight Pro pilots will be able to enjoy all this worldwide navigation data at no extra cost. Pilots flying in solo mode will also have all data in the regions available to them with the app purchase.

You can find out more about Infinite Flight on their website. You can also read our overview of the platform here.

You can download the application for both iPhone and Android and get started today.

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Infinite Flight Developing Vulkan/Metal Implementation

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Vulkan and Metal are two popular buzzwords right now in the flight simulation space. With the promise of huge enhancements and performance improvements to platforms, it’s no wonder why the community are eager to see what the new technology will bring. Mobile flight simulator, Infinite Flight, is the simulator to confirm that development of integrating the technology is well underway. This huge development process is being titled Project Metal.

In a blog post via their website, backstory and what users can expect was shared. Currently, Infinite Flight uses OpenGL ES to run the engine behind the simulator. Whilst it has served the platform well for years, Apple now recommends using Metal. This recommendation means that there’s no telling for how long Apple will continue to support OpenGL ES, meaning that Infinite Flight must now develop using new technology or face future issues. This also means that Android users will also see an overhaul under-the-hood for their version to run with Vulkan.

“The only way for us to move forward is to overhaul our rendering backend to be able to take advantage of the newer graphics APIs (Metal on iOS and Vulkan on Android),” the blog post said.

The complex task requires a lot of work from the team without much immediate visual benefit to the user. However, as we’ve come to learn from Laminar Research’s updates, performance is where the true benefit of Vulkan/Metal lies. This improved performance means less processing overhead is required and means the developers can implement some new features. For example, dynamic lighting, improved aircraft shading and volumetric effects will all be possible thanks to harnessing additional resources from user’s devices.

It’s important to note that whilst the development of Project Metal is going, other work is still very much happening. Work on the previously announced B777-200 is moving along, along with the implementation of clouds.

You can read more about Project Metal on the Infinite Flight blog post.

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Infinite Flight Updated to Version 19.4 – Introducing the A350

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Mobile flight simulator Infinite Flight has released a significant update to the application that brings multiple improvements along with their most advanced aircraft yet: the Airbus A350.

The newest aircraft in the fleet represents many years of hard work from the team to bring realistic and interactive aircraft. Being the most requested aircraft by the community, the development team pulled out all the stops to give people an opportunity to fly the aircraft on the go.

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The aircraft features a fully animated glass cockpit, which includes active displays. The displays will show onboard information for areas such as the Primary Flight and Navigation display, engine/system display, radio management, and much more. The auto flight system control panel even reacts to your input from the virtual cockpit. In addition, the external animations and modelling now include tilted landing gear. In total 34 liveries are available including Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Finnair and SAS. A full list can be found on the Infinite Flight blog page.

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The other significant change with version 19.4 is the rework of the Cessna 172. A new 3D model, flight physics and live instruments are included in this update, along with a glass cockpit version with G1000 displays for those on the Pro subscription. Furthermore, you can now start the Cessna 172 from cold and dark, along with other procedures including mixture controls, fuel pumps and the use of magnetos. The update (excluding the glass displays) is free to all users.

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With the introduction of more complex and system rich aircraft, the team announced changes to their user interface a few weeks ago. Testing has since gone on and version 19.4 now includes this updated UI. More changes and improvements are expected to come going forward.

There are other updates and features in this new version, including changes to the map and the TBM cockpit. You can read up more about them on the Infinite Flight blog post.

If you want to find out more about Infinite Flight, you should check out their website. If you would like to pick up a copy for your mobile device, you can do so via both the Google Play Store (Android) and App Store (iOS).

In addition to the A350 and Cessna 172 updates, there has been other enhancements and improvements for the application including all of the following:

  • Added NDB/VOR Navigation
  • Added ability to tap airports in multiplayer page to go directly to spawn point selection
  • A320 instrument improvements (ECAM and Autopilot Panel)
  • A320 ARC/NAV mode
  • A320 liveries
  • iOS 13 support
  • Progressive braking on rudder pedal by tapping rudder control and sliding down
  • Stricter gate size restrictions online. Now adhering to actual restrictions
  • Improved live instruments performance
  • Reworked user authentication for Android; Logging in with Facebook and Google is smoother without the need to reenter credentials each time
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Infinite Flight 19.4 Video Wrap Up

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Infinite Flight has previewed in a Youtube video a wrap-up of what’s to come with their 19.4 update, which should be the last major update of 2019.

The first aircraft that is put forward is the total revamp of the Cessna 172. The video showcases the remodeling of the aircraft, with detailed animations such as landing gear bending, small details modeling, avionics rework, new night lighting and a new moving map system. Overall, while the C172 is a classic among the classics, Infinite Flight rendition is impressive, considering we are here on mobile devices. The Cessna 172 will have an option for both classic pins and noodles panel instrument and glass cockpit, with Infinite Flight custom rendition of the Garmin G1000.

The second and not the least of additions is the Airbus A350, which was previewed in-depth in October. Showcased in the video in moves inspired by manufacturers and airlines promotional videos, the Infinite Flight rendition is once again very impressive. The aircraft features a beautiful virtual cockpit, accurate external model and animations. It feels very immersive overall, and hard to believe all this is made for portable devices.

Infinite Flight 19.4 is expected during the month of December, hopefully before Christmas.

Infinite Flight is a simulator available on iOS and Android devices. It is available for a small initial fee of $4.99 but requires subscription to Infinite Flight Pro (from $9.99 monthly to $79.99 yearly) to unlock all features. This includes worldwide airport database with more than 25.000 airfields, dozens of aircraft, multiplayer, human ATC, weather and much more. If you do not own the simulator yet, you can visit their website for more information.

While waiting for the release you can also take a look at the following screenshots and the full video below.

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