Flying Project Airbus’s A380 in Microsoft Flight Simulator is a lot fun. However, I have an iMac and to get the full power of the processor, I have to boot into Windows. Not very convenient for multi-tasking on long flights. Which is another reason why I started taking another look at X-Plane. X-Plane lets me run in my native Mac OS X environment without reboots and I can run it with some pretty high graphics settings (unlike MSFS in the virtual environment using Fusion).
Being that the recent release of the Project Airbus A380 is still at the top of my mind, I thought I would add an A380 to my X-Plane hangar (which is a little barren at the moment). After searching the web, I found one. While originally developed for X-Plane 8.40, comments on the download seemed favorable and recent. <available here> So I downloaded it and have to say that it is quite nice. A Project Airbus A380 it ain’t, but for X-Plane, it is good enough to enjoy, especially since it has a custom panel and cockpit views.
Flying this baby up the Columbia River Gorge after leaving Portland (KPDX), was an experience like no other. X-Planes rendering settings were cranked, I was flying low and relatively slow (for an A380) and that water looked oh so refreshing. The vacation of a lifetime!