October 1999 Issue

The IFR Game

Forget ELITE and On Top, X-Plane may represent the best deal in IFR computer sims, even if it is just a game.

Last month, we reviewed the three big name IFR flight sims, Aviation Teachware’s ELITE, ASA’s On Top and Jeppesen’s FlitePro. Among these, no hands down winner emerged, at least for buyers shopping for a sim program for IFR brush up.

Each had distinct advantages and disadvantages, depending on your budget, training preferences and hardware. Hearing some favorable comments about some impressive game programs—that’s right, games—we decided to take a look.

Despite being spring loaded to the dismissive position because of the “toy” connection, we came away convinced that, for some buyers, these are a solid, cost effective choice. You’ll need a heavy duty machine, however, including a...

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