Infinite Flight has shipped its second update of 2019, and with it comes the replacement of one of the oldest aircraft in the fleet. The mobile flight simulator’s first taildragger was the Super Decathlon; an old model with no animations and no cockpit. Since then, the app and the technology available to run it have come a long way. 19.2 takes advantage of this to introduce the Decathlon’s replacement; XCub. This taildragger doesn’t just come with a new paint job and flight model. It’s bringing a functional glass cockpit with it.
Infinite Flight’s general aviation fleet has received a major upgrade with the addition of the XCub. This taildragger replaces an aircraft that came with the app purchase (no subscription required), so existing users that do not have an Infinite Flight Pro subscription will still be able to enjoy some tailwheel flying. The steam gauge version will ship for free to all users and will include a selection of liveries. Pro subscribers will enjoy the same, with the addition of an extra selection of liveries and, for the first time, a functional glass cockpit.
Functional Glass Instruments & Switches
An exciting addition to Infinite Flight with 19.2 is working glass displays and switches. In 2018, the first working gauges were released with the A-10. This provided the groundwork for the same in the XCub. Now, Infinite Flight has laid the same groundwork for other aircraft and working screens.
As a start, XCub will come with two variants; glass and steam gauges. Garmin G5 and G3x Touch screens are included with the glass version. The steam version will include the CGR30P for engine instruments and the Garmin 796 for the GPS. All of these screens are first iterations; some with limited features and functionality. Infinite Flight plans to add functionality in future versions of the app and as devices become more powerful.
EAA 50th Anniversary Livery
Along with some exciting standard and custom color schemes, XCub will also ship with a special edition EAA 50th Anniversary livery! As official AirVenture 2019 exhibitors, Infinite Flight will host an in-app XCubs2Oshkosh event where any Infinite Flight user will be able to simulate the infamous approach into Oshkosh. In addition to the XCub, the B747-200 will also include a new retro EAA/747 anniversary livery to commemorate both the 50th anniversary of the 747 and its presence at AirVenture 2019.
Progressive Taxi for ATC
Infinite Flight controllers now have the ability to issue progressive taxi instructions for tower and ground facilities. This allows the controllers to provide more specific taxi instructions to avoid conflict and issue specific routing. New commands include, “turn left next taxiway”, “follow the aircraft ahead”, and more.
Flight Plan Improvements
The devil is in the details, and filing and manipulating your flight plan just became a little bit easier. The flight planning map interface now allows users to move a bottom-most waypoint to the top simply by tapping the “down” button one more time. In addition, tapping and holding the up or down arrows will move a waypoint to the top or bottom of the list.
Other Improvements & Fixes
19.2 also includes the following additions and fixes:
- New server welcome message to encourage rule-following and remind users which server they have selected
- Return of camera shake in cockpit view
- Update to APPR mode for smoother interception of the glide slope. When enabling APPR, the aircraft will maintain the current VS/ALT until it intercepts the glide slope if under it. When disengaging APPR, the VS will set to the current VS to prevent the plane from diving.
- Low-power mode now only activates in the air if HDG/VS/SPD autopilot settings are enabled
- Quality settings introduced in v19.1 reverted back to Low/Medium/High to allow more flexibility based on device performance
- Fixed zoom on ATC camera
- Fixed A380: No more gaping hole in the cockpit
- Added various takeoff clearances to ATC shortcuts
- ATC log now shows last coms and changed frequencies
- ATC can now choose to display aircraft trails on the radar which will help better monitor flight paths
- ATC will now be able to instruct aircraft to fly straight out on departure until reaching a specific altitude
- Added an on-screen message to indicate when pilots have been auto-tuned to a frequency (such as ATIS when starting a flight)