By Alan Mallows 991410
#528854 Hi Flyers,

I am about to upgrade my old iMac to a new one, and so I am addressing the possibility of moving to X Plane 11, and running it in OSX. Has anyone done this and are they willing to share their experience and opinions?

I am currently an FSX user, and I have a windows PC for that alone. I am very keen to get rid of both, but I have some specific requirements that may preclude this, or at least set a direction.

Firstly, I am a VFR Piper Warrior II flyer in Victoria, Australia, and I use FSX with Plan G and Active sky Next to plan and rehearse my flights. I also like to rehearse ATC calls when possible, but this is rare these days. So I need Australian scenery, including small airfields, mapping, flight planning and the ability of controlling the weather. Integration with my iPad EFB would be nice too.

I recognise that some of this may require me to run Windows on the iMac, and I would be willing to do this, but I'd prefer not to.

I have looked at the difference between the X Plane 11 recommended system requirements, and those of my chosen 27 inch iMac, and I find that the only difference is in the graphics card, and I don't know how much impact this may have on my X Plane experience. I have tried the demo in Windows and I found it sensational when compared with FSX, so it may be ok. Everything else I do with a computer is perfectly handled by the iMac.

This is an exciting journey and not something I've needed to start since the introduction of FSX all of those years ago.


By Richard Murphy 1302086
#528957 I've been an X-Plane user since v. 8 and I've always used it on an iMac. Version 11 has been a major upgrade and right now v. 11.3 is in beta and promises to deliver more advanced ATC options (among other things).

My current iMac is a late 2015 model running OSX Mojave, with a 4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 RAM and an AMD Radeon R9 M395X graphics card with 4 MB onboard RAM. I have my settings optimized for 30 fps but do get occasional mid-flight program crashes (very disappointing after all the preflight setup). This phenomenon started with the upgrade to v. 11.26 (the current released version) and I haven't been able to find the cause.

When you get your new iMac I'd advise loading it up with the fastest processor, max RAM, and fastest graphics card you can get. It looks like that is what I will have to do in order to keep up with the improvements in X-Plane v. 11.3.

Good luck and good flying!
By Alan Mallows 991410
#529086 Thanks for that. I will take your advice and await the next generation of iMacs, as they may offer better value than the current ones.

My upgrade project is moving slowly forward. I do however have some new issues to solve, since playing with the demo version of XP 11:

I attempted a scenery conversion process using some of my extensive Australian scenery and the process resulted in a huge window of hieroglyphics and when I tried to fly again XP11 just crashed to the desktop. what did I do wrong?

I am trying to replicate what I've been doing in FSX, which is to manually enter a VFR flight plan into Plan G, export it to FSX, which lets me load it into the GPS and then I go flying, with the GPS showing the way and Plan G showing my track. I've tried exporting the plan to .FMS but my version of XP11 appears to have nothing to do with this format, and only accepts .fpl, .fdr and .rep. How does one make files in these formats?