There’s something inherently beautiful about receiving an email simply stating “Put on site please/”, just like that, typo included. According to the press release accompanying said mail, X-Plane 10: Global Edition “is the culmination of twenty years of continuous development and one of the best known brands of its genre.” Even though I have no interest in flight sims that aren’t set in space and filled with lasers, I think the above quote means that you should play this game. Head beyond the jump for more info and more images of planes and things.

Promising such things as “the future of flight simulation” and “unlimited flexibility in how it can be set up” and “virtual wind tunnels” (!), X-Plane 10: Global Edition is supposedly so realistic that it’s Federal Aviation Administration-approved as a certified training tool. Rather than writing out a list of things that you may or may not read in a lengthily detailed paragraph, I’ll post a set of bullet points graciously provided by the press release:

•    Super accurate flight characteristics using a virtual wind tunnel
•    Includes 30 aircraft, from gliders to the Space Shuttle
•    Online flying with other virtual pilots
•    Air Traffic Control actually controls the other aircraft around you
•    Detailed terrain for the whole world including very accurate altitude data
•    ‘Plausible World’ auto-generated scenery that includes almost every road
•    New rendering engine with innovative global lighting system (first for flight simulation)
•    Totally flexible and extendable with thousands of existing add-ons (and many more to come)
•    This Global Edition includes highly detailed scenery for Nice (LFMN), Paderborn-Lippstadt (EDLP) and Faro (LPFR) and many other custom scenery additions.

From the sounds of things, wannabe pilots and flight-sim junkies will definitely want to keep an eye on this one, which is due for release on March 16th for PC, Mac and Linux. And because I suddenly feel a strange, incredible longing for Firefly, I’m going to leave this here: I’m a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.

Now, as promised, here are some more images.