December 2017 update is cleared for takeoff

We will soon be rolling out the much awaited end of year update that will bring a few brand new aircraft to the Infinite Flight Fleet, great new features, as well as many bug fixes and improvements.

This is our first major update since we released “Global” a couple months ago. It will start rolling out on Android over the next few hours while we go through Apple Store certification process. If all goes well it will be available for iOS in the next few days.

Without further ado, here is the changelist for this update:

  • Added MD-11/MD-11 Freighter, DC-10, DC-10 Freighter and KC-10 refueling tanker featuring many animated elements and HD textures
  • Greatly improved network code for smoother animations and more realistic formation flights
  • Added aerial refueling capabilities for fighter jets, several of the C-130s, VC-25, and tankers.
  • Added autopilot to fighter jets
  • Improved support for iPhone X
  • Many squashed bugs and small performance improvements

Be advised that this update requires updated servers so they might look a bit less busy while everyone transition to them.

Continue reading for more info about what changed.

New Aircraft

The new aircraft will be available to Pro subscribers only for the time being. If you have a valid Pro subscription you will be able to download all the new aircraft free of charge. This is a way for us to thank you for believing in our simulator and continuing to support its development by subscribing.

Network code

Our network code has been greatly improved in order to provide a much smoother experience when flying in formation even at high speeds. This is even more important when air refueling.
With pilots scattered all over the world, it becomes very hard to ensure that each aircraft is where it is supposed to be when you see it: by the time you receive the position of another pilot’s aircraft, his position already changed and could already 100 meters away depending on your speed and his. This causes issues when trying to synchronise a formation flight since you might see that you are very close to your wingman while he sees far away.
This update attempts to improve those cases which makes the multiplayer experience much more enjoyable.

iPhone X support

The iPhone X introduced a new form factor that caused some issues with our current UI.
There are actually 3 issues:

  • The screen now has rounded corners (much like the Galaxy S8)
  • The home button is replaced by a bar at the bottom of the sceen that you can swipe up
  • The aspect ratio is higher

Rounded corners caused issues with elements that are located in the corner of the screen. We had to implement a system where interactive elements are constrained to a “safe zone” so they do not get truncated by the edges of the devices.
The home bar at the bottom was dealt in a similar fashion where we constrained interactive elements to be at a certain distance from the bottom edge of the device.
New aspect ratio forced us to make some additional tweaks to our UI layout.

There are still a few issues that we will need to address in a future update and we haven’t had the time to apply those changes to the Galaxy S8 which can also benefits from this “safe zone” (the S8 has rounded corners), but for now it should greatly improve the experience on the new iPhone X and will allow us to better support future devices.

We hope you will enjoy the hard work our team put in this update.

Happy landings!

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Thank you so much FDS! Awesome work!

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Thank you so much Philippe!! You devs have done a heck of a job with this app!

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This is great. I will gladly continue to pay my 80 Euros for the subscription if you keep on rolling out updates this quickly! Thank you so much for all the impressive work!

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Nice job to the devs 👏

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Thank you so much FDS!! :)

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Sorry if this is in the wrong place,
How will the aerial refuelling work?
Looking forward to trying that thanks for all the work!

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The party just never stops:-) thanks a million

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You got an android? You’ll see in a few hours!

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Unfortunately I’m on Apple.
Well unfortunately, not really since I got global first!

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So is the update out? Cause im phone less and cant see! send vids to me if its out

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Thank you !!! We all love you, now take some well deserved holidays !

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Gonna contact to Mr. Cook to let the game roll out immediately ;p
Good job team!

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Great thanks! Really excited see you all continue the amazing work!

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Read the post, please.

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You guys released an entire globe only a few months ago. And to release another huge update in the amount of time you did is marvelous. Bravo! 👏

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A HUGE thank you to FDS for so much work and for making the best simulator everrr!!!

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Yes yes yes yes yes! The update we have wanted almost as much as global is here!

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All I want for Christmas is the New planes!!!

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This is just before my exams! It will help me relax. I’ll be on IF more than books!

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