What are the best flight sims for iPhone or iPad?

Fulfill your dream of becoming a pilot with these flight simulators! These apps will allow you to take a virtual plane and soar the heaves without having to acquire a license. We present to you a list of some of the best flight sims for iPhone or iPad available right now.

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    #1Infinite Flight

    Infinite Flight

    Infinite Flight is a virtual flight simulation app that features accurate satellite imagery, a measure of topography, and other airport technicalities, including dozens of aircraft.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $4.99- with in-app purchases

    Amanda Ryan
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "This new global update brought with it few bugs and lags. I understand that a major update like this will surely leave some bugs behind. But i think you have rolled out this global update too early and have not fully optimized the sim? I was reading some negative reviews and am sad to hear that people are being so rude to you instead of encouraging you. But what about the lags and "slow motion" gameplay that i am facing? Or will i have to wait for further updates. Also i want to give a little advise to you. Why don't you keep both versions of IF at play store and let us choose what to install? In this way, the ones who are "
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    #2Rc Plane 2

    Rc Plane 2

    The Rc Plane 2 is an iPhone and iPad 3D flight simulator that aims to give users the experience to try and pilot 17 planes in 6 unique new game modes. It also has training lessons.

    Games

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Carl Richardson
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "I must say one of the realistic flight simulators for iOS. Other sims tend to have a limited choice of planes to choose from but this has more than 10 planes to choose from. The graphics are fully optimized for ipad screens, basically for screens bigger than the usual smartphone."
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    #3Aerofly FS 2

    Aerofly FS 2

    Fully functional for iOS devices including iPhone and iPad, the Aerofly FS 2 is a flight simulator that features 3D technology and more than 7 aircraft which users can choose from.

    Games

    iOS

    $1.99- with in-app purchases

    Harold Guerrero
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "In terms of graphics, Aerofly seems to be at par on the previous flight sims for iPhone that I have tried. However, it took me some getting used to when I started using this as a lot of option commonly found on airplane sims are missing like weather measure, starting position, and flight planning. But yeah, still a commendable one!"

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

Flight sim is the shorter term for flight simulator. It is a device the mimics the actual environment a pilot faces when flying a plane. Aviation students often use flight simulators during training as it uses the exact equations that govern actual plane flights. Apart from training pilots, flight sims are also used in aircraft development and research. Aerospace manufacturers use it to develop and test flight hardware, software, and aircraft systems. This technology is a safer and more cost-effective way to practice aviation.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that people can actually learn how to fly planes using flight simulator games? In 2018, a 28-year-old man named Richard B. Russell hopped on a 76-seat passenger plane and successfully flew it out of the airport. Ground control tried to communicate with Russell while he was out on the lose. He later revealed to them that he learned the skill through flight simulator games.

Despite this, many aviation professionals would still recommend flying lessons over airplane games. Even though the controls and the equations in flight games mimic the real thing, it doesn't cover all the factors that may affect a flight. Budding pilots may be thrown off by the vibration, noise, and wind effects in an actual plane flight. Not to mention that there are higher stakes in real flying as opposed to flight simulators. Nonetheless this doesn't mean that you can't take the fun out of the experience. Many gaming consoles have their own flight simulator controllers for a more realistic touch. Much like anything, however, it's better to be safe than sorry. While flight simulators can give you an idea on how to pilot planes, it's still better to get actual lessons. 

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    #4Air Navy Fighters

    Air Navy Fighters

    Air Navy Fighters is where airplane simulation and combat action meet. This flight sim app involves different missions one can take and comprehensive online tutorials for flying.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $4.99

    Steven Nguyen
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "For newbies like me, one of the hardest parts of using this flight sim is learning its control. I mean it has A LOT of controls technically. Thank goodness for the training and comprehensive intro of aircraft controls."
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    #5Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator

    Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator

    Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator offers users thrilling exhibitions and aerobatics through its airshow feature that also lets them maneuver planes the way they want to.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, iOS

    Free

    Ann Hanson
    Written on July 6, 2018
    "Oh nooo! I hope the developers also include free flight into the free mode of this game ;_; It's such a great game with fluid controls and beautiful graphics. If you're into flight simulation then I'm sure you'll love this game"
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    #6X-Plane 10 Flight Simulator

    X-Plane 10 Flight Simulator

    X-Plane 10 Flight Simulator is a flight simulator that is accessible through different platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. It includes Internet multiplayer, combat missions, emergency scenarios, tutorials, and more.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Thames Chawalwit
    Written on August 20, 2018
    "Detailed cockpit, ALL functionality cockpit,FREE."
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    #7Take Off

    Take Off

    Developed by astragon Entertainment GmbH, the Take Off is an airplane simulation app that provides users more than 20 planes to choose from. It also features missions ranging from simple to rescue operations in 3D.

    Games

    iOS

    $0.99- with in-app purchases

    Anthony Howell
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "Who doesn't like flight sims. Good number of craft and a variety of missions. I wonder if it also have small planes. But, if it needs a constant internet connection that it might be a waste of time."
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    #8Absolute RC Plane Sim

    Absolute RC Plane Sim

    Absolute RC Plane Sim is a flight simulator that includes RC drones, boats, and cars, in addition to simulation of RC planes and helicopters. It also features modelers for practice.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ramiro Ríos
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "I love this game; it's a ton of fun. Even my phone from last year can run it with no problems, and it offers a lot of different things to drive or fly around. I play it on the bus to and from work, and it doesn't mess up my music so I can listen to my tunes while the game runs. It's great, give it a try! Only thing; I wish there were more places to fly around in, for some variety."
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    #9Airplane Pilot Flight Simulator

    Airplane Pilot Flight Simulator

    Airplane Pilot Flight Simulator is a free flight simulation game for iOS devices. The game was developed i6 media limited and it is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    Games

    iOS

    Free

    Sofía Esparza
    Written on July 6, 2018
    "The best thing about this game is definitely the graphics. I love the realistic look of the cockpit. The worst thing about it are the controls. the plane can be a bit difficult to control sometimes. "
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    #10Flight 787

    Flight 787

    Flight 787 is a free flight simulation game for iOS devices. The game was developed by idris Celik. Flight 787 is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and it is rated for users aged 4 and above.

    Games

    iOS

    Free

    Saanvi Yadav
    Written on July 6, 2018
    "One of the best of this kinds of game out there. I hope the developers add more unique and interesting scenarios into the game like crash landings, etc. There's definitely a lot more that can be improved in this game."
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    #11Fly Plane

    Fly Plane

    Fly Plane is free flight simulation game for iOS devices. It was developed by 16 media limited and it is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Fly Plane can be played by users aged 4 and above.

    Games

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jesse Banks
    Written on July 6, 2018
    "Great game though not necessarily anythng special. It has everything you'll need for a flight simulator but don't expect anything too fancy or interesting."

Summary

Best What are the best flight sims for iPhone or iPad
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Infinite FlightGames 12 Paid
2Rc Plane 2Games 4 Free
3Aerofly FS 2Games 4 Paid
4Air Navy FightersGames 3 Paid
5Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight SimulatorGames 3 Free
6X-Plane 10 Flight SimulatorGames 2 Free
7Take OffGames 1 Paid
8Absolute RC Plane SimGames -1 Free
9Airplane Pilot Flight SimulatorGames -3 Free
10Flight 787Games -4 Free
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