X-Plane 12: Seaplanes and helicopters


Seaplanes have always had a sort of second-class treatment in X-Plane but with version 12, I’m starting to address that. We’ve got some professional seaplane pilots on the internal test team and they are really helping me get it all dialled in. And we have 3D water now, with the 3D rendering perfectly matching the actual wave height passed into the physics engine.

​X-Plane 12: Seaplanes and helicopters

How seaplanes work

So, here’s how seaplanes work. Everything I am about to explain is how real seaplanes work and is also simulated in X-Plane 12.

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