Saturday, December 20, 2014

Infinite Flight Live Events

As most of you have heard, we've been organizing weekly events on Infinite Flight Live. The success of those events has been tremendous! Yesterday's fly-in was by far the most attended and we would like to thank all of you who joined us, our package delivery mission has been accomplished!

Traffic in Southern California on Dec 19th
Now that it's over, we'd love to know what you guys thought about the event. Did you enjoy it? Was it too crowded? What could we do to make those events even more awesome? Do you have other event ideas?

Quick note on performance, some of you might have experienced lags and crashes. Our recommendation for the next one is to adjust your settings to the minimum, and restart your device before you join Live to make sure it's fresh and all its memory is available for Infinite Flight to use.

On other news, the Infinite Flight Fan Group is organizing a Delta Fly-In today, you can find out more details about it by heading over to their Facebook page.

We love seeing those community events pop up in Live. We've seen C-17 Group Flights, A-10 Formations, A380 Formation Flights, Airline Gatherings, Escort Missions, and more!
We encourage you guys to take ownership of this virtual world, make it your own, organize events, patrols, fly-ins, formation flights and anything you can think of. Post reminders on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to make sure you get as many attendees as possible.
Remember also to send us your feedback about what what you'd like to see next in Live. We want to make this big, and we're planning things that will make it so.

Here are some pictures of those events, courtesy of the members of our community:

Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter more news about what's coming next. You've already heard the sounds, and we've got many awesome things in the development pipeline. Things we'll be able to show you guys very soon. Stay tuned, and thank you for your continued support!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Latest Infinite Flight update is now available on Android (iOS coming soon)

We are pleased to announce the release of a fresh new update for your favorite mobile flight simulator!

This new release brings a lot of new content (new 747s + improved airport layouts) as well as many smaller features and various improvement:

• Added 747-400 (FREE), 747-8i/f (Paid) 747-200 (Paid), Air Force One (Paid), NASA Shuttle Carrier (Paid), SOFIA Telescope (FREE with 20+ purchases)
• New airport layout at KSFO, KHAF, KNUQ, KSCK
• Added Anti Aliasing support for more devices (NVIDIA Tegra based devices)
• Fixed Android 5.0 crash
• Performance optimizations

We also significantly improved the experience in Infinite Flight Live:

• Added user reporting. Those with too many reports will be ghosted (temporarily rendered invisible)
• Active/Inactive runway helpers (Virtual fences, runway ID coloring, etc...)
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

As always, don't forget to update your reviews and ratings in your App Store and feel free to contact us if you encounter any issues.

Happy Landings!

Friday, November 14, 2014

POTUS has landed!

Don't forget our Friday Flight Night event today! If you missed the 8:30PM GMT event (for European pilots) you can still join for the 8:30PM PST edition. More details here.

Below are a few shots of yet another version of the 747 we will release as part of our next update. Enjoy :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Queen of the Skies, Part 3 & Upcoming Infinite Flight Live Improvements

We have a lot to talk about today!

First of all, we wanted to remind you that David from our team will host another official "Fly In" event today. The event will have 2 times to accomodate our fans that are on different timezone. More details here. Also don't forget to subscribe to our reddit community to post event pics, share your flying experience or manage your virtual airlines.

The second thing we wanted to mention, is the upcoming improvements that are coming to Infinite Flight Live.
Since launch, there have been issues with pilots not following the rules (not waiting for their turn to takeoff, taking off from the wrong side of the runway, not using ATC properly, etc). We believe that part of those issues are due to the lack of clear instructions and proper signage to help novice pilots follow the correct procedures (if you are a novice pilot, we strongly suggest that you take a look at the Infinite Flight Live Introduction video on our YouTube channel).

Below are a few tweaks that we have been working on to improve runway condition visibility:

Runways are now colored according to their current usage restrictions. Also added METAR information at the top.
Added "virtual fence" at runway entrances that shouldn't be used for takeoff 

Another source of frustration comes from pilots who will disregard the rules no matter the consequences. We could ban those users but it means that pilots who just want to have fun can't enjoy Infinite Flight Live. We spent a lot of time reading all of the ideas that we received to improve the situation, and we believe we have found a good solution that should please the most dedicated pilots as well as the ones who want to be free to fly the way they want.

In a future release, we will introduce a way to report a specific user; if that user is being reported by enough people during a short amount of time (TBD), the reported user will be temporarily "ghosted". Instead of being banned from connecting to Infinite Flight Live, a "ghosted" user will simply be invisible to all other pilots. This also means that any ATC communication from that user will be ignored. "Ghosted" users won't be able to see each other, they can only see (and learn from) the pilots who follow procedures. "Ghosting" will also be applied to pilots receiving many violations during a short period of time.
The specifics of this new feature are not yet final and we might only activate this new functionality on advanced servers, but we believe this should dramatically improve the experience for all.

Lastly, as we mentioned last week, we have much more of the 747 to show. We decided to add many variant for you to enjoy and today we are showing 1 more... hope you are as excited as we are to fly this one:

Happy Landings!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Queen of the Skies, Part 2

First of all, if you haven't already, go subscribe to our reddit community, there is a bunch of Infinite Flight Live events happening there. Feel free to post your best shots as well as tutorials and stories from your experience with Infinite Flight.

Speaking of events, David from our team is hosting a recurring Infinite Flight Live fly-in on fridays (same as last week). There are now 2 times for this event: 12:30PM PST (for european pilots) and 6:30PM PST (for US pilots). Regardless of where you are from, you are welcome to join both :) Check out the official event post for full details.

For those of you who want to learn more about Infinite Flight Live, we created a tutorial video on our YouTube channel that should help you get started and learn about how to properly interact with others. We also have a couple other tutorials to improve your takeoff and landing skills.

As you saw last week, we are revamping the 747 available in Infinite Flight. We are actually doing a lot more and adding many new models of the 747; one of them is ready for a test flight:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Queen of the Skies

A few cool things to share before the weekend :)

• David from our team is organizing an Infinite Flight Live event tonight at 6PM PST. Check out the event thread on our reddit community and join in the fun! Use the event thread to comment and post pictures of the event!

• iOS users: we are still waiting on Apple to approve the hotfix we sent last week to address the orientation issue happening with iOS 8.1. In the meantime, refer to the previous post for a workaround.

• Below is a sneak peek at what we have been working on (and there is much more coming). It has been long overdue, but we are confident it was worth it! Let us know what you think in the comments :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Launching Infinite Flight Reddit Community

We actually have 2 things to talk about today:

Let's start with the less pleasant one. We recently noticed that the last iOS version that is being released today (8.1) doesn't play well with Infinite Flight: if you launch the simulator when your device is in portrait, Infinite Flight screen will appear cropped. We already sent to Apple a hotfix to address this issue last week, and we hope it will be accepted by the end of this week. In the meantime you have 2 options:
- Wait until we the hotfix is accepted by Apple before upgrading to iOS 8.1
- When launching Infinite Flight, press the home button and then come back to the simulator. The screen should have the proper orientation (avoid rotating your device).
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and we will let you know as soon as our hotfix has been accepted.

Now on to more interesting stuff :) Today we are officially launching Infinite Flight Reddit community.

During the past few months, we experimented with different options for our growing community to connect and share their experience with fellow pilots. You already know about our facebook and Google+ page; however those aren't ideal to encourage quality content. There are many advantages to having our community on Reddit (voting system, user curated content, highly customizable, integrated wiki, easy signup process, etc...) and we can't wait to see some of the great content you guys will share on there.
We have selected (from our most loyal fans) a handful of amazing moderators to help with the community and improve it down the road. Official Infinite Flight Live events will also be posted there on a regular basis.

To always be in touch with our great community, there are some great official and unofficial apps available out there to make for a great reddit experience:
- iOS: we highly recommend Alien Blue, it is the official reddit app for iOS devices and so far the best.
- Android: Reddit is Fun, BaconReader, Reddit News
- Desktop: checkout the RES extension

Happy landings!

Monday, October 13, 2014

iOS hotfix and a sneak peek at what we are working on

Today we released a hotfix for the iOS version of Infinite Flight. It includes a fix for the crashes some of you have been experiencing, especially when flying in Infinite Flight Live. It should be a lot more stable now on all devices. If you are still experiencing random crashes, remember to lower your quality settings and also try restarting your device.
We also included proper support for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in order to take advantage of their increased screen resolution.

Last weekend, the Infinite Flight development team took a field trip to work on something you have been asking for a long time: new (better) sounds. We hired a sound professional who has a lot of experience recording aircraft and we are working with him to dramatically improve our engine sounds. Below is a sneak peek at a (long) recording session to capture sounds for piston engine aircraft.

We can't wait for you guys to enjoy those new sounds in Infinite Flight.

Happy landings!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Infinite Flight Live landing on iOS

As some of you already know we just launched our latest update on iOS. This new update, already available to Android users, includes some cool new features:

• Introducing Infinite Flight Live, our new multiplayer experience for Infinite Flight (requires monthly or yearly subscription)
• Added Cessna Citation X with Night Cockpit (requires in-app purchase, included with yearly Infinite Flight Live subscription)
• Improved water rendering with reflections and animated waves
• Taxiway Lines (at the most popular airports)
• HUD is now visible in the Virtual Cockpit
• Added new advanced settings to tweak graphic options (use at your own risk)
• Improved map performance

About Infinite Flight Live, we encountered some server issues in the first few hours of the iOS release and we have been hard at work to fix them. In order to improve your experience, we already upgraded our database as well as performed a few optimizations in our server software; things should already be better at this point. That being said we are not done yet; we will continue improving the reliability of Infinite Flight Live and start adding more cool features when things settle down. In the mean time, if you find an issue, send us an email and we will do our very best to help you as soon as possible.

Happy Landings!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Upcoming Infinite Flight Live improvements

It has already been a week since we started to roll out Infinite Flight Live on Google Play. During this week, we were hard at work to improve the stability of our servers as well as the overall experience for Infinite Flight Live subscribers.

We are about to release another hotfix (most likely tomorrow) for Google Play users that will contain the following improvements:

Multiple server support w/ dynamic scaling

As most of you noticed, taxiing at the default airport (KHAF) in the default region (San Francisco) was a bit of a mess last week due to the overwhelming number of new Infinite Flight Live subscribers.
Fortunately we did anticipate this and we already had a solution ready; we needed to see how our server would handle a large number of people at once in order to optimize the right things and make the right decisions about how to improve the overall Infinite Flight experience.
In order to solve this, we now have multiple servers to handle all pilots. When connecting to Infinite Flight Live, you will be directed to the first server with enough resources to handle the current number of pilots + you. If all current servers are full, new servers are launched to handle the load.
In the future, we might improve the heuristic used to select the best server including your starting airport, your standing, XP, etc. The goal is to give everyone the best flying experience.

Custom server selection to play with friends

As mentioned in the previous section, when connecting to Infinite Flight Live you will be assigned to a random server. This solves the issue with having too many pilots in the same location but it makes it hard to fly with your friends.
For this, we added a new server selection menu that allow you to specify which server (from the list of currently available ones) you want to connect to. Be aware that this setting is not persistent: it will revert to the default behavior (random selection) the next time you fly.

High standing servers

Most pilots like to follow procedures but others like to crash in everything ;) There is not much we can do at this point to prevent some pilots to ruin the experience of others; we could increase the price of a subscription in order to deter people with bad intentions or we could add a voting system as some of you suggested but none of those solutions seem to fit our vision for Infinite Flight Live. High standing servers is an attempt to solve this issue; in the same server selection menu mentioned above, you will find a server dedicated to pilots with 90% standing and more. Connecting to this server will guarantee you to be flying with like-minded pilot.
As we improve our automatic server selection algorithm, we might get rid of those specific high standing servers since we will be able to better match pilots together.

Servers in multiple location (USA, Europe, Asia, for now)

In an effort to improve the performance for everyone around the globe, we have servers that are located in different physical locations. This has a couple advantages:
  • Redundancy: if, for some reason there is a catastrophic failure in the datacenter hosting our dedicated servers, we can quickly spawn a few more instances in another location so everyone can continue to enjoy Infinite Flight Live
  • Performance: you might experience better performance if you manually select a server that is physically closer to you (this is not always true but you can try). We will probably include this in our server selection algorithm in the future to make it even easier for the end-user.

Prevented selection of big airplanes at small airports

In this past week, we noticed that a lot of pilots were getting violation for starting at an airport with an airplane that was too big for it. There is indeed a rule that will generate violation if you land at an airport that cannot handle the airplane class you are currently flying, however we forgot about the case when pilots start at that airport.
This indeed was a bug that will be fixed in our upcoming hotfix release.

Other issues that should be fixed

There are a couple other issues that were reported that should be fixed:
  • Black scenery tiles appearing after multiple flights
  • Only top left portion of the screen is displayed when starting Infinite Flight while holding the device in portrait

Note to iOS users

We understand that you have been waiting to have access to Infinite Flight Live and we appreciate your patience and support. Unfortunately we won't be able to release this week (this is exactly why we prefer not to give dates since we anticipate some of you to be disappointed). We did send the update to Apple, but with all the changes we recently made, we need to resend a new version and wait another week (or so) for it to be accepted. That being said, we believe this is for the best and will guaranty a smoother experience when we launch Infinite Flight Live on iOS.

In the meantime, here are a few screenshots from this past week