Reality and simulation are closer together than ever before, thanks to Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D (pronounced as Prepared) Flight Simulation software.
P3D is a training platform for pilots - of both small and large aircraft - who want to train from their own PC at any location in the world, in their favourite aircraft, under the desired weather conditions. These options also make the software popular with instructors and military organisations that rely on P3D as realistic flight sim software.
Lockheed Martin takes flight training on the Prepar3D platform to the next level where the Virtual Reality (VR) experience has been improved, airports can now also have sloped runways, and all default airports use PBR materials which will make them look better.
Thanks to the large P3D community, there are also many external software developers who develop (whether paid or not) add-ons for Prepar3D and keep improving them.
Prepar3D V5 graphically performs a lot better than its predecessors because Lockheed used the DirectX 12 rendering engine. This not only makes the platform more stable but also a lot more powerful, so you can enjoy your simulation even more than ever before.
One of the new built-in features that directly uses the more graphically powerful platform is trueSKY. Simul trueSKY makes clouds, precipitation and the atmosphere look better in one fell swoop.
As with previous versions, there are different types of licenses. Both Academic and Professional licenses are available via FlightsimWebshop.
Choose the Academic License if you are a student (pilot) and want to use P3D during your training or education. Choose the Professional License if you are an (aviation) professional and want to use the platform for training, instruction or simulation.
Both versions are functionally identical. In P3D V5 Academic, however, a - not bothersome - watermark is visible during your flights.
A fast internet connection is recommended, Prepar3D is 22.74 GB in size.