Whether you’re just “taking off” on your laptop or training to become an F-35® pilot, the latest release of Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D® software brings flight training even closer to reality.

Private pilots, commercial organizations, academia, and militaries have relied on Prepar3D for immersive, experiential learning for almost 10 years. Prepar3D Version 5 is the first step in the development of an all-new platform built for next-generation simulation and training. This foundational release uses the latest DirectX 12 rendering engine for unparalleled performance, breathtaking weather visuals and a fully updated globe.

Here are five ways Version 5 is solving tomorrow’s training needs.

  1. More than the air: Although we love to fly, Prepar3D isn’t just for the sky. Prepar3D is a global training environment used across aviation, maritime and land. Trainers can create multidomain simulation and training exercises to prepare crews for any situation. Version 5 increases realism for new maritime-relevant training content with WaveWorks 2.0. These capabilities come together in combat scenarios with a complement of weapons and sensors for a complete training experience.

Dynamic ocean with NVIDIA® WaveWorks 2.0.

  1. The real deal: Prepar3D has always been scalable and hardware agnostic, supporting deployments from tablets to desktops, virtual reality to projection domes. Version 5 continues its strong emphasis on extended reality integrations – specifically with a strategic focus on mixed reality. Users are placed in computer-generated environments and can interact with both inserted real-life and computer-generated elements. These technologies aid military personnel in flight training for the complex battlespace and the Version 5 mixed-reality experience is second to none.

Integration with the latest VR/MR headsets.

  1. Training for your mission: Users can easily create and share structured learning experiences with Prepar3D’s scenario creation tool, SimDirector. Instructors can create lessons, instructions, and scenarios, all with dynamic feedback to the user, leading to faster, more effective learning. They can even change conditions in real-time. Got some weather rolling in? Better adjust the flight plan, and quick!

Fly the three variants of the F-35.

  1. Travel the world: With Prepar3D, you can train without limits from day one. Version 5 includes updates to over 24,000 airports worldwide, so you can be sure runways and taxiways are up to date. And if you want a great way to get there, Version 5 also adds new aircraft, including the Lockheed Martin Civilian Utility Aircraft and the F-35B. Plus, you can be sure the view will be good with the addition of new landmark buildings across the globe, such as the One World Trade Center, Shanghai Tower and Burj Khalifa.

Flying over Randolph Air Force Base in Prepar3D Version 5.

  1. Here for the long haul: For nearly 10 years, Prepar3D has partnered with the flight simulation community. The team actively monitors the Prepar3D forum, community forums, and industry trends to determine our product roadmap—developing every feature and update on operator feedback. User input helps us push what’s possible, and we will continue to deliver.

Prepar3D team leads L to R, Adam Breed, Rob McCarthy, and Chris Metel

No matter what you’re training for, Prepar3D Version 5 is ready to get you there.

Prepar3D Version 5 is out now.