FAQ

I have problems downloading some files, what to do?

Some Mac users have problems with the Safari browser, in this case try another browser like Firefox, Opera or Chrome. If this fails try a download manager.

Some users noted problems with antivirus software like Avira, there is missing a little part at the end of the archive, so extracting the archive isn’t possible. If you have such problems, deactivate the security software (realtime scanner and browser protection) before downloading.

How to install and uninstall the sceneries?

Just uncompress the 7z file with 7-Zip (Windows) or The Unarchiver (for MacOS X) and copy the extracted folder into the custom scenery folder of XP. You could also copy the extracted folder to an outside folder and then create a shortcut in the custom scenery folder to the new scenery folder.

Ensure that there are no doubled folders like
“X-Plane 11 / Custom Scenery / My Scenery / My Scenery / …”,
check for sceneries it it’s like this
“X-Plane 11 / Custom Scenery / My Scenery / Earth nav data / …”
and for libraries you should have this:
“X-Plane 11 / Custom Scenery / My Library / library.txt”

Entries for new sceneries will always be added on the top, therefore after running XP10/11 once (only necessary till startup screen) you have to adjust the order/priority of the sceneries (see below).

To disable a scenery edit ‘scenery_packs.ini’ and change the entry for the scenery ‘SCENERY_PACK’ to ‘SCENERY_PACK_DISABLED’.

To uninstall sceneries just delete the folder or shortcut in ‘custom scenery’ folder.

What is OSM (OpenStreetMap)?

Tony Wrobleski wrote a plain tutorial, see his article on FlightSim.com

Which OSM/W2XP scenery version should I download?

For Europe are 2 3 versions available: ‘osm’ and the normal without suffix. The difference between the versions is that in ‘osm’ the autogen objects are excluded, so you’ll have only the data that osm (open street map project) delivers. In many European countries quality and quantity of osm data is high enough.

The normal version has smart exclusions to avoid autogen objects where OSM buildings are. Outside these smart exclusions, autogen objects are possible. Now also a mixed version (of osm and normal) is available for Europe, which seems the best solution.

All other continents are only available in normal version, as OSM data could be poor.

How should be the priority in scenery_pack.ini?

The order and thus the priority in the ‘scenery_packs.ini’ (you find it in ‘custom scenery’ folder) from top to bottom should be as follows (from local to global):

  1. own and custom airports
  2. original airports
    (Aerosoft…, Global Airports …)
  3. additional regional sceneries
    (VFR-Addons like VFR-Objects, …)
  4. additional continental w2xp sceneries (if installed)
    (e.g. VFR-Landmarks, VFR-Aerials, w2xp_Europe_net…)
  5. w2xp sceneries (if installed)
    (w2xp_Europe, w2xp_America…)
  6. libraries
    (w2xp_world-models, Europe Library, SeaTraffic, OpenSceneryX, FF_Library…)
  7. overlay photo sceneries (if installed)
    (yOrtho4XP_Overlays if you are using Ortho4XP sceneries)
  8. photo sceneries (if installed)
    (generated with G2XPL Ortho4XP…)
  9. mesh files (if installed)
    (HD Scenery Mesh v3)

Note that HD mesh files work only when there is no photo scenery active in this region, as photo sceneries have their own mesh, derived from standard x-plane dsf or from hd scenery mesh.

What does it mean ZL16 and ZL17?

ZL means “zoom level” and stands for the quality of photo sceneries. Take the examples of Barcelona and look at the pictures of various zoom levels from 500ft and 2000ft. The higher the ZL, the higher the quality, but also the higher the disk space, download time, scenery loading time and memory in X-Plane you need. If you have sceneries of high ZL, XP can stuck during flight to load next scenery or tile.

zoom level scale length per px size per tile
ZL16 1:8.000 2,4 m 2 GB
ZL17 1:4.000 1,2 m 8 GB
ZL18 1:2.000 60 cm 32 GB
ZL19 1:1.000 30 cm 128 GB
ZL20 1:500 15 cm 512 GB

It depends on your hardware, your X-Plane version and the flights you make. For flying IFR you don’t need the whole area between airports in high ZL, as you fly most of the time at high altitudes, ZL16 is sufficient. If you fly VFR at low altitudes and lower speeds, take ZL17 or higher if your hardware allows as you can see more details on the ground.