Custom Spain and Portugal scenery

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The Spanish community of FlightGear started in 2012 a project to enhance the scenario of the Iberian Peninsula. This included an enhancement of the terrain, that was still low detail at the moment the project started, new layouts for many airports and hundred of objects spread on all the geography.

The creation of the scenery is still an on-going project. Additional information and temporary data files can be found at Vive FG!

Download and Installation

The "update package" can be found at: Iberian Peninsula This is an enhancement of the current scenery in TerraSync and must be used in addition to TerraSync. See the next section for a list of changes.

Download the and decompress the file in a local directory. For example, under Windows, My Documents\Games\IBE. Then, add this directory to the first tab of the simulator launcher, section FG_SCENERY. If you use a TerraSync directory, move the TerraSync directory to the last position on the list.

If you download the file after an update, first remove the existing directory and then install again.

Improvements over the standard scenery

The goals of the Iberian scenery were:

  • Terrain compiled using the last data available from OpenStreetMap and CORINE. This terrain is no longer necessary after scenery 2.0 in TerraSync.
  • Improvements on the layouts of many airports (LEBL, LEMG etc.), including many new airports (LESL, LECI etc.)
  • Models of lots of buildings, including main airports and some cities: Madrid, Barcelona and many more.
  • Parking positions for many the airports. Currently, about 80% of the airports have parking positions.
  • Scenery especially suitable for VFR flights: Notification points, cities etc.
  • osm2city (real buildings) in Gibraltar (airport: LXGB), Barcelona (airport: LEBL), Pamplona (LEPP) and Bay of Txingudi (airport: LESO-San Sebastian)

Terrain files for the whole Iberian Peninsula are no longer necessary but many improvements are not yet in TerraSync: Airports that depend heavily on the elevation (for example, LEPO), airports already sent to the X-Plane community (for example, LEMG or LEST) after the scenery 2.0, hundreds of buildings everywhere we are still uploading to TerraSync and even some non-free buildings and airports such as Ibiza-LEIB or Valencia-LEVC.

Most of the buildings and airports are free and can be downloaded from TerraSync. Unfortunately, the authors of a few of the airports did not release the buildings under an open source license. Hence, consider all buildings and textures in this file private, and use the versions submitted to TerraSync for your opensource projects.

Improved and new airports

As a result of the project, dozens of airports have been modeled. This includes large international airports, such as Madrid (LEMD) and Barcelona (LEBL), medium-size regional airports such as Reus (LERS) or Cordoba (LEBA), small airfields for general aviation such as San Luis (LESL) or Cerdanya (LECD) and tiny airfields for ultralight aircraft, such as Alfés (LEAT)

The map [1] shows the airports developed in the project. All these airports include custom buildings, some of them have enhanced runways and a few are completely new. The improved layout for most of these airports are already included in TerraSync, and we are still uploading the remaining airports and their buildings.

Color code of the airport map

  • Blue: International and regional airports, usually controlled. Only airliners and general aviation. No ultralights allowed.
  • Red: Airfields suitable for general aviation, runway longer than 800 m, usually uncontrolled and paved surface. There may be ultralights, gliders and parachutes in the area.
  • Green: Small airfields for ultralights. Usually uncontrolled and dirty surfaces. Runway less than 800 m.
  • Yellow: Heliports.
  • Question mark: We are working on them.

Pre 2.0 scenery

Prior to the release of the 2.0 scenery in TerraSync, we maintained a custom scenery for the continental territories of Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar. The project used the data from CORINE database for the land classes, OpenStreetMap for the landmass and roads and the enhanced altitudes by Jonathan de Ferranti. The scenery files divided the Iberian Peninsula in 10+1 zones for an efficient management of the data and updates.

Zones of the scenery

These files are no longer available, since the current scenario in TerraSync provides a level of detail similar to these old files. More information about these old files can be found at Vive FG!