Scenery is the landscape in FlightGear (or any other simulator). The "mint" or unchanged just-downloaded FlightGear comes with 2 square degrees of scenery near the default airport. The rest of the world is available via download. Details and accuracy vary from place to place.
The scenery data is released as World Scenery collections, available through download in 10x10 degree chunks from the the FlightGear website. Please note that the packages there are only updated very infrequently, so instead you can use TerraSync to download up-to-date scenery as you fly by.
Some high-quality third-party scenery has also been released for FlightGear. However, because anyone may contribute models or terrain data to the official FlightGear scenery, third-party scenery add-ons are not as common as in other flight simulator projects.
By the end of this year (2015), the FlightGear Project's hosting for the scenemodels database and website and the TerraSync repository will no longer be available. As a result, the FlightGear Project is searching for a replacement, even just a temporary one. The technical requirements are roughly these:
- A PostgreSQL database (with the PostGIS extension) of approximately 40 GB, with capacity to expand (this is for the scenemodels database).
- An Apache webserver, PHP, access to the database and the usual toolkit for hosting the scenemodels website
- An SVN server with 140+ GB for the TerraSync repository.
- Enough bandwith to serve the data.
- One or more reverse proxies serving TerraSync requests (not much storage required, just bandwidth).
— Torsten (Nov 9th, 2015). Scenemodels and terrasync are going down.
|Having the OSM database, probably augmented with our scenemodels, elevation model, navdb, apt.dat, groundnet etc. as the data backend and being able to render the scenery at runtime would be fantastic.
|Sadly, our scenery generation process is in a state of transition right now, so it's not easy/quick (possible?) to do a full world rebuild to reflect an updated apt.dat file.
— Curtis Olson (Dec 8th, 2015). Re: [Flightgear-devel] New apt.dat on the X-Plane Scenery Gateway.
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|Martin, our scenery builder and infrastructure provider for many years has decided to leave the project, there will be no new scenery release for a while.
— Torsten Dreyer (Dec 8th, 2015). Re: [Flightgear-devel] New apt.dat on the X-Plane Scenery Gateway.
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|can we start with a funding the operation of the new home for scenemodels, terrasync and the scenery generation tools (approx 3.000$/year), please?
|I download the latest planet and run osm2pgsql - here are a few numbers:
The complete planet dump file is approx. 30GB. download yours here (pick the pbf). The import into a postgresql database takes something between one day (hexacore, 64GB RAM, 4 disks RAID10 7200RPM 4TB Array) to one week (average quad core, 8GB, single consumer market HD) and explodes to several hundret GB for the database (depends a lot on filesystem params).
I would not recommend this procedure for the average user.For the brave, the excellent howto is here: https://switch2osm.org/serving-tiles/manually-building-a-tile-server-14-04/
| The FlightGear wiki has a
portal related to scenery development
- Suggested custom scenery - links to recent (2020) scenery projects
- Developed Airports - airports with at least one non-generic airport building placed
- Suggested Airports - airports ranked by scenery quality
- FlightGear NL
- Custom France Scenery
- Project Hong Kong
- Project Venezuela
- Papillon81's git repositories at https://gitorious.org for scenery (Frankfurt, Singapore).
- Kansas Custom Scenery
- Ohio Custom Scenery
- Australia Custom Scenery
- Scenery download page
- Webtools to add/edit/update unitary and massive import of shared model positions