OSM & X-Plane

Posted by derp9 on 2 August 2013 in English (English)

I’ve recently gotten back into flying in the real world and found that the more recent alternative to Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X is X-plane 10. Xplane uses OSM to populate real world data into the scenery for local airports and areas. Well, unfortunately San Marcos, TX and the outlying areas are in an ‘auto-gen’ category, meaning that only roads, some towers, and major power lines are documented accurately.

I will be editing/adding/modifying the area starting with the airport and surroundings. This is mainly to make converting the OSM data to X-plane scenery more accurate and pleasing when I practice flying. This is so I can navigate the area in a sim without having to waste too much money in the air.

Of course the added benefit of this is updating the OSM data for the rest of the world. It seems there are a few editors in the area but have not been active for some long time.

Either way, this is going to be one hell of a project that will obviously never end, but get to the a point where I am satisfied with what I see in the air.

For more information check out: X-Plane: osm2XP:


Comment from MdMax on 2 August 2013 at 22:15

Hi Michael ! Great post, and these are excellent news for all X-Plane and OpenStreetMap users.

I started mapping because here’s an open license, and because I wanted accurate maps for my area and for my GPS device.

Since a few years, X-Plane & virtual VFR is also a good reason for me to improve the maps. It was first for the roads, power-lines and railways (XPOSM in X-Plane 9). Now it’s also for the forests, the buildings, and other objects (OSM2XP).

I’m mapping in Moselle (France). You can find screenshots here:

JOSM has become my favorite X-Plane scenery editor.

Happy mapping, and happy flying !

Comment from Popolon on 3 August 2013 at 22:23

Hi, flightgear flightsimulator, the open source and free software flight simulator is integrating slowly OSM data too, for now, integration is in test phase, but everything should be automated more or less soon. There are already custom scenary made by third party contributors that use OSM for whole country, like France by Patrouille de France, or big part of the Eastearn Europe here :

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