Flight simulation and OpenStreetMap

Hello !

OpenStreetMap roads have already been used for years in flight simulation software like X-Plane thanks to tools like XPOSM or FlightGear (see the Wiki link here).

Now there’s also a nice tool for converting forests and buildings from OpenStreetMap, and that makes virtual VFR flying a lot more interesting !

That’s a view of Montigny-lès-Metz in France in X-Plane.

The software for building this scenery is called OSM2XP and it’s available here:

Thanks for the hints, a good point to add such news is here: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/3D_Development

I discovered that using X-Plane with photo-sceneries, XPOSM and OSM2XP is a very entertaining tool to find duplicate ways in buildings (flickering textures), or to detect other errors. :slight_smile:

Here, you’ll find some screen shots I made in Koenigsmaker, Magny, Piblange/Drogny/Bockange, Garche, Thionville and Saarbrücken/Rodenhof:


I’ve been working with Fly! Legacy (open source flight simulator) team to add openStreetMap data into their sim.
You can check some screenshots here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/flysimvol/show/

I’ll now look at flightGear support for osm2xp.


wow, my vote for FG support

Hello !

OSM2XP is now an open-source project (GPLv3) and it’s available here:

If you want to vote for FlightGear support, just do it here: :wink:
http://code.google.com/p/osm2xp/issues/list (Issue 3)

More pictures are available here (X-Plane 10 + OSM2XP).

Best regards.

Hi all !

A great presentation has been made by the author of OSM2XP at the State of the Map US San Fransisco 2013. You can find the slides here:

Here you can find new screen shots I made in X-Plane 10 with:

  • orthophoto ground textures
  • roads, railways and power-lines generated with XPOSM
  • 3D buildings and forests generated with OSM2XP

Here’s the place for the last picture:

Happy mapping or flying ! :wink:

Hello !

There’s a new freeware tool for generating 3D sceneries in X-Plane using OpenStreetMap, it’s called World2XPlane:

Flight simulation never looked so real ! :sunglasses: