Difference between HD Mesh Scenery v4 and photoscenery (like Ortho4XP)

I’ve been getting interested in various scenery enhancements for X-Plane 11. The two major varieties that I am currently aware of are HD Mesh Scenery v4 and photoscenery like Ortho4XP. I have already downloaded and have tried HD Mesh v4 for the region around KBTV. I am now in New Zealand with the Quest Kodiak that I bought in FSEconomy and using some special scenery there called Lyndiman’s New Zealand Ortho Photography Set. Here is the creator’s description:

This package is an orthophotography scenery package for X-Plane. It will replace ground textures with images derived from aerial photographs that should make the simulator much more immersive.

This package features:

  • High quality Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) aerial photos processed at zoom level 17 (a good balance of quality vs size)

  • From my testing this scenery has no visible impact on FPS (check image gallery for FPS)

  • Intensive photo processing to balance colour, replace patches, for a seamless experience

I downloaded this scenery from here. The North Island portion was recently updated to Version R3. I have downloaded it and am currently running it.

Here is a description from alpilotX.net of the HD Mesh Scenery v4 from the alpilotX web site:

Difference between HD Mesh Scenery v4 and photoscenery (like Ortho4XP)!

The main difference is, that HD Mesh Scenery v4 does NOT use any custom orthoimagery (as used by photoscenery) but instead is based an a finite set of generic, landclass based textures coming with default X-Plane 11!

Thus, you will not see your house in the ground textures 8as you might with good quality orthophotos).

The advantage of landclass based scenery is:

  • limited storage needed for texture (whereas orthoimagery covering the same area at high res can easily bring you in the TBytes region)
  • consistent texture quality over the entire scenery (whereas orthoimagery is extremely dependent on the data source it uses … and can show a wide range of artifacts / issues depending of the data source)

Using HD Mesh Scenery v4 with photoscenery like Ortho4XP

Very important: both HD Mesh Scenery and usually any other photoscenery (like from Ortho4XP) qualifies as mesh scenery. X-Plane has the rule, that in the same location (and any 1×1 degree tile counts as the “same location”) at the same time you can always and exclusively have only ONE mesh active (and thus rendered). If you have more than one of them in the same location at the same time then X-Plane never mixes or merges them “on the fly”. Instead, X-Plane shows you the one with the highest priority in the scenery_packs.ini! Every other mesh or scenery (airports etc.) below the highest active mesh layer will not even get loaded at run time!

If you want to use HD Mesh Scenery v4 as you “generic” base layer for large areas (which is a good idea) and photoscenery (like Ortho4XP) for selected areas, then make sure that all of your Ortho4XP generated mesh tiles are sorted above(!) the HD Mesh Scenery v4 layer in the scenery_packs.ini!

Next, I would like to try creating some of my own photoscenery using Ortho4XP. This article on the AVSIM forums seems to be the goto article to get started. I hope to study and get started in the near future, so stay posted.

Discovered the Piaggio Avanti II

Thanks to Susi Air Virtual, I recently discovered the Piaggio Avanti P.180 II! It is a truly amazing airplane, a turboprop with near jet performance and amazing fuel efficiency! And the best part of it is that there is a freeware version which is payware quality. You must subscribe at X-Aviation in order to download it here. But beware, even though it is free I keep getting a pop-up from X-Avaiation Licensing requesting Customer E-mail and Password. If I enter my X-Aviation user email and password, the login fails. That’s the only password I have and it is freeware so I haven’t yet discovered what is going on. The good thing is that I can close the little login window and I so far, the simulation still works.

Susi Air Virtual is Really Fun!

I really like the Papua Highlands Tour of Susi Air Virtual! I did four legs yesterday and each one departed and arrived at challenging and interesting airstrips.

The photos below are unrelated. Someone was asking about the throttle control levers on three different types of aircraft.

Beech 1900

ATR 42

Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia

 

Susi Air – Papua Highlands Tour

I just completed my first flight of the Papua Highlands Tour. I had to create my own flight which has the wrong flight number so I don’t know if it will work. Maybe the airline administrator can make it work.

smartCARS version 2.1.31.0, 2017/12/23 UTC-5
[02:22:26 PM] Preflight started, flying offline
[02:22:26 PM] Flying Quest_Kodiak_v1.5 MAF
[02:23:21 PM] Engine 1 is on
[02:27:53 PM] Flaps set to position 2
[02:27:55 PM] Flaps set to position 5
[02:28:26 PM] Pushing back with 803 lb of fuel
[02:28:27 PM] Taxiing to runway
[02:28:34 PM] Taking off
[02:28:40 PM] Climbing, pitch: 10, roll: 4 degrees left, 75 kts
[02:28:49 PM] Flaps set to position 2 at 137 ft at 88 kts
[02:28:55 PM] Flaps set to position 0 at 231 ft at 98 kts
[02:36:56 PM] Cruising at 12000ft, pitch: 7, 108 kts
[03:05:41 PM] Descending
[03:05:41 PM] Approaching
[03:07:39 PM] Flaps set to position 2 at 5690 ft at 130 kts
[03:09:39 PM] Flaps set to position 5 at 4050 ft at 113 kts
[03:10:08 PM] Flaps set to position 8 at 5501 ft at 98 kts
[03:10:42 PM] Final approach, 110 kts
[03:11:45 PM] Touched down at 205 fpm, gear lever: down, pitch: 9, roll: 1 degrees left, 75 kts
[03:11:54 PM] Landed in 686 ft, fuel: 596 lb, weight: 5873 lb
[03:11:54 PM] Taxiing to gate
[03:12:03 PM] The flight may now be ended
[03:12:03 PM] Taxi time was less than 15 seconds
[03:12:03 PM] Arrived, flight duration: 00:40
[03:14:40 PM] Engine 1 is off

Susi Air Virtual – Final leg of Papua Tour

This is the final leg in the tour. For some reason, this PIREP provided a route map.

Flight SAV89A

  • Submitted By: Kor Kiley
  • Departure Airport: Tanah Merah (WAKT)
  • Arrival Airport: Sentani International (WAJJ)
  • Aircraft: C208B (PK-BVU)
  • Flight Time: 01.17
  • Date Submitted: 23/12/2017
  • Status: Approval Pending
FLIGHT DETAILS
Gross Revenue:
(9 load / $ 212.00 per unit
$ 1, 908.00
Fuel Cost:
(325 fuel used @ 5.1 / unit)
$ 1, 657.50

Additional Log Information:

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smartCARS version 2.1.31.0, 2017/12/23 UTC
[16:43:44] Preflight started, flying offline
[16:43:44] Flying Quest_Kodiak_v1.5 MAF
[16:43:46] Flaps set to position 8
[16:44:42] Engine 1 is on
[16:46:38] Pushing back with 1338 lb of fuel
[16:46:53] Taxiing to runway
[16:47:51] Flaps set to position 0
[16:49:39] Flaps set to position 5
[16:50:42] Taking off
[16:50:49] Climbing, pitch: 8, roll: 1 degrees left, 75 kts
[16:51:00] Flaps set to position 2 at 156 ft at 87 kts
[16:51:07] Flaps set to position 0 at 237 ft at 98 kts
[16:59:50] Stalling
[16:59:54] Stall recovered after a minimum speed of 66 kts
[17:04:18] Cruising at 18000ft, pitch: 5, 153 kts
[17:47:59] Descending
[17:51:35] Approaching
[18:01:44] Final approach, 151 kts
[18:04:08] Flaps set to position 2 at 2914 ft at 158 kts
[18:04:23] Flaps set to position 5 at 2663 ft at 129 kts
[18:07:42] Flaps set to position 8 at 792 ft at 101 kts
[18:08:55] Stalling
[18:08:55] Touched down at -612 fpm, gear lever: down, pitch: 6, roll: 2 degrees left, 62 kts
[18:08:55] Stall recovered after a minimum speed of 68 kts
[18:09:00] Landed in 446 ft, fuel: 1014 lb, weight: 6268 lb
[18:09:00] Taxiing to gate
[18:09:53] The flight may now be ended
[18:09:53] Arrived, flight duration: 01:17
[18:13:53] Engine 1 is off

Route Map

FireShot Pro Screen Capture #057 - 'Pireps - Susi Air Virtual' - www_susiairvirtual_com_index_php_pireps_viewreport_194.jpg

Susi Air 12/23/17

WX17 to WAKM which is WAKJ in X-Plane 11 with LR G1000

The following three flights are not very interesting. It’s low flat terrain.

Flight SAV102A

  • Submitted By: Kor Kiley
  • Departure Airport: Asmat / Ewer (WX17)
  • Arrival Airport: Kimaan (WAKM)
  • Aircraft: C208B (PK-BVC)
  • Flight Time: 00.58
  • Date Submitted: 23/12/2017
  • Status: Approval Pending
FLIGHT DETAILS
Gross Revenue:
(9 load / $ 156.00 per unit
$ 1, 404.00
Fuel Cost:
(253 fuel used @ 5.1 / unit)
$ 1, 290.30

Additional Log Information:

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smartCARS version 2.1.31.0, 2017/12/23 UTC
[13:06:15] Preflight started, flying offline
[13:06:15] Flying Quest_Kodiak_v1.5 MAF
[13:06:54] Engine 1 is on
[13:09:24] Pushing back with 932 lb of fuel
[13:10:03] Taxiing to runway
[13:12:35] Flaps set to position 2
[13:12:38] Flaps set to position 5
[13:12:57] Taking off
[13:13:04] Climbing, pitch: 8, roll: 1 degrees left, 79 kts
[13:13:13] Flaps set to position 2 at 200 ft at 85 kts
[13:13:38] Flaps set to position 0 at 685 ft at 103 kts
[13:16:28] Stalling
[13:16:33] Stall recovered after a minimum speed of 61 kts
[13:20:56] Cruising at 8000ft, pitch: 2, 171 kts
[13:57:16] Descending
[13:58:11] Approaching
[13:58:11] Sim paused
[13:58:16] Sim unpaused, simulation rate: 1X
[14:05:08] Final approach, 155 kts
[14:08:59] Flaps set to position 2 at 1174 ft at 127 kts
[14:09:48] Flaps set to position 5 at 973 ft at 111 kts
[14:10:20] Flaps set to position 8 at 713 ft at 98 kts
[14:10:21] Go around conditions met
[14:10:22] Standard final approach conditions met
[14:11:53] Touched down at -376 fpm, gear lever: down, pitch: 2, roll: 1 degrees left, 66 kts
[14:11:57] Aircraft bounced, touched back down at -130 fpm
[14:12:06] Landed in 1158 ft, fuel: 680 lb, weight: 5986 lb
[14:12:06] Taxiing to gate
[14:12:23] The flight may now be ended
[14:12:23] Arrived, flight duration: 00:58
[14:14:34] Engine 1 is off

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Kor Kiley WAKM is WAKJ in X-Plane 11 LR G1000

Flight SAV101A

  • Submitted By: Kor Kiley
  • Departure Airport: Kimaan (WAKM)
  • Arrival Airport: Mopah International (WAKK)
  • Aircraft: C208B (PK-BVB)
  • Flight Time: 00.39
  • Date Submitted: 23/12/2017
  • Status: Approval Pending
FLIGHT DETAILS
Gross Revenue:
(9 load / $ 99.00 per unit
$ 891.00
Fuel Cost:
(171 fuel used @ 5.1 / unit)
$ 872.10

Additional Log Information:

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smartCARS version 2.1.31.0, 2017/12/23 UTC
[14:18:40] Preflight started, flying offline
[14:18:40] Flying Quest_Kodiak_v1.5 MAF
[14:18:42] Flaps set to position 8
[14:20:22] Flaps set to position 0
[14:22:22] Engine 1 is on
[14:23:12] Pushing back with 810 lb of fuel
[14:23:28] Taxiing to runway
[14:25:51] Flaps set to position 5
[14:27:31] Taking off
[14:27:35] Climbing, pitch: 9, roll: 3 degrees left, 66 kts
[14:27:50] Flaps set to position 2 at 254 ft at 87 kts
[14:27:56] Flaps set to position 0 at 304 ft at 100 kts
[14:34:16] Cruising at 9500ft, pitch: 4, 145 kts
[14:51:29] Sim paused
[15:00:42] Sim unpaused, simulation rate: 1X
[15:00:48] Descending
[15:02:20] Approaching
[15:11:14] Final approach, 136 kts
[15:12:33] Flaps set to position 2 at 2132 ft at 138 kts
[15:14:15] Flaps set to position 5 at 993 ft at 129 kts
[15:15:07] Flaps set to position 8 at 673 ft at 96 kts
[15:15:08] Go around conditions met
[15:15:08] Standard final approach conditions met
[15:16:35] Touched down at -505 fpm, gear lever: down, pitch: 5, roll: level, 62 kts
[15:16:38] Aircraft bounced, touched back down at -2 fpm
[15:16:48] Landed in 1085 ft, fuel: 639 lb, weight: 5945 lb
[15:16:48] Taxiing to gate
[15:17:05] The flight may now be ended
[15:17:05] Arrived, flight duration: 00:39
[15:18:45] Engine 1 is off

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Commenter Comment
Kor Kiley WAKM is WAKJ in X-Plane 11 LR G1000

WAKK to WAKT

Flight SAV90A

  • Submitted By: Kor Kiley
  • Departure Airport: Mopah International (WAKK)
  • Arrival Airport: Tanah Merah (WAKT)
  • Aircraft: C208B (PK-BVT)
  • Flight Time: 00.59
  • Date Submitted: 23/12/2017
  • Status: Approval Pending
FLIGHT DETAILS
Gross Revenue:
(9 load / $ 146.00 per unit
$ 1, 314.00
Fuel Cost:
(265 fuel used @ 5.1 / unit)
$ 1, 351.50

Additional Log Information:

View Log

smartCARS version 2.1.31.0, 2017/12/23 UTC
[15:27:38] Preflight started, flying offline
[15:27:38] Flying Quest_Kodiak_v1.5 MAF
[15:27:40] Flaps set to position 8
[15:30:51] Engine 1 is on
[15:31:47] Flaps set to position 0
[15:31:51] Pushing back with 806 lb of fuel
[15:32:17] Taxiing to runway
[15:33:36] Flaps set to position 5
[15:35:23] Taking off
[15:35:31] Climbing, pitch: 6, roll: 3 degrees left, 79 kts
[15:35:47] Flaps set to position 2 at 71 ft at 98 kts
[15:35:50] Flaps set to position 0 at 88 ft at 106 kts
[15:42:57] Cruising at 8000ft, pitch: 5, 128 kts
[16:32:53] Descending
[16:32:53] Approaching
[16:32:54] Final approach, 151 kts
[16:34:26] Flaps set to position 2 at 1253 ft at 128 kts
[16:35:07] Flaps set to position 5 at 808 ft at 116 kts
[16:35:39] Flaps set to position 8 at 515 ft at 96 kts
[16:36:53] Touched down at -191 fpm, gear lever: down, pitch: 4, roll: 1 degrees left, 71 kts
[16:37:01] Landed in 805 ft, fuel: 541 lb, weight: 6179 lb
[16:37:01] Taxiing to gate
[16:37:05] The flight may now be ended
[16:37:05] Taxi time was less than 15 seconds
[16:37:05] Arrived, flight duration: 00:59
[16:39:03] Engine 1 is off

Susi Air — WASR to WABF

I’m enroute from Rendani, West Papua, Indonesia (WASR) to Numfor, a small island about 50nm from the coast. Here is my smartCARS log from the flight.9

smartCARS version 2.1.31.0, 2017/12/22 UTC-5
[12:51:05 PM] Preflight started, flying offline
[12:51:05 PM] Flying Quest_Kodiak_v1.5 MAF
[12:51:54 PM] Engine 1 is on
[12:59:15 PM] Flaps set to position 5
[01:01:16 PM] Pushing back with 805 lb of fuel
[01:01:17 PM] Taxiing to runway
[01:01:24 PM] Taking off
[01:01:31 PM] Climbing, pitch: 7, roll: 4 degrees left, 79 kts
[01:01:40 PM] Flaps set to position 2 at 124 ft at 87 kts
[01:01:45 PM] Flaps set to position 0 at 206 ft at 98 kts
[01:05:07 PM] Cruising at 5000ft, pitch: 4, 136 kts
[01:14:22 PM] Descending
[01:14:22 PM] Approaching
[01:17:28 PM] Final approach, 141 kts
[01:18:52 PM] Flaps set to position 2 at 1094 ft at 120 kts
[01:19:25 PM] Flaps set to position 5 at 1066 ft at 93 kts
[01:20:05 PM] Flaps set to position 8 at 818 ft at 100 kts
[01:21:25 PM] Touched down at -173 fpm, gear lever: down, pitch: 4, roll: 1 degrees left, 69 kts
[01:21:34 PM] Landed in 825 ft, fuel: 725 lb, weight: 5729 lb
[01:21:34 PM] Taxiing to gate
[01:21:37 PM] The flight may now be ended
[01:21:37 PM] Taxi time was less than 15 seconds
[01:21:37 PM] Arrived, flight duration: 00:20