Simheaven latest release is truly outstanding. The result of more than 500 hours of work is already a must-have for european simmers! Introducing X-Europe.

Simheaven is always a certainty. Everything they release is always at the top of the users’ choice with any doubt! Today they released X-Europe, they’re latest marvel ehnancing the experience of flying the ‘Old Continent’.

The scenery package contains only X-Plane 11 original, and optimized, objects taken directly from Laminar Research that are placed following Open Street Map data. That means a more precise and realistic layout of landmarks and towns compared to the default autogen.


As you can see from this video the experience is excellent and yet similar to the one provided using the Ortho4XP tiles. In my opinion the photoreal scenery is still a step up, but it takes lot of space on our disks to build up the Europe land. X-Europe is heavy, 4GB compressed, but still lighter than the amount of tiles you’d need.

In less than a day this scenery package became a must-have for all the euro-simmers like me. I spent at least 500 hours flying in Europe since 2014 (only on IVAO) but I cannot understand how I did before this.

Also for the ones used to World2XP it’s hard to leave X-Europe as it’s more accurate and… beautiful! Still more enjoyable then the X-Plane 11 version of the worldwide famous W2XP.

Of course the scenery that you can download here is not made for everyday CPUs. You’d need at least a 3.00GHz CPU to run it smoothly, but with some compromises. For who is looking for a reason to update is processor, what else?


Do you enjoy X-Plane? Are you experienced enough to help members? Are you a newbie looking for help? As long as you breath and use X-Plane feel free to join XPD facebook group. I hope to meet you the 18th of March in Ciampino for “La Magia di un respiro” event, for more info contact me on facebook or official mail. Thanks!


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The latest freeware scenery released is simply amazing. It’s not an airport, but a whole city! Let’s talk about Madrid’s representation in X-Plane.

“ahí está, ahí está, la Puerta de Alcalá” sang Victor Manuel some years ago. And from today you can sing it overflying  Madrid in X-Plane too!

It’s really pleasant for me to talk about a city I visited in June (don’t kill me, I liked more Barcelona and Valencia) and I really enjoyed! During my sightseeing in Madrid I toke A LOT of pictures the I used to compare the scenery by SUR4714 (Fabio H. in his  everyday life) to the real city.

I don’t know if Fabio lives in the main city of Spain, but I ensure you his work is amazing. Everything looks special and you can recognize the “Wanda Metropolitano”, the “Santiago Bernabeu”, the railway stations and the skyscrapers of the modern city.

I spent a lot of time overflying “Parco del retiro”, for personal reasons as I spent a whole day there, but every critical angle of the city is redone perfectly, and take benefits of the PBR technology (even if it works also on X-Plane 10).

I was afraid for my GPU and CPU while downloading this scenery, because I already use Spain UHD for my landscape, and it’s natural to think that a huge 3D scenery could eat your fps like anything.

I’m happy to state that this scenery is incredibly optimized. The fps loss on my machine is quite unnoticeable, but we know that every pc is different, and I cannot ensure you will get the same performance even if your pc could be the same of mine. If I could, probably I’d be up in the sky…

Let’s look at the official video presentation of the scenery:

Presentación escenario de Madrid España 2018 para X-Plane 10 & 11.Download

Pubblicato da Fabio Hidalgo su Domenica 28 gennaio 2018

What you’ll need to install and enjoy  this scenery in the right way.

To run the scenery you’ll need a huge amount of libraries (master libraries must be updated) look at the list below:

Europa library
R2 Library
RD Library
GT Library
plus another library that is not mentioned on the file topic. You can download here

Maybe too much, but it’s hard to get a more detailed scenery for free (you can donate to “my friend” here) without the help of exernal libraries… Even if I totally disagree the “lego brick” technique, in this case I must give merit to the developer: He used external libraries to integrate custom buildings and keeping superb performances.

The link to download this amazing package is here. and you can subscribe the official spanish X-Plane group on Facebook here

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EDIT: Fabio is also developing Barcelona, review as soon as it’s released!

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