Antarctica4XPlane is a 3D visualization of the Antarctic continent, for use within the flight simulator X-Plane. It features a realistically shaped terrain model covered with a plausible texture set. The landscape is complemented with virtual research stations, base camps and airfields as an image of the real counterparts. Hence, Antarctica4XPlane is not only of interest for flight simulation enthusiasts, but also as a tool for scientists and education.

A brief history

On 17th April 2015 Nino published the idea of  a virtual Antarctica, searching for technical assistance. Inspired by Nino’s idea, Matthias begun to develop first terrain models, e.g. for Deception Island. In parallel, Paolo and others begun to develop virtual research stations, base camps and airfields. In December 2015 we were able to release part 1 of Antarctica4XPlane, covering the South Orkney Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Followed in June 2016 by the release of part 2 of Antarctica4XPlane, covering the Victoria Land and the northern parts of the Transantarctic Mountains. Since then, the scenery packages received annual updates and were complemented by new content.

As a spin-off of Antarctica4XPlane, the development were extended to the Subantarctic. In January 2017, Marion and Prince Edward Island were released. Followed in May 2018 by the release of the second subantarctic scenery: Heard Island and McDonald Islands.

The Coverage

POLAR2018 A4XP Map

South Orkney Islands and Antarctic Peninsula – Victoria Land and Transantarctic Mountains – Marion Island and Prince Edward Island –Heard and McDonald Islands – Nearly three dozens of research stations, base camps and airfields. All those X-Plane sceneries are available for download in The Sceneries-section…

And that’s not all: The scenery packages are complemented by Nino’ comprehensive catalog full with information about antarctic research stations and airfields as well as aircrafts, which are in use on the antarctic continent. Read more about this sub-project…

The Team

_ Matthias Seewald (AT) – geo-data processing and development of the terrain model
_ Nino Villari (IT) – initial idea of the project,  data collection and documentation
_ Paolo Grifantini (IT) – development  of  the virtual research stations and airfields
_ Walter Schönbächler (CH) – development of smaller bases and promoting the project
_ Pedro van Leeuwen (NL) – data collection, scenery building, supplier of aircrafts
_ Numerous additional contributors and supporters from all over the world