Welcome to Alaska!
Anchorage International (PANC/ANC) is the largest airport in the state of Alaska and serves as the main link to the lower 48 and Canada. It is the 5th busiest cargo airport in the world and the second busiest in North America. It serves as one of the last true tech stops in the world and provides a place to stop and refuel for more than a dozen cargo operators allowing them to fly between North America and Asia. Anchorage is base to more unique operations that perhaps anywhere else in the world. From the Everts MD-80 freighters to the only civilian C130 operator to some of the oldest flying fleets in the world, you can find just about every retro plane you can think of flying out of Anchorage.
This airport has several xplane 11 exclusive features and as such it cannot be assured it will work with older versions. It has been developed for, and tested with, xplane 11 only.
I want to give a huge thanks to Alex Siu for tons of help with modeling and texturing of more than 30 buildings around the airport. I am happy to announce the he will be joining the ZDP team to help work on all of our future projects.
Custom taxiways and runways
SAM Jetways, marshallers, and docking systems
AI ground routes
Accurate to the real airport
Ongoing development and updates
MisterX Library v1.6+
SAM Library v2.0+
Click the 'Download this file' button on the top right corner of this page, you will be brought to a GitHub page
Find the version you want to download (the first one listed is the most recent one, download that unless you have a specific reason not to)
Click the 'Source code' link listed under the version you want to download. Both the .zip and .tar.gz are the same version of the airport, it is just a different type of file compression used, .zip is fine 99% of the time.
Once you have the file download unzip it and move the folder to your "x-plane 11/Custom Scenery/" folder.
That is it! If you had xplane running when you installed it you'll have to restart it for it to load. If you are not able to get it to load in the sim once you have it installed then check the section below for troubleshooting tips.
Are there static aircraft?
Static aircraft are supported by using the default static aircraft in xplane. To enable this, go to the graphics settings and check the "show parked aircraft" box. The gates are coded properly so you will get the correct aircraft type at them, however due to the limitations of default xplane aircraft you may not get the correct airlines. This scenery is entirely open source so if anyone wants to create a standalone package to add static aircraft using an external library I would be happy to feature it on this post.
X-plane won't load the scenery properly?
There are a variety of things which can cause you to not be able to load this scenery properly.
Check that you unzipped the folder before you moved it to your custom scenery folder. If it is still a .zip file then you need to unzip it or it won't work.
The most likely cause is having missing or out of date libraries. Check the 'Required Libraries' list above to make sure you have everything. Check that if you downloaded any of these libraries a long time ago they you have a new enough version for it to satisfy the requirements, if not then click whichever library you need to update and it will bring you to the page to get the newest version. If you want a easy way to see what library is your issue then find your log.txt in the x-plane 11 folder and scroll down until you see a message with a big box around it and that will tell you where it found the error.
If you rename your libraries to organize your custom scenery folder check your log.txt and make sure it is not having trouble finding your library. This scenery was designed to not care what you name your folder but it is possible if a library changes that it will mess with the file path and cause issues. If this is the case you can fix it by changing the name back or editing the file(s) with problems to include the new file name (note that this may cause issues with other sceneries and we wouldn't recommend doing it).
If the tips above did not help then try reading your log.txt and see if you can spot any errors related to the scenery it is throwing. Check the forum to see if anyone else is having your issue, you are probably not alone. If you really cannot figure it out and don't want to spend the rest of your Saturday troubleshooting (we've all done it and know how much it sucks) just send me a PM with your log.txt and we can work through it so you can get back to flying.
Having performance issues or using an older computer?
This scenery is designed for everyone and as such we have made an effort to optimize it for lower end systems without sacrificing aesthetics or functionality. Even though it is designed to run on lower end machines you might still encounter lag if you have older components or are using other mods which impact frame rates. There are a few improvements you can do to your scenery to further improve performance and tweak it to run the best for your system.
What does the future of this scenery look like?
This airport will be undergoing updates as they are needed. Bug fixes will come as they are reported (so report any bugs you find!). Don't worry if you don't hear anything, there is still development going on at ZDP, just check the discord to get the latest on what is going on behind the scenes. The airport will be getting a high fps variant for lower end machines in the next few days.
*The screenshots shown were taken in a modded simulator, you may notice some minor differences. Mods used include ASXP, SAM seasons, world traffic 3, and a variety of payware aircraft.
I don't need donations but if you feel so inclined you can do so here, all donations go toward buying source material for future scenery projects