What's Changed in Version 9?
V9 is more of an evolutionary release, and builds on the
new scenery format and other features introduced in the V8 run. Make no
mistake! A lot has changed internally. The scenery rendering engine has
undergone major work and scenery visuals are much improved. Externally,
there are several new, really nice looking aircraft, and the default
airport has moved to Innsbruck, Austria. And of course the list of new
small stuff is, as usual, endless. For the details, see the 9.00
Compatibility with older versions:
The global scenery has been re-done for V9 and looks even better.
There's more scenery detail, more texures, and some of the rough edges
in the V8 global scenery (like no beaches in the southern hemisphere)
have been cleaned up. The V9 global scenery
covers latitudes from 74 degrees south to 74 degrees north (more or
less - basically the entire world except for the polar regions). For
see the global scenery page. The
kit is available from the X-Plane
order page, the X-Plane.org
store, or through a variety of retail channels.
- V9 will accept all V8 and V7 scenery, including all custom
- V9 will accept V8.x aircraft. Some problems have been seen with
missing instruments when loading or importing early V8 aircraft. For
best results, resave the aircraft in V8.64 before trying to use it in
all the gory details on what's been happening with V9, see the detailed history pages.
This page describes changes specific to V9.x. Also see the Installing and Upgrading page for general
information and details on installing.
How do I update to the latest V9.x version?
Run the updater from inside X-Plane. On the left end of the
menu bar, click "About" and select "About X-Plane". The information box
tells you what version you have and what the latest version is that's
available. If yous is out of date and you want to update it, click the
"Update X-Plane" button. This will download the network updater and run
it to update X-Plane.
There are no hard and fast requirements
on system software and hardware above and beyond V8.64. In fact, with
equivalent rendering options and scenery detail, V9 runs as fast and
sometimes faster than V8 on the same hardware. However, the top end of
the rendering options has been substatially raised. V9 uses pixel
shaders extensively and can put much more of a load on your video card
than V8 ever could. If your system is more than a year or two old, a
video card upgrade may be worthwhile. The
usual rule applies: the more hardware you can throw at X-Plane, the
A word of warning on video cards and drivers: V9 works the OpenGL
subsystem really hard and is much more vulnerable to bugs in the video
drivers than V8. If you get strange video artifacts or application
crashes, either on startup or while running, the usual remedy is to go
looking for more up to date video drivers. (Usually. There have been a
couple of cases where video problems were fixed for an older video card
by backing off to an older version of the video driver.) For details,
see the Video FAQ page
What about my custom scenery?
Custom scenery for V8 should work fine
in V9. It should be installed in the Custom Scenery folder as before.
freezes almost immediately after startup (V9.20-9.21)
This can happen if you don't have a
connection to the internet. See the Bugs FAQ
X-Plane identifies itself as a "web demo" in the
And I have the full version DVD set.
You get the "web demo" identification if the earth orbit textures are
missing. These are not part of the demo download and are only installed
from the DVD kit. You'll get into this situation if you installed the
demo download and then installed the global scenery. If you have the
Laminar Research DVD kit, you can use the "repair X-Plane" option to
install the earth orbit textures (this will also get you some terrain
textures that are missing in the demo). If you have the retail kit from
Graphsim you'll have to reinstall from scratch.
lost! What's the new default airport?
It's Innsbruck, Austria, ICAO code LOWI.
Where are all
I opened the Select Global Airport menu
and all I see is the airport I'm at! (This problem only occurs in 9.00
and 9.01. It is fixed in 9.20.)
The current airport's name is pre-entered in the airport name box in
the menu. The list of airports displayed is automatically reduced to
match the name you've entered. Erase the airport's name from the input
box and you'll see the entire list.
to the "local takeoff" and local approach" menu items?
They've been incorporated into the
Select Global Airport menu. Once you've selected an airport, you'll see
a list of runways and buttons to place th aircraft at takeoff position,
or 3 mile or 10 mile final approach.
to all the special situations?
Like carrier cat shot, in flight
refueling, space shuttle approach, etc.
They're in the File->Load Situation menu (even though they're not
The autopilot doesn't
If you're coming from an earlier V8
version, a number of subtle but
important changes in how the autopilot works were introduced in V8.60.
See the Autopilot Problems page
autopilot really doesn't
work and won't hold altitude!
As my speed increases the plane starts
flying up and down like a roller-coaster!
This is a new feature in the V9 autopilot: overspeed protection. As the
aircraft approaches Vne, the autopilot pitches the aircraft up to slow
it down. Then after you've slowed down it allows the nose to drop and
you pick up speed again... This is especially a problem in the Cirrus
Jet, which has a rather powerful engine and a low Vne (250 kt).
are there no buildings at most of the airports?
The X-Plane global scenery does not
include airport buildings. There are many custom scenery packages
available at X-Plane.org
that populate selected airports. They range in quality from generic to
photo-realistic with animated boarding ramps. A (free) membership in
X-Plane.org is required to download.
is my global scenery doing
in the Custom Scenery folder?
Um, er, because that's where it got
installed. The initial V9 kits installed the global scenery in two
folders, -global overlays- and -global terrain-, in the Custom Scenery
folder. It's OK - it works there. Later versions install the global
scenery in a separate Global Scenery folder.
am I getting "missing
scenery" messages when my scenery is correctly installed?
is packaged in one file per square degree of the earth's surface, but
there are no files where there is open ocean. X-Plane's local map
always shows a 3x2 degree area. If you are located at, say, a coastal
airport, then part of the local map may be open ocean and there will be
no corresponding scenery file. X-Plane has a list of where scenery
files are supposed to be, but the list appears to be inaccurate. You
can turn the warning message off in
the Settings->Operations and Warnings menu.
network my PPC Mac with
an Intel machine
Power PC cpus and Intel cpus use the
opposite byte order to represent numerical values. X-Plane versions
8.64 and earlier rearranged the byte order to make cross-platform
networking work. The logic to rearrange the bytes was removed from V9,
and dissimilar cpus cannot be networked. The same problem applies to
saved situations and replays - they cannot be loaded on a different cpu
type. Intel Macitosh works OK with Intel Windows or Linux.
I have a
really powerful video card, and I still get frame rate warnings and fog
You're probably running out of cpu
power, rather than rendering power in the video card.
This is most likely to happen with high object density (lots of
buildings and trees, streets, taxiways, etc.) For details, seet the video
card FAQ page
How do I edit terrain in the V9
You have a couple of choices. Overlay
Editor, available from X-Plane.org
, allows you to create custom
object overlay scenery. Beta versions of the new World Editor are now
available at the Scenery
Tools web site
. World Editor is the tool of choice for gaphical
editing of airports. None of the tools allow you to edit the actual
terrain elevation mesh.
Where can I learn more about the
I downloaded a plane from
X-Plane.org and it doesn't work in V9.
It's probably for an older X-Plane
version. You'll have use the V8.64 PlaneMaker to convert it to use in
How do I convert V8.x planes for use in V9?
For many V8.x planes no conversion is necessary. V9 will
accept them as is. Older planes and planes with legacy custom panels
may require conversion. To convert a plane open it in PlaneMaker and
resave it. (Depending on the age of the plane you may have to use an
older version of PlaneMaker.) For details and exceptions, see the Aircraft Format and Conversion page.
After flying at high altitude for a few minutes
the screen slowly goes black.
You're suffering from hypoxia - oxygen starvation. This
will occur in a plane that has pressurization controls and you forgot
set them, or it has an incomplete set and you can't. For more details
see the Flying FAQ.
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