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Chapter 5: About the Flight Regions

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X-Plane for iPad/X-Plane HDEF 4G includes more than twenty flight regions, ranging from the deserts of California to the snowy mountains of Nepal. Let's look at these regions in depth.


Innsbruck, Austria

The Innsbruck region has some of the most highly detailed scenery found in X-Plane for iPad/X-Plane HDEF 4G. Note the accurately reproduced airport terminal buildings and the super-high-definition textures, as seen below.

The Innsbruck airport terminal
The Innsbruck airport terminal

Innsbruck includes Innsbruck Airport (LOWI).


The Hawaii region includes nearly the whole of the Maui and Lanai islands. Its main airports are Kahului Airport (PHOG) and Lanai Airport (PHNY). With the close combination of flats, gently sloping mountains, jagged peaks, and the ocean, Hawaii makes a beautiful place to fly.

This region has an aircraft carrier situated in the south for use with carrier-capable fighters.

Miami, Florida

The Miami region spans from Tavernier in the south, to North Miami Beach in the northeast, to Marco Island in the northwest. It encompasses all of Everglades National Park, and includes an aircraft carrier in the west.

Southern California

The Southern California region spans the coast of California from Imperial Beach in the south to Barstow in the northeast to Edwards Air Force Base in the northwest. It includes San Bernardino International (KSBD), San Diego International (KSAN), and Ontario International (KONT) airports, as well as an aircraft carrier (located near the center of the map).

Santa Catalina Island, California

Santa Catalina Island forms the center of this map, with Long Beach and Los Angeles in the north. Prominent airports include Catalina Airport (KAVX) and Los Angeles International Airport, as well as an aircraft carrier located just north of Catalina Island.

Van Nuys, California

The Van Nuys region extends from Mojave in the northeast to Thousand Oaks in the southwest. Prominent airports include Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) and Bob Hope Airport (KBUR) in Burbank.

San Francisco, California

The San Francisco region spans from San Rafael in the northwest, to Concord in the northeast, to Santa Cruz in the south. Note the very high level of detail at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO)—runway lights, terminal buildings, and the network of taxiways are all accurately modeled, as seen below.

The KSFO airport terminal
The KSFO airport terminal

Additionally, there is an aircraft carrier located off the west coast near the center of the map.

Big Bear, California

The Big Bear region extends from Big Bear City Airport (L35) in the south up to Barstow, California in the north, and includes Twentynine Palms Airport (KNXP).

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon map covers hundreds of square miles of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It includes four fictional airports from which to explore the spectacular canyons of the area. The OZ_V mini-heliport (seen from a distance in the image below) even starts users out from within the canyon!

Starting within the Grand Canyon
Starting within the Grand Canyon

Provost, Utah

The Provost region is bordered by Salt Lake City International Airport in the northwest, with the Strawberry Reservoir and Uinta National Forest in its southeastern corner.


The fictitious Canyons region is filled with five airports and lots and lots of canyons. You're virtually guaranteed to have some mountain peaks in view any time you tap the Random Location button in the Map screen.

Southern California Desert

The Southern California Desert region spans about 60 miles from Palm Springs in the northeast to Ramona in the southwest and includes Palm Springs International Airport (KPSP).

Desert Sky, California

The Desert Sky region encompasses much of the Salton Sea, and it is virtually right next door to the Southern California Desert map.

New York

The New York region contains nearly all of New York City in the northeast and reaches down past Trenton, New Jersey in the southwest. Prominent airports include La Guardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Trenton Mercer Airport (KTTN), though there are over a hundred total airports in the region.

New York also features an aircraft carrier near the center of the map.

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago region reaches from Kankakee, Illinois in the south to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the north along the Lake Michigan shore. Prominent airports include Kenosha Regional Airport (KENW), Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Chicago O'Hare International Airport (KORD), and Chicago Midway International Airport (KMDW).

Seattle-Tacoma area, Washington

The Seattle-Tacoma region stretches from Everett, Washington in the northeast down to Olympia, Washington in the southwest. It contains Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), Bremerton National Airport (KPWT), and McChord Air Force Base (KTCM).

Note especially the detail in the Seattle-Tacoma Int'l terminal, as seen in the following image:

The KSEA terminal
The KSEA terminal

Juneau, Alaska

The Juneau region centers on Juneau International Airport (PAJN). With lots of frigid water and snowy mountains, it makes for a beautiful flight.

Kathmandu, Nepal

The Kathmandu region centers around Tribhuvan International Airport (VNKT), located in the mountains of Nepal.

Boswell Bay, Alaska

The Boswell Bay region features prominently Boswell Bay and a large portion of Prince William Sound, located in southeastern Alaska. It also includes an aircraft carrier near the center of the map.

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage lies about a hundred miles to the west of Boswell Bay. The map features Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC), as well as an aircraft carrier.

Edwards Air Force Base, California

The Edwards AFB region spans from Sequoia National Forest in the northwest all the way down to San Bernardino in the southeast. It includes Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) in the southwest, as well as Ontario International Airport (KONT) and, of course, Edwards Air Force Base (KEDW).

Cocoa Beach, Florida

The Cocoa Beach region (and specifically the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral), is the site of the Space Shuttle launch. The region's default airport is Space Coast Regional (KTIX), the nearest commercial airport to the Kennedy Space Center. The most prominent airport, the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility (KTTS), lies to the northeast of it. Additionally, a carrier is included off the west coast of Cape Canaveral.