FSX Planner is a graphical editing tool designed to help users edit existing airports or create new ones for use
within Microsoft's Flight Simulator X.
MAIN DESIGN DISPLAY
The main display of FSX Planner shows a top down view of the airport. You can work on multiple airports simultaneously, each one having its own window. The display shows all aspects of the airport and is completely customizable. This allows you to display and focus on only those parts of the airport that are of current interest.
All of FSX Planner's editing features are intended to be accessible via a toolbar containing the various tools needed to construct or edit the airport. These range from selection tools, to specific runway or apron or taxiway tools.
The screen is designed to be used as efficiently as possible while showing as much information as possible. This is done through the use of object property displays which are always available. Changes made to an object via one of these displays will instantly be reflected in the main display of the airport, removing the need to constantly open and close displays or click OK or Apply buttons.
FSX Planner includes various unique error checking tools. These are intended to help you find potential problems with the airport, such as jetways that do not have associated gates, or taxiways that are associated with non-existant runways.
There are several wizards included with FSX Planner to help you through the creation process of some of the more difficult aspects of airport design, such as Taxiway Signs. These wizards provide a unique approach to simplify the creation or modification of an airport.
COMPILING YOUR NEW AIRPORT
FSX Planner makes it easy to compile your new airport into the BGL file format used by Flight Simulator. The compile feature allows you to specify where the newly created BGL file should be placed, as well as what parts of the airport should be included within the file. This allows you to create BGL files for the entire airport, or for specific parts, such as runways and taxiways, or aprons, or fences, or whatever it is that you need.
DOWNLOADING FSX PLANNER:
FSX Planner is available for free and can be downloaded here. Please note that FSX Planner is still in development and as such, there is no manual or installer yet. But those exciting features are coming soon!