FSX Airport Ground Texture Upgrade

PreviewThese new textures for FSX enhance your default ground airport textures. This package contains all-new high detailed taxiway textures, ground textures, and all new taxiway line textures.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) including Steam Edition & Prepar3D (P3D)
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18.87 MB
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Free (Freeware)
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5 star rating.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars by 18 PRO members.

These new textures for FSX enhance your default ground airport textures. This package contains all-new high detailed taxiway textures, ground textures, and all new taxiway line textures.

A demonstration of the taxiway lines and ground textures in FSX: Steam Edition.The new ground textures give a more realistic illusion of rocks, grass, etc. Autogen as well as taxiways, will now look more realistic and "in place" since they are no longer over a low-resolution detail 1.bmp file.

The new taxiway line textures (or taxi lines as I call them) make your default taxi lines look even more realistic. Now you will see environmental weathering effects such as cracks and holes on the taxi line paint. And finally, the new taxiway textures upgrade the default FSX ones.

Every detail, crack, and pebble was carefully analyzed and created with the aid of hi-res sources.

Pre Installation

VERY IMPORTANT! BE SURE TO BACK UP THE FOLLOWING DDS FILES LOCATED IN YOUR C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Texture FOLDER:

  • taxi_asphalt
  • taxi_tranm
  • taxi_concrete
  • taxi_ tarmac
  • taxiway_marks

Now back up the following BMP file located in your C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Scenery\World\Texture folder:

  • detail 1


Extract the following DDS and the one BMP file to a temporary location of your choice:

  • taxi_asphalt
  • taxi_tranm
  • taxi_concrete
  • taxi_ tarmac
  • taxiway_marks
  • detail 1

Now, take the following DDS files:

  • taxi_asphalt
  • taxi_tranm
  • taxi_concrete
  • taxi_ tarmac
  • taxiway_marks

And place them into your C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Texture folder. Click yes to overwrite, Now take the detail 1 BMP file, and place it in your C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Scenery\World\Texture folder. Click yes to overwrite.

That's it! Run FSX and go to any airport of your choice.


The detail 1 BMP file included here is fully compatible with FS2004. Installation is very similar, just place the detail 1 BMP file in your C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004\Scenery\World\Texture folder

You may re-upload these textures to another site of your choice, as long as my name is stated as the original author.

Do not attempt to remodify or edit these textures.

Developer: Gamalier Padilla.

Images & Screenshots

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The archive FSXGrnd_Tex.zip has 21 files and directories contained within it.

File Contents

This list displays the first 500 files in the package. If the package has more, you will need to download it to view them.

Filename/Directory File Date File Size
FSXgroundtextures11.17.060 B
Readme.txt11.16.062.80 kB
detail1.bmp11.17.06512.07 kB
taxi_asphalt.dds11.16.06682.80 kB
taxi_concrete.dds11.16.06682.80 kB
taxi_tarmac.dds11.16.06682.80 kB
taxi_tranm.dds11.16.06682.80 kB
taxiway_marks.dds11.16.06170.80 kB
Go to Fly Away Simulation.url01.22.1652 B
Screenshots10.05.200 B
ground-tex-screen-10ai.jpg10.05.201.31 MB
ground-tex-screen-1ai.jpg10.05.201.54 MB
ground-tex-screen-2ai.jpg10.05.201.50 MB
ground-tex-screen-3ai.jpg10.05.201.64 MB
ground-tex-screen-4ai.jpg10.05.202.37 MB
ground-tex-screen-5ai.jpg10.05.201.12 MB
ground-tex-screen-6ai.jpg10.05.201.95 MB
ground-tex-screen-7ai.jpg10.05.202.35 MB
ground-tex-screen-8ai.jpg10.05.202.00 MB
ground-tex-screen-9ai.jpg10.05.201.33 MB
flyawaysimulation.txt10.30.13959 B


Like any shallow individual, I always look for ways that I can tip the balance between performance and graphical quality. I don’t mind losing a few frames every now and then if it makes everything else absolutely shine, and I was a bit disappointed to see that my main PC was capable of running FSX with all of its bells and whistles at the very maximum with complete performance, too. Whilst this might sound like a ridiculous complaint, my issue was more with the fact that at full throttle everything still felt unpolished to me.

Preview screenshot

I’ve taken several swipes at the FSX graphical quality in the past, but it’s more just because you can see how much potential is lying untouched by the base engine when you use community mods. For example, this mod itself is the perfect way to spice things up and give yourself a game that looks how it should. This adds new ground textures to airports and removes that bland texture that fills up most of the world airports and instead replaces it with something far more detailed and authentic – it makes airports far more fun to be in and around rather than feeling like a rather uninteresting concrete jungle.

Having the ground looking as realistic and impressive as the actual aircraft that you are flying is vital to making sure that the full picture and story is told; what’s the point in flying an impressive, HD aircraft in a world where everything looks really smudged? With the help of these brilliant mods, though, you can put this problem to bed and create a far greater balance between the overall picture that FSX sells you. Instead of feeling grossly out of balance and touch, FSX airport ground texture upgrades can be the way to make everything look a bit more realistic once again.

Realism is vital for anyone who wishes to see a flight simulator that replicates the feelings and emotions of the real thing – if you can’t get that genuine excitement and fear, even just for a few seconds, then it’s not real enough for you. It has to feel authentic otherwise there really is little point in taking part – this is what simple mods such as this can bring to the game. When the airport you are flying out of feels as if it’s a key part in the journey you are about to make instead of an afterthought, it’s much easier to enjoy yourself when flying an aircraft such as this.

It’s got everything that you could possibly need, really – it’s got the quality down in terms of the aircrafts visuals, and its performances match up to what I was l hoping for. You won’t notice any performance drops like we were speaking about at the start – instead, you shouldn’t even notice any changes in performance despite the rather massive increase in the textures that you have made.

So what are you waiting for? Stop looking at the fake ground and change it up right away – I cannot recommend this absolute game-changer enough.

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe is a flight sim enthusiast who has been simming since the days of FS95. Adam writes all of the download section editorials after testing each of the files. Adam has extensive knowledge using various flight simulator packages and thoroughly tests the files before writing about them. Adam also like to fly real-world aircraft in his spare time and is training for his PPL.

Should you wish, you can contact Adam via email at adam@flyawaysimulation.com.

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Installation Instructions

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mostafa mahmoodThu, 21 Oct 2021 19:11:04 GMT

Does this include changing the texture of the landing strip or not?

skairunnerThu, 27 Jun 2019 08:39:41 GMT

The only flaw is that taxiways don't tile very well--artifacts are noticeable at low altitudes, say 30 ft above taxiway.

yourmomSat, 17 Jun 2017 17:44:33 GMT

Very nice package, adds great scenery to the ground when I taxi and land, and looks realistic compared to looking at the ground at airports put of a window during taxi, takeoff, and landing.

ChaseskySat, 09 May 2015 19:03:57 GMT

I love these textures, but there's one thing that bugs me. IT seems as though the turns are still default taxiway lines. I dont know if this is because I installed it wrong or something, but i think i did it correctly. Thanks for the awesome textures. Thanks!

T-BonepilotTue, 30 Jun 2009 19:56:14 GMT
Very detailed taxiways! I really enjoy making FSX having better scenery, and this, well this, is amazing. Thanks! Can you do runway textures, too that has tire marks and stuff like that? :D
RittSeaTue, 27 Nov 2007 15:34:54 GMT
Improves the overall ground experience and makes everything much more real. Worth it!
AirAustinTue, 31 Jul 2007 23:20:37 GMT
It did improve the ground scenery at airports, but after I added this add-on, there were a lot of cracks where in real life there aren`t any in that spot. However, it made most airports more realistic, and the rest of it, no problem.
howard12Sat, 28 Jul 2007 01:30:41 GMT
worth having definately!
dot4dashMon, 25 Jun 2007 00:40:34 GMT
Gamalier Padilla made it simple. I will be look for more of his work.
daniel_spitznerThu, 08 Mar 2007 20:04:36 GMT
This all new scenery recreates a very exclusive quality while running Flight Simulator. It do works absolutely fine without no game-error. I recommend this for every simmer.
mheWed, 31 Jan 2007 00:33:15 GMT
Only a little download, but it makes a real difference...
littlejoeTue, 26 Dec 2006 18:24:54 GMT
nice job really adds to the runways!

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