Installing Sceneries in Condor

I got an email from a Condor Corner reader asking for some help in downloading and installing Condor Sceneries, and for help with joining an online race.  Instead of answering him directly, I thought I might post the information here so others can benefit.  This post is a small excerpt from my upcoming book 'Cross Country Soaring with Condor'.   A subsequent post will be another excerpt dealing with joining an online race.

Downloading and Installing Sceneries:

Condor sceneries are complete descriptions of a flying area, usually measuring hundreds of kilometers on a side.  Terrain elevation information is usually very accurate, as it is derived from worldwide GPS elevation maps.  Other information, like trees, roads, rivers, etc may be more or less complete, depending on the skill and pain tolerance of the designer, and range from sparse (Sierra Nevada, Rio Grande) to wonderfully rich (West Swiss, Alpi).  All Condor sceneries reside in the Condor\Landscapes folder, with a separate folder for each scenery, i.e. c:\program files\condor\landscapes\Seirra Nevada.  Installing a new scenery is simply the process of loading the new scenery files into the proper subfolder in the Landscapes folder

Scenery downloads come in two basic forms – a self-executing install file that does all the work for you, or a compressed file (ZIP or 7Z) that must be extracted to the proper place in the Condor folder tree.  The figure below shows a partial layout of my c:\program files\landscape folder, with the Appalachia subfolder partially expanded.  In the figure, note the ‘Appalachia.cup’ file; this is a standard SeeYou compatible waypoints file that can be used just like any other waypoints file for an external PDA.  It can also be loaded directly into SeeYou, and then saved in other waypoint formats if your PDA doesn’t support .CUP files.

Executable Install File:

To install a scenery that uses a self-executing install program, simply download the file, launch it (double-click) to execute the install program, and sip coffee while it does its thing.  After the install completes, the new subfolder can be found in c:\program files\condor\landscapes.  An example of this style is the very popular Mifflin scenery, available from as Mifflin_Setup.exe.

Compressed Scenery File:

Download the scenery file to your PC.  For example, go to and download the Sierra_Nevada_1.1.ZIP file

Manually extract the compressed files into the proper place in the Condor folder tree.  For WinZip files, this can usually be accomplished by right-clicking on the downloaded ZIP file and selecting ‘Extract To…’.  This brings up a dialog allowing you to choose the folder where the extraction will start.  Navigate to C:\Program Files\Condor\Landscapes and click ‘OK’.

Some compressed scenery packages come in the alternative .7Z compression format.  If you have downloaded one of these packages, you will need to also download and install the free 7Zip extraction program from or update your WinZip program to one of the later versions that also supports the .7Z extension (I have WinZip v15 pro and it handles .7Z).  Installing a .7Z package is very similar to installing a .ZIP one – simply set the extraction point to c:\program files\condor\landscapes.

As always, comments are welcome!

Frank (TA)

Frank Paynter

Dr. Frank (TA) Paynter has a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He retired from a successful 25-year civil-service career in 1993 and spent the next 15 years as a antenna researcher at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, retiring again in 2008 to become a full-time soaring bum.He is the author of the book “Cross Country Soaring with Condor”, co-authors (along with Scott Manley) the popular Condor Corner column for ‘Soaring’ magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Condor section at with Mark Hawkins, he is part owner of Hawke Tracking, the company that provides SPOT tracking services for contests and clubs. Before soaring came along, Frank was a national champion skydiver and still holds the record for the most number of consecutive dead-centers in skydiving competition. Frank started soaring in the mid-1990’s at Caesar’s Creek Soaring Club near Waynesville, Ohio and instantly fell in love with Cross-Country racing. Now he goes to as many contests as his wife of over 30 years will allow, and spends his winter months racing and instructing in Condor.

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  5 comments for “Installing Sceneries in Condor

  1. Ted Diehl
    February 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks Frank. I have been scratching my head trying to figure this out and now I know.

  2. Jarek Ciupinski
    June 11, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I wish all the sceneries were just packed in zip file, but many are just self-extracting execs that state that I don't have 1.1.2 or 1.0.7 version installed. While I have 1.1.4… Even software to fix that problem does exactly the same thing which is even more annoying.

    • June 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm


      What scenery are you trying to install. I've never had a problem with the 'executable' type scenery install, but I admit I don't have all of them (who does?)


  3. Mike
    March 10, 2014 at 1:09 am

    I have downloaded the Logan Utah zip file into a folder on my desktop four times and from that folder extracted the file to the landscape file in condor as many times without any luck.
    What could I possibly be doing wrong??

  4. December 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    im trying to install Patagonia and it has 4 Textures part 1 on 4
    598.86 MiB
    Textures part 2 on 4
    596.40 MiB
    Textures part 3 on 4
    572.67 MiB
    Textures part 4 on 4
    how do we install thease ive tried and I get the airport with no seenery

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