FlightGear Newsletter April 2016

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April 2016

Development news
IR vision
Scenery LOD rationalization
In the hangar
Melbourne Motor Design Alpha One
Bombardier Q400
Parachutist

Scenery Corner
Barcelona
Community News
FGPromo: A FlightGear Promotional Video

Contributing
Translators required
FlightGear logos
Screenshots
Screenshot of the Month

Development news

IR vision

The ALS rendering framework has been upgraded to allow filtering of the final output. This includes in-sim adjustments of brightness and gamma as well as perhaps more exciting features like night vision and especially the IR vision mode.

ALS IR vision example

This mode is not just a black-and-white rendered mockup of an IR camera, but it shows genuine temperature differences based on solar input, thermal inertia of different materials and more. Also, modelers can assign emissive temperatures to objects which are then consistently rendered.

Read more at ALS infrared vision

Scenery LOD rationalization

Previously, the LOD ranges of random objects, trees, buildings and STG objects were set variously by materials.xml and fixed values. This was very inconsistent and wasn't controlled by the user. They have now been made consistent to use the /sim/rendering/static-lod/rough property which can be set from the LOD GUI dialog. The impact of this is twofold:

  • Scenery developers, and particularly those doing regional materials should not set the <tree-range-m> property for random vegetation or the <range-m> property for random objects.
  • Scenery models should not use the range animation to control when the entire model becomes visible. This is now set appropriately by the simulation itself. However, it may still be a good idea to use the range animation to hide small details.

In the hangar

Melbourne Motor Design Alpha One

The (fictional) Melbourne Motor Design Alpha One has been released. Download link and information are available here.

Bombardier Q400

The Bombardier Q400 (formerly the dhc8-400 by Alex Park) has received a major update including fully remodeled and new systems by Florian K and D-ECHO. You can follow the development on the GitHub repository

Parachutist

The parachutist has been added to FGAddon. Originally developed by Creare, it has been improved by Erik Hofman, and now supports both free-fall and parachuting.

Scenery corner

Barcelona

The scenery around the Barcelona–El Prat Airport has been improved ahead of the FlightGear v2016.2 release. Changes include:

  • 3D objects optimization
  • More static buildings in the area
  • More shared objects

Community news

FGPromo: A FlightGear Promotional Video

After more than 5 months of hard work, FGPromo, a video showing off FlightGear at its finest, has been released!

Contributing

Translators required

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FlightGear logos

If you want some graphic elements for your FlightGear-related site (such as a hangar or YouTube channel), please feel free to visit FlightGear logos for a repository of logos. And if you have some art skills, please don't hesitate to contribute with your own design creations.

Screenshots

The FlightGear project always needs screenshots, which show features that were added since the last release. These should be of good quality, especially in content and technical image properties. It is therefore recommended to use the best viable filter settings (anti-aliasing, texture sharpening, etc.). More info at Howto:Make nice screenshots.

Screenshot of the Month

FlightGear's Screenshot of the Month April 2016 is Gliding in Catalonia by Dg-505

Gliding in Catalonia by Dg-505