FlightGear Newsletter April 2018

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April 2018

We would like to emphasize that the monthly newsletter can not live without the contributions of FlightGear users and developers. Everyone with a wiki account (free to register) is welcome to contribute to the newsletter. If you know about any FlightGear related news or projects such as for example updated scenery or aircraft, please do feel invited to add such news to the newsletter.

Development news

Grouping Checklists

Ever got frustrated by being unable to select the right checklist from the Help->Checklist dialog? Your problems may now be solved - FlightGear now supports grouping of checklists.

Checklists can now optionally be grouped together under a <group> node in the property tree, with each group given a descriptive name. For example:

 <group>
  <name>Emergency</name>
  <checklist>...
  <checklist>...
 </group>
 <group>
  <name>Ground</name>
  <checklist>...
  <checklist>...
 </group>

This is supported within the Checklist dialog, and also by the FG1000.

FG1000 Update

Speaking of the FG1000, this now has pages for the current flightplan and checklists, as well as a fully functional moving map and PFD. It is available from the Debug menu for those running in in development mode. The current status can be found here: FG1000


AI

Improvements April 2018

In April some great contributions to AI traffic have been pushed to Git. Ian (BecOzlcan) created new detailed AI liveries for new timetables by SP-KOK. He reviewed these traffic files and pushed all to Git: CORSAIR, Iraqi Airways, Azerbaijan Airlines

The timetable for RBA Royal Brunei got updated. Ian also wrote new traffic files and created liveries for AeroMexico and NordStar. For this russian airline he modelled a new aircraft, the ATR 42-500 (AT5) (a short version of the ATR 72).

The AI team makes FlightGear more realistic, colorful and lively every month. You can support the important development of Interactive Traffic and contribute at the FlightGear AI forums.

Community news

FlightGear on YouTube

These two videos showcase FlightGear v2018. The first is a helicopter flight near Mount Etna, highlighting the new volcano feature. The second is a flight in Italy again, but in a Cessna 172P, showing very nice scenery and weather.

FlightGear Active Volcano - Mount Etna

FlightGear 2018.2.0 | LIDG - LIPM

FlightGear on Facebook

Since early December 2010, FlightGear has an official Facebook page. If you have a Facebook account please feel free to join the page.

FlightGear on Google+

Since November 2011 there is a FlightGear page on Google+. If you haven't done so already, please add us to your circle and stay up to date on the latest FlightGear news, cool screenshots and release info.

FlightGear on Instagram

In January 2018 the @flightgear_sim Instagram account was brought back to life. If you've got nice screenshots to be featured, feel free to contact the maintainer.

Hardware reviews

Cockpit building

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DIY FNPT Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer This is a link to a Wikipedia article based on FgPanel and Arduino interfaces.

Contributing

Translators needed

En.gif The FlightGear Wiki still needs help for translating it into various languages. If you are interested in making the FlightGear Wiki multilingual, you can start by looking at Help:Translate.
Fr.gif Le wiki de FlightGear a toujours besoin d'aide pour être traduit en différentes langues. Si vous êtes intéressé par le rendre multilingue, commencez par lire Help:Traduire.
De.gif Das FlightGear Wiki benötigt immer noch Hilfe bei der Übersetzung in verschiedene Sprachen. Wenn Du Interesse daran hast, das FlightGear Wiki mehrsprachig zu machen, dann fang mit dem Help:Übersetzen an.
Nl.gif De FlightGear Wiki kan nog steed hulp gebruiken bij het vertalen van artikelen. Als je interesse hebt om de wiki meertalig te maken, raden we je aan om een kijkje te nemen bij Help:Vertalen.
Es.gif La wiki de FlightGear todavía necesita ayuda para traducirla a varios lenguajes. Si estás interesado en hacer la FlightGear wiki multilingüe, entonces comienza en Help:Traducir.
Cat.gif La wiki de FlightGear encara necessita ajuda per traduir-la a diverses llengües. Si esteu interessat en fer la wiki de FlightGear multilingüe, llavors comenceu a Help:Traduir.
Pt.gif A wiki de FlightGear ainda necessita de ajuda para traduzi-la em vários idiomas. Se estás interessado em tornar a wiki de FlightGear multi-lingual, por favor começa em Help:Traduzir.
Zh.gif FlightGear 百科仍然需要志愿者将其翻译为各种语言。如果你有兴趣让FlightGear百科支持更多语言, 你可以查看 Help:Translate.

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 First Screenshot of the Month April 2018 is Stormy by StuartC

Stormy - StuartC

FlightGear's Second Screenshot of the Month April 2018 is Ready to go by sidi762

Ready to go - sidi762

If you want to participate in the screenshot contest of May, you can submit your candidate to this forum topic. Be sure to see the first post for participation rules. For purposes of convenience and organization, after all the entries have been submitted, a new forum topic will be started containing all shots in an easy-to-view layout. The voting will then take place there. Once the voting has finished, the best screenshot will be presented in the Newsletter edition of May 2018.

Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter April 2018!