FlightGear Newsletter December 2016

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December 2016

Development news
ALS chute animation effect
ALS model shader options for glossy surfaces

In the hangar
Aérospatiale/Westland Gazelle
Bobcat Volanti
Community News
Article on FlightSim.com

Contributing
Translators required
FlightGear logos
Screenshots
Screenshot of the Month

Development news

ALS chute animation effect

The ALS effect suite has been expanded by an animation effect for parachutes. The effect simulates the deformation of a round parachute under stresses. The chute changes form and behavior depending on how much drag it supplies, and can even be made to go through a plausible series of motions when jettisoned.

Drag chute separation sequence 1 Drag chute separation sequence 2

Read more on the ALS effect wiki page.

ALS model shader options for glossy surfaces

The model shader has some issues with preserving the colors when using environment reflections. In particular, a white glossy fuselage might appear grey when adding reflections (left). Using the new "grain merge" option, the color can be preserved much better (right).

Effect of color mixing in a reflection Effect of grain merge in reflection

In addition, the reflection has been augmented by a small-angle configurable Fresnel enhancement.

Read more on the ALS effect wiki page.

In the hangar

Aérospatiale/Westland Gazelle

FlightGear Gazelle V1.0
The FGUK Development team are absolutely ecstatic to be able to announce the release of their Aérospatiale/Westland Gazelle for FlightGear. Encompassing not only the Aérospatiale but also the Westland models with the differences modeled between them, this is a real delight for anyone with an interest in these fantastic helicopters.
Promo video for the Gazelle v1.0

More photos on the FGUK Facebook Page

Download here

Bobcat Volanti

Bobcat Volanti has been released. It is a fictional helicopter and body is based off GTA Vice City Bobcat.

Bobcat Volanti

Community news

Article on FlightSim.com

Thorsten published a very interesting article on FlightSim.com where he describes some features of atmospheric light scattering, including haze, sun phenomena, sunrise, aurora borealis and some aircraft effects. This article also shows some very beautiful screenshots which have been never published anywhere else.

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 December 2016 is Morning patrol over Coblenz, November 1944 by Jonathan S.

Morning patrol over Coblenz, November 1944


If you want to participate in the screenshot contest of January 2017, 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 January 2017.