FlightGear Newsletter December 2017

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December 2017

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.

In the hangar

Updated aircraft

User "iamzac" on the FlightGear forums has improved various general aviation aircraft with ALS effects. Aircraft improved include the Tecnam-P92-Echo, Diamond-Da42-VI, Tecnam-2006, Tecnam-2010, ATR-72, Falcon-50, Piaggio-P180, and Do-228. You can explore all his improved aircraft by searching his post history at the FlightGear forums.

AI

Updated AI Traffic 2017

Throughout 2017 many members of the community have been busy developing AI Traffic, AI Aircraft, and AI Liveries, including SP-KOK and BecOzlacan (Ian). Both of these have been very active and the community has been able to:

  • Add various lighting effects to AI aircraft
  • Update TAROM, Wizzair, Rossiya, UTair, Jet2, Air Transat, Belavia, Qatar , TAP Portugal, Swiss, Helvetic, Austrian, HOP, AirSerbia, British Airways, LOT, Thai Airways, and Czech Airlines among others
  • Add Santa Barbara, EL AL, Travel Service, Kuwait, Air Baltic, Montenegro Airlines, Loganair, Wideroe, Fly Dubai, Norwegian, and Blue Air

We look forward to seeing what the community can achieve in 2018!

Cquote1.png Making traffic files is the perfect place for you to get your feet wet on contributing to FlightGear. There is plenty of documentation about it. You have all the existing traffic files as reference material and examples of the finished product. They are only XML format text files that contain the routes. Go for it, I'm sure the contributors that currently do a lot of this would be more than happy to verify that your work is up to standards and help you get it committed to fgdata. [1]
— Wlbragg
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Scenery corner

OSM

Since FlightGear version 2017.2, FlightGear has a greater support of OSM data within FlightGear. Some parts of the world now have OSM2CITY data in Terrasync, while others remain custom sceneries. Some of these custom sceneries include:

Other areas with OSM data can be found at this wiki page.

Land cover

D-ECHO and his work

D-ECHO has created various custom sceneries througout 2017 for many different areas. They can all be found at his GitHub page, including:

  • Helgoland
  • Guadeloupe, Dominica, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Windward Islands
  • Lucia and Martinique
  • TNCS
  • Azores
  • Parts of Norway, including the Sogne and Fjordane, the Lofoten and the area around Oslo
  • Many others

The Azores are available on TerraSync with the long-term goal of having every of the custom sceneries available via TerraSync.

Community

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.

Until It Ends Euro Tour 2017

To celebrate the holiday season, J Maverick 16 has organized a short, multi-leg European tour event consisting of four flights across some well-developed airports in the continent which happened from Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th, gathering a good number of pilots. Find out more at the FlightGear Forums!

Translators needed

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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 2017 is On route to Nyingchi by sidi762

On route to Nyingchi

If you want to participate in the screenshot contest of January 2018, 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 2018

Screenshot(s) of the Year 2017

The contest this year had many great screenshots, making it a difficult choice! The poll eventually ended in a tie, with the two winning screenshots being...

1. Having some fun in the Basque Country by xcvb

Having some fun in the Basque Country

2. Jurassic Park by Thorsten

Jurassic Park

Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter December 2017!

References
  1. wlbragg (July 10th, 2017, 2:07 pm). Re: Saudia Traffic.