FlightGear Newsletter June 2016

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June 2016

Development news
New fonts added
In the hangar
Aucafly T1
GTA V Washington
GTA IV Tampa
New BAe Sea Harrier version
DHC-6 Twin Otter development

Scenery Corner
Naval aviation for next release
Canary Islands improvements

Contributing
Translators required
FlightGear logos
Screenshots
Screenshot of the Month

Development news

New fonts added

Erik Hofman has added Keshikan's excellent 7- and 14-segment display font family to FGData.[1] They are in the TrueType format, and are located in fgdata/Fonts/DSEG. This adds 50 types of LED/LCD fonts in one package. The motivation for this was his need of one for Canvas which the current fgdata/Fonts/7-Segment.ttf font did not provide. You can read more about the fonts here. See also this image.

In the hangar

Aucafly T1

The Aucafly T1 has been released. It can be found in GitHub. See also the official website.

GTA V Washington

The GTA V Washington has been released. It can be found in GitHub. See also the official website.

GTA IV Tampa

The GTA IV Tampa has been updated. It can be found in GitHub. See also the official website.

New BAe Sea Harrier version

The 2.5.0 version of the British Aerospace Sea Harrier has been released. This version includes the following changes:

  • Nasal code style cleaned up
  • All XML files encoded in UTF-8 w/o BOM; encoding added in headers
  • Throttle and thrust vector levers fixed.
  • Canvas HDD properly integrated
  • Start Canvas-based radar
  • All paths are now relative
  • Some changes to the cockpit
  • Some more bugfixes
  • New splash texture
  • License changed back to GNU GPL v2

The new version can be downloaded from here.

DHC-6 Twin Otter development

Over the last few weeks, the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter received several updates, including:

  • 3D Models for the pilots. Users can hide/show them by pressing Shift+y.
  • Major enhancement of the simulation of systems and instruments. The aircraft now features two independent pitot and static systems, one for the pilot's instruments, and the other for the copilot's instruments. If the pitot tubes get iced, it will disable the whole pitot system, not just the airspeed indicator. In addition to this, a second KI206 VOR indicator was added to enhance the IFR capabilities of this aircraft.
  • A very first version of the hydraulic system has been added. At this time it only contains a gauge for the hydraulic pressure, and the pressure is dependent on the voltage output of the electrical system.
  • All switches are now animated with a smooth transition from one position into another.
  • A fully animated nose wheel steering lever has been added.

Scenery corner

Naval aviation for next release

As part of the new release, there's an opportunity for us to include some carrier aviation if we wanted to. The Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) operates the aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo, which happens to have previously been the French aircraft carrier Foch, which we have a working model for. They also happen to operate Douglas AF-1 Skyhawks (a variant of the A-4 Skyhawk), which we also have, albeit not in the appropriate livery and not quite up-to-date avionics. If anyone is interested in doing so, it might be a nice enhancement to include an AI scenario with the Foch off the coast of Rio, and include livery support on the A4 to match the Marinha do Brasil. As Brazil is one of the few countries operating CATOBAR aircraft carriers, it seems a fine opportunity to add an additional international flavour to the sim for the upcoming release.[2]

Canary Islands improvements

Users D-ECHO and Catalanoic have recently done some work on the Canary Islands. Their improvements include:

  • Dedicated textures for sandy and arid landscapes
  • Airport buildings and structures for GXCO, GCLA, GCGM, GCHI, GCLB, and others
  • Shared objects (canary houses and hotel)
  • Airport layout regeneration.

Find out more at the forum topic

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 June 2016 is Costa Brava by Catalanoic.

"Costa Brava" by Catalanoic


If you want to participate in the screenshot contest of July 2016, 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 July 2016.

References
  1. erik (Jun 25th, 2016). 7 and 14-segement display fonts.
  2. Stuart Buchanan (Jun 9th, 2016). [Flightgear-devel] Naval aviation in Brazil.