FlightGear Newsletter March 2017

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March 2017

Development news
ALS HUD effect
G-force ALS tunnel-vision and greyout
Faster canvas text drawing

In the hangar
Updated Pilatus PC-9M and Fokker Dr.1
Updated Helicopter EC130 B4 / EC130 T2 (H130)
Scenery Corner
Juneau International Airport

Contributing
Translators required
FlightGear logos
Screenshots
Screenshot of the Month

Development news

ALS HUD effect

The atmospheric light scattering rendering framework adds support to render canvas-based head-up displays in a more plausible way so that they look like light projected on glass and less like symbols printed onto the surface.

Comparison between a bare canvas HUD (left) and the ALS HUD shader run over it (right)

The effect also includes all the features of the glass effect (scratches, glare, icing, fogging, damage,...) and is based on running a blur and color post-processing over the canvas image. It is easy to add to any canvas HUD. Read more...

G-force ALS tunnel-vision and greyout

If running in ALS with ALS filters enabled, there will now instead of just the screen go black at high G-force also be tunnel-vision and greyout.

Blackout shaders in effect

Faster canvas text drawing

The updateText() method is now available in the canvas API. This is intended to reduce property I/O and improve performance in situations where a display item changes only rarely rather than per frame (like AP mode strings or a course selection). The updateText() method only writes the property if the text string has actually changed from the last update cycle.

In the hangar

Updated Pilatus PC-9M and Fokker Dr.1

Both the Pilatus PC-9M and the Fokker Dr.1 have undergone a cosmetic update by applying all the appropriate shaders. In both cases this was the reflection shader and the bumpmap shader and in case of the PC-9 also interior cockpit glass shaders. The Fokker Dr.1 is close to finished and the Pilatus PC-9M will get the 'detailed Cessna C-172P' treatment in the coming months.

Pilatus PC-9M in reflective factory demonstrator livery
Fokker Dr.1 heading home

Updated Airbus Helicopter EC130 B4 / EC130 T2 (H130)

The EC130 B4 helicopter has received a younger sibling model the EC130 T2 or H130 (the new Airbus designation).

H130 Air Zermatt

The new H130 has a modified instrument panel, stronger engine, modified doors on right side and other small changes to the fuselage. Several new liveries for the new model were added including a beautiful Air-Zermatt version.

Updates/additions for both variants include a full autostart capability which is enabled after 5 flights (previous 15), an improved FDM for more stable hover behaviour, Co-Pilot, Passenger and a Patient model in EMS variant. Passengers and new Luggage can be added by click animations and even Skis can be put into the baskets. MP behaviour was improved, Tooltips with feedback like fuel amount, refuelling via mouse-wheel and fixes for FG 2017 were done.

Scenery corner

Juneau International Airport

Catalanoic has added buildings and 3D objects to Juneau International Airport (PAJN, JNU) in Alaska, USA.

Contributing

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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 March 2017 is Sea of clouds by Thorsten

Sea of clouds

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