FlightGear Newsletter May 2018

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May 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

FlightGear 2018.2.1 Released

The FlightGear project is pleased to announce the 2018.2.1 Honolulu release! Torsten Dreyer posted on the mailing list[1]

Cquote1.png Dear all,

I have just pushed the files for the 2018.2.1 release of FlightGear to our primary host at https://sourceforge.net/projects/flightgear/files/release-2018.2/ Within the next few hours you should be able to download your copy from one of their mirrors.

We still have to complete a few items of our virtual release checklist:

  • post an announcement to the forum
  • update the wiki
  • write a changelog
  • spread the word

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this fantastic project!

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As always, the latest release can be downloaded from https://sourceforge.net/projects/flightgear/files/release-2018.2/, and the changelog is found at Changelog 2018.2.

Stay tuned for the 2018.2.2 bugfix released, bringing launcher bugfixes and more!

New software tools and projects

TerraMaster Update

TerraMaster was updated to build 1.13 on May 24th 2018. The latest version may be obtained from https://portree-kid.github.io/terramaster/ and corrects a bug "that would affect users which DNS might not always reply correctly". Find out more at the FlightGear forums.

In the hangar

Updated aircraft

The IDG-MD-11X received a massive update in the past few weeks, adding an improved electrical system, autobrake, and an all-new ignition system, allowing the aircraft to be started manually at last. Furthermore, using new technology from 2018.1, the engine spool rates were adjusted. The aircraft, which now requires 2018.1 or later, may be obtained from it0uchpods Hangar.

The IDG-A32X and IDG-A33X also received many FCS improvements, and the improved spool system, meaning that they also require 2018.1 or later. They also may be obtained from it0uchpods Hangar.

New aircraft

D-ECHO has started work on the SR22T with JSBSim FDM, the development version (WIP) can be found here.
An overview of the SR22T cockpit

Scenery corner

Airports

North East Italian airports improved

Shared 3D models have been recently submitted and included in Terrasync for the following Italian airfields: LIDK, LIPA, LIPD, LIPI, LIPQ, LIPS and LIPV.

AI

AI traffic

In May some great contributions to AI traffic have been pushed to Git. Ian (BecOzlcan) created some detailed AI liveries and traffic files for two new airlines "Air Vanuatu" and "Windrose Airlines" (traffic by SP-KOK).

Some airliners also got new liveries (by Ian) to match updated timetables of their airlines. They are "AUI Ukraine International" (777-200 or 77L) (traffic update by SP-KOK), "AeroMexico" & "AeroMexico Connect", "Air Algerie" (ATR72), "AirMoldova" and "LOT Polish Airline" (789)

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

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.

Multiplayer events

Upcoming events

Unity Flight

User Swamp has proposed a VFR flight in June to help relieve tension and stress in the community. Find out more at the forums!

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 May 2018 is Welcome to São Paulo by lomar

Welcome to São Paulo - lomar

FlightGear's Second Screenshot of the Month May 2018 is Perfect Weather by legoboyvdlp

Perfect Weather - legoboyvdlp

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

Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter May 2018!

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