FlightGear Newsletter June 2018
- 1 New software tools and projects
- 2 In the hangar
- 3 AI
- 4 Scenery corner
- 5 Community news
- 6 Multiplayer events
- 7 Contributing
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.
New software tools and projects
TerraMaster was updated to build 1.17 on June 9th 2018. The latest version may be obtained from https://portree-kid.github.io/terramaster/ and corrects various bugs and crashes. Find out more at the FlightGear forums.
In the hangar
737-800 by Soitanen
Soitanen's Boeing 737-800 with a Canvas based PFD and ND, an improved FDM, and a new autopilot was added to FGADDON on the 8th of June.
The B-25 received an update early in July, animating the supercharger control levers, and fixing various bugs including the vertical speed indicator and multiplayer issues. The nose wheel is now castering. The F and f keys also shift blower speeds on both engines, not just the right engine.
The Liberator received an update by Alexandre Brenta which allows the dorsal turrets to rotate with the mouse using code by 5H1N0B1. In the future it is planned to extend this to the other turrets.
Marc Kraus imlemented some fixes for the Boeing 707, namely stopping fuel consumption while the simulator is paused, and fixing the cabin altitude.
June has been quite a bussy month for AI traffic development. Ian updated traffic and added liveries for S7 Siberian (ERJ 170 livery), Nordavia, Air North Yukon, Rusline, TunisAir, he also added TunisAirExpress, Air Bridge Cargo and Cargo Logic Air. SP-KOK contributed traffic files for LOT Polish Airlines (789, E70, AT7), SAS 736 and OnurAir. The team worked on Nouvelair and Pobeda (Liveries by Ian) and AirAstana (A320,321,763,752,E90 liveries by gooneybird). Gooneybird added an impressive ATR Nordica livery and started with a de Havilland Tiger Moth AI model.
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.
Scenery development news
Northern Ireland Custom Scenery
Legoboyvdlp (J Redpath) is working on a new custom scenery for Northern Ireland, including OSM roads, waterways, railways, coastline, CORINE 2006 landmass data, and SRTM-3 elevation. It also includes three small general aviation airfields not presently in TerraSync: Slive Croob, Tandragee, and Blackhill. While still in (slow) development, it is available for download at github.
LIRQ Florence Airport
Catalanoic has developed the international airport of Florence (LIRQ), the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany.
LGRP Rhodes International Airport
Catalanoic has developed the international airport of the island of Rhodes in Greece (LGRP).
FlightGear on FlightSim.com
Flightgear has now also a sub-forum on flightsim.com - just like the commercial flightsims. It is an opportunity to showcase what FG can do, get people curious and answer any questions they may have with regard to the software or the project.
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
A VFR flight proposed by user Swamp was held on June 24th in Alaska to help relieve tension and stress in the community. Takeoff was at 1800 UTC from PAHO (Homer) and PAVD (Valdez Pioneer), arrival 4 hours later at PAYA (Yakutat). User V12 posted some nice screenshots to the forums.
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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.
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 June 2018 is Stromboli's Power by J Maverick 16
FlightGear's Second Screenshot of the Month June 2018 is Diving into hell by GinGin
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 June 2018!