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FlightGear Newsletter June 2016

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{{draft|newsletter|Please feel free to add content that you think will be of interest to the FlightGear community.<br>You can read the latest newsletter at [[FlightGear Newsletter May 2016]].}}
 
{{Newsletter-header|June 2016}}
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{{Newsletter-cover-header|Development news}}<br>
[[#New fonts added|New fonts added]]<br>
{{Newsletter-cover-header|In the hangar}}<br>
[[#Aucafly T1|Aucafly T1]]<br>
[[#GTA IV Tampa|GTA IV Tampa]]<br>
[[#New BAe Sea Harrier version|New BAe Sea Harrier version]]<br>
[[#DHC-6 Twin Otter development|DHC-6 Twin Otter development]]<br>
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{{Newsletter-cover-header|Scenery Corner}}<br>
[[#Naval aviation for next release|Naval aviation for next release]]<br>
[[#Canary Islandsimprovements|Canary Islandsimprovements]]<br>{{Newsletter-cover-header|Community News}}<br>
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{{Newsletter-cover-header|Contributing}}<br>
== Development news ==
 === 7 and 14-segement display New fonts for Canvasadded === Erik Hofman has added Keshikan's excellent 7 - and 14 -segment display font family to FGData under Fonts/DSEG because he needed one for Canvas which the current 7-Segment.ttf font did not provide.This adds 50 types of LED/LCD fonts in one package: [http://www.keshikan.net/fonts-e.html http://www.keshikan.net/fonts-e.html] (see the [http://www.keshikan.net/img/dseg_sample_mini.png linked image])<ref>{{cite web |url = https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?pf=289549#p289549 14&t=29920 |title = <nowiki> 7 and 14-segement display fonts </nowiki> |author = <nowiki> erik </nowiki> |date = Jun 25th, 2016 |added = Jun 25th}}</ref> They are in the TrueType format, 2016 and are located in {{fgdata file|script_version = 0Fonts/DSEG}}.40 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 file|Fonts/7-Segment.ttf}}<font did not provide. You can read more about the fonts [http:/ref>/www.keshikan.net/fonts-e.html here]. See also [http://www.keshikan.net/img/dseg_sample_mini.png this] image.
== In the hangar ==
The new version can be downloaded from [https://www.dropbox.com/s/761eqxg8al72729/harrier%20v2.5.0.zip?dl=0 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 {{key press|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.
<gallery mode="packed">
Aucafly_T1Aucafly T1.png|Aucafly T1GTA_V_WashingtonGTA V Washington.jpg|GTA V Washington
GTA IV Tampa.png|GTA IV Tampa
Cockpit-Sea-Harrier.png|Cockpit of the 2.5.0 version of the Sea Harrier
Twin Otter cockpit - 29 June 2016.jpg|Twin Otter cockpit as of June 29, 2016
</gallery>
== 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 (aka a variant of the [[Douglas A-4 Skyhawk|A4 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 {{abbr|CATOBAR |Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery}} aircraft carriers, it seems a fine opportunity to add an additional international flavour to the sim for the upcoming release.<ref>{{cite web |url = https://sourceforge.net/p/flightgear/mailman/message/35147566/ |title = <nowiki> [Flightgear-devel] Naval aviation in Brazil </nowiki> |author = <nowiki> Stuart Buchanan </nowiki> |date = Jun 9th, 2016 |added = Jun 9th, 2016 |script_version = 0.40 }}</ref> === Canary Islands ===[https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=29773 Some work] in the Canary Islands, in [[Custom Spain and Portugal Scenery|Spain]]; dedicated textures for sandy and arid landscapes, airport buildings and structures (GXCO, GCLA, GCGM, GCHI, GCLB and others), shared objects (canary houses and hotel) and airport layout regeneration by [[User:D-ECHO|D-ECHO]] and [[User:Catalanoic|Catalanoic]].
== Community news =Canary Islands improvements ===Users {{usr|D-ECHO}} and {{usr|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 [https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=29773 the forum topic]…''
== Contributing ==
==== Screenshot of the Month ====
Entries for this monthFlightGear's best Screenshot of the Month June 2016 is ''Costa Brava'' by {{usr|Catalanoic}}. [[File:A320neo in flight.jpg|900px|center|"Costa Brava" by Catalanoic]]  If you want to participate in the screenshot contest of July 2016, you can be submitted submit your candidate to [https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=29720 29960 this] forum topic. Be sure to see the [https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2972029960#p287514 p289936 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 on this pagein the Newsletter edition of July 2016.
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