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The FlightGear development team is delighted to announce the v2020.3 LTS release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This is the second Long Term Support release for FlightGear, since the project changed to offering both Long Term Support releases, and more cutting-edge Preview releases. This release represents the culmination of two years of development effort by a worldwide group of volunteers, brought together by a shared ambition to create the most realistic flight simulator possible that is free to use, modify and distribute. FlightGear is used all over the world by desktop flight simulator enthusiasts, for research in universities and for interactive exhibits in museums.
Major enhancements since the v2018.3 LTS include: * a developer preview of the upcoming Compositor graphical rendering framework as a separate pre-built binary, * enhancements to both the JSBSim and YASim flight dynamics models* DDS texture caching to reduce load times* faster loading and more memory efficient buildings* improved aircraft carrier support
Additionally 30 completely new aircraft have been added to the official hangar, and a further 71 have received major updates.
Founded in 1997, FlightGear features more than 700 aircraft, a worldwide scenery database, a multiplayer environment, detailed sky modelling, a flexible and open aircraft modelling system, varied networking options, multiple display support, a powerful scripting language, and an open architecture. Best of all, being open-source, the simulator is owned by the community and everyone is encouraged to contribute.