Final cleanup (I hope)
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== Development news ==
The shader is not production ready; it has some bugs and terrain (especially fog at horizon) does not match the looks of the skydome. This is a work in process, but might take some time, because the terrain shader is much harder than the skydome shader.
Meanwhile the shader is available in Git, and the various adjustable parameters are accessible in the Gui under View
=>Rendering Options =>Experimental Effects.
=== LinuxTrack headtracking software ===
[http://code.google.com/p/linux-track/ LinuxTrack] is an open source project that allows Linux and Mac users to use head tracking. It aims to support webcams, wiimote and TrackIR 4/5 for this purpose. Features include:
* Output data can be used locally or sent to network
a FlightGear support was added. At this time it was tested to work with FlightGear versions 1.9.1, 2.0 and from GIT. Instructions on how to run LinuxTrack with FlightGear are available in the README.ltr_pipe file located in the "doc" directory of the project's source tree. Source code is available from svn repository:
Project's home page: http://code.google.com/p/linux-track/
== In the hangar ==
=== New instruments ===
Unfortunately, the terrain display has several drawbacks. It is very pixelated because [[FlightGear]] cannot handle very many [[Nasal#geodinfo.28.29|terrain elevation calculations]] at once. Therefore, the map has the ability to display "low-resolution" terrain mode (minimal FPS impact) and "high-resolution" terrain mode (severe FPS impact).
777 chronometer ====
The [[Boeing 777-200ER]]'s chronometer has been moved to the generic instruments directory (<tt>Aircraft/Instruments-3d/chronometer</tt>). This allows aircraft developers to easily implement this clock in their aircraft. All related Nasal code was included in the model xml file, so there's really just one file to be linked to! Some aircraft already make use of this clock, including the [[Boeing 747-400]] and [[Boeing 757-200|757-200]].
=== New aircraft ===
=== Vostok-1 ===[[Image:Vostok-1-Carrier-News.png|
thumb|Vostok-1 Carrier]][[Image:Vostok-1-News.png| thumb|Vostok-1 Spacecraft]][[Image:Vostok-1-Interior-News.png| thumb|Vostok-1 Interior ]]
To celebrate Yury Gagarin's historical flight, [[Vostok-1]] carrier and spacecraft were added to FlightGear. In heavy development still, it already allows full orbital flight from lift-off to landing, making it perform the first spaceflight in FlightGear.
Authors and developers, since orbital flight is possible in FlightGear from now on, you are invited to make a FlightGear driven Mercury-Atlas project. Low earth orbit flights can be more exact and eyecandy in FlightGear than in any current simulator. And you can be sure it will be free for you and users in any case.
[[Image:Bk117cockpitdev.jpg|thumb|BK 117 cockpit in developement (Blender)]]
While work on the fdm is mostly finished and only small things on the exterior model have to be done, work on the cockpit of the
[[BK 117]] has begun and is making good progress. The cockpit will be detailed and make use of photorealistic textures and as
The images for the textures are taken by the former user and developer heliflyer, who was an emergency doctor on [[Bo105]], BK117 and EC135 in Northern Germany.
Vinura has started work on developing a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TARDIS#The_Doctor.27s_TARDIS Doctor Who TARDIS] for FlightGear. The exterior model is almost complete in SketchUp. Click [http://www.flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=11738 here] for the development thread.
=== Updated aircraft ===
==== ATR 72-500 ====
After a long five months, [[User:Skyop|Skyop]] has completed the [[ATR 72-500]], which finally features a complete cockpit and aircraft systems. Highlights include an advanced autopilot, hydraulics system, tiller steering system, an interior cabin, and new documentation. The aircraft has been committed to [[FlightGear and Git|Git]] and will hopefully be available in the next release of FlightGear. It is now one of the most advanced turboprops for FlightGear, right behind the [[B1900d]].
==== A340-600 ====Rumour has it that our A340-600 is now completely different... Users will get to see it in next months newsletter.
==== Gloster Meteor F.3 ====
As per a suggestion from Gooneybird, [[User:Armchair Ace|Armchair Ace]] has extensively developed the Gloster Meteor F.3's cockpit. At the same time, Jentron has started work on a highly detailed JSBsim FDM, using tools such as DATCOM.
=== New generic buildings ===
=== Airports ===
Details of development and future updates can be followed on the [http://www.flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11556 topic] specially created on [http://www.flightgear.org/forums/index.php forum]. The airport models and terrain will be available in a few days for to be downloaded in [http://www.grafikavirtual.com/fgfs Horacio's hangar], and later available on FG model database.
=== Brussel airports project ===
''It's all work in progress, and not yet available in the official FlightGear scenery (nor TerraSync). But of course, it's licensed under GNU GPL v2 and its goal is to be included into the official scenery, or at least stay GPL'ed. If you are curious you can look at the work in progress which is [https://gitorious.org/dvanmosselbeen/flightgear-custom-scenery available through Git]''
Have fun and see you soon hanging around EBBR
== Screenshot of the month ==
== Suggested flights ==
Departing from Brisbane International Airport and heading towards Sydney International Airport at a heading of about 203, you will come across some beautiful scenery.
== Aircraft reviews ==
=== '''''The Good old Cessna Citation X''''' ===
I hope to do a monthly review of a specific aircraft. I can't guarantee that I will get to do it every month though because I do have other stuff to attend to.
It has a tutorial system built in for people wanting to fly one. '''''This was the first jet plane that I could actually land properly in.''''' It also has several nice camera views, including views from the passenger seats.
* [http://www.flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=11551 Mayday 1 Forum Pages]
== And finally ... ==
=== Contributing ===