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At the moment, we do not yet have sufficient community feedback from people running FG 2.6.0 - your help in updating the wiki would be appreciated. Please see [[Hardware Recommendations]] and [[Notebooks known to run FlightGear#FlightGear_2.6.0_systems|Notebooks for FlightGear 2.6.0]].
== Development news ==
=== Heads up: Project Rembrandt ===
As many of you may have heard already, Fred is currently making huge progress on adding shadows to FlightGear in [[Project Rembrandt]]. Now, F-JJTH ported the P92 to use the new system and posted a youtube video demonstrating [[Project Rembrandt]] at work. To provide feedback, please check out the the [http://flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=47&{{forum link|t=14883 |text=forum thread]}}.
|{{#ev:youtube|v02phoOqWHE|400||Project Rembrandt at work}}
|[[File:Project-rembrandt-cockpit-lighting.png|600px|Cockpit lighting in Project Rembrandt at work (by F-JJTH)]]
This was done entirely in scripting space using Nasal and XML animations. He's basically proven everbody wrong who ever claimed that complex instruments couldn't yet be created in scripting space. Apparently, he managed to create this instrument in less than 24 hrs. His first question related to this was about accessing trigonometric functions from Nasal, shortly thereafter he posted screen shots depicting his VSD.
To read up on the whole discussion, please see [http://flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&{{forum link|t=15200 |text=the forum topic]}}. There's work ongoing to turn his project into a new tutorial for the wiki on creating complex instruments in scripting space: [[Howto: Implement a Vertical Situation Display in Nasal]].
=== Glider winch launching ropes ===
=== New textures for container ship and freighter AI models ===
Starting from a hi-res panorama that he made, user Cristian Marchi (aka penta) provided new skins for the two AI ships that populates seas in flightgear. More info on the [http://www.flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=23&{{forum link|t=14856 |text=forum thread]}}.
|[[File:Ships-comparison.png|200px|thumb|left|Comparison between untextured and textured AI ships (by Cristian Marchi)]]
In order to be able to load the photographic scenery into flightgear, the program has to be compiled from source and the patch developed by Benoît Laniel for the Brest photographic scenery has to be applied. Step-by-step [http://fgphotoscenery.square7.ch#installation installation instructions] for this process are provided.
Discussions about fgphotoscenery take place this [http://www.flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&{{forum link|t=15174 |text=forum thread]}}.
== Aircraft of the month ==
The [[Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner]] has seen lots of improvements recently, as you can read elsewhere in this newsletter. Therefore it's February's "Aircraft of the month".
{{#ev:youtube|WlzEoCsJvz4|400||Aircraft of the Month - Boeing 787-8}}
== Airport of the month ==
== Screenshot of the month ==
[[File: Lightfield-1.1-14.jpg | 800px]]
A P-51D flying at 20.000 ft over Juneau (Alaska) at dawn using lightfield shaders to render the sunrise (see [http://www.flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=47&{{forum link|t=14755 |text=here] }} for the shader package for download).
== Suggested flights ==
Michat has designed small logos for Airport of the Month, Screenshot of the Month, Aircraft of the Month, [[Dual Control]], [[Bombable]], [[Soaring]], [[Howto:_Do_aerotow_over_the_net|Aerotow]], [[Howto:_Aerial_refueling|Air refueling]] and [[:Category:Aerospace|Aerospace]] aircraft, allowing you to see at a glance which aircraft has some of those interesting features.
[[File:Dualcontrolready2Dualcontrolready.png|Dual_control]] [[File:BombableReady.png|Bombable]] [[File:Aerotowready.png|Doing aerotow over the net]] [[File:Thermalready.png|Soaring]] [[File:Spacetripready.png|Aerospace]]
[[File:Aircraftofthemonth.png|IAR80]] [[File:Airrefuelingready.png]] [[File:Airportofthemonth.png]] [[File:Screenshotofthemonth.png]].
== Community news ==
=== FlightGear on FSBreak ===
Two of FlightGear's developers, Stuart and Curt were interviewed on one of this month's episodes of [http://www.fsbreak.net FSBreak], recorded on 25th February. FSBreak is a flight simulator podcast that discusses recent flight sim developments and reviews. The hosts, Eric and Brendan, spent almost an hour taking about the project with Curt and Stuart. While most of the content won't be new to readers of this newsletter, it was a great way to promote FlightGear 2.6.0 to the wider flight simulation community. (At time of writing  You can watch the new episode (at [http://www.fsbreak.net/podcast/2012/3/2/fsbreak-107) had still to be published)-we-talk-flightgear-and-accufeel-released.html this link].
=== FlightGear on YouTube ===
=== Forum news ===
Triggered by the new release, we've had more [http://flightgear.org/forums {{forum] link|text=forum}} visitors then ever before in the week of 19-25 February! 17,123 people visited the forum in these seven days to be precise. When looking at "unique visitors", only 13-19 February 2011 was a busier week (9548 against 9076 visitors) (a possible reason for the high number might be that people expected 2.2.0 to be released, which was canceled).
== And finally ... ==

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