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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 V Washington|GTA V Washington]]<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>
{{Newsletter-cover-header[[#Naval aviation for next release|Community News}}Naval aviation for next release]]<br>[[#Canary Islands improvements|Canary Islands improvements]]<br>
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{{Newsletter-cover-header|Contributing}}<br>
[[#FlightGear logos|FlightGear logos]]<br>
[[#Screenshots|Screenshots]]<br>
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== Development news ==
=== New fonts added ===
Erik Hofman has added Keshikan's excellent 7- and 14-segment display font family to FGData.<ref>{{cite web
|url = https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=29920
|title = 7 and 14-segement display fonts
|author = erik
|date = Jun 25th, 2016
}}</ref> They are in the TrueType format, and are located in {{fgdata file|Fonts/DSEG}}. 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://www.keshikan.net/fonts-e.html here]. See also [http://www.keshikan.net/img/dseg_sample_mini.png this] image.
== In the hangar ==
=== Aucafly T1 ===
The '''[[Aucafly T1]]''' has been released. It can be found in {{github source|proj=aucafly|repo=AUCAFLYT1|text=GitHub}}. See also the [https://aucafly.wordpress.com official website].
 
=== GTA V Washington ===
The '''[[GTA V Washington]]''' has been released. It can be found in {{github source|proj=aucafly|repo=GTAWAS|text=GitHub}}. See also the [https://aucafly.wordpress.com official website].
 
=== GTA IV Tampa ===
The '''[[GTA IV Tampa]]''' has been updated. It can be found in {{github source|proj=aucafly|repo=GTATAM4|text=GitHub}}. See also the [https://aucafly.wordpress.com official website].
 
=== New BAe Sea Harrier version ===
The 2.5.0 version of the '''[[British Aerospace Sea Harrier]]''' has been released. This version includes the following changes:
* Nasal code style cleaned up
* All XML files encoded in UTF-8 w/o BOM; encoding added in headers
* Throttle and thrust vector levers fixed.
* Canvas HDD properly integrated
* Start Canvas-based radar
* All paths are now relative
* Some changes to the cockpit
* Some more bugfixes
* New splash texture
* License changed back to GNU GPL v2
 
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 T1.png|Aucafly T1
GTA 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 (a variant of the [[Douglas A-4 Skyhawk|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 = Stuart Buchanan
|date = Jun 9th, 2016
}}</ref>
== 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 ==
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 ====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=29960 this] forum topic. Be sure to see the [ https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=29960#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.--> {{Appendix}} [[Category:FlightGear Newsletter|2016 06]][[Category:Changes after 2016.2]]
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