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==LinuxTag 2009==
 
==LinuxTag 2009==
 
[[Image:Linuxtag2009_1.jpg|thumb|200px|A view of the FlightGear stand]]
 
[[Image:Linuxtag2009_1.jpg|thumb|200px|A view of the FlightGear stand]]
The 2009 edition of the LinuxTag has been concluded and the Flightgear hangar was there full of aircraft and pilots ! You could easily spot our stand since it seemed to me the most popular one, the idea to take a free virtual flight coupled with a free flight instructor was like honey for bears. Furthermore the hardware was impressive, 2 flight stations with 3 big monitors each and real leverage were worth a try ! You could even track your flight through a projected mapserver on the wall.<br/>. We flew mostly around the [[EDDF|Frankfurt]] area, where a well done airport (still with a high fps rate) was the background of our participants. The favorite aircraft was the [[Piper_PA34-200T_Seneca_II|SenecaII]] as it was perfect to be flown with out equipment, meanwhile in the forward station was easy to see some [[Eurocopter_Bo105|Eurocopter Bo105]] pilot or [[Grumman_F-14_Tomcat|F-14 Tomcat]] top gun enjoying [[Aircraft_carrier|carrier]] approaches.<br/>
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The 2009 edition of the LinuxTag has been concluded and the Flightgear hangar was there full of aircraft and pilots ! You could easily spot our stand since it seemed to me the most popular one, the idea to take a free virtual flight coupled with a free flight instructor was like honey for bears. Furthermore the hardware was impressive, 2 flight stations with 3 big monitors each and real controls were worth a try ! You could even track your flight through a projected mapserver on the wall.<br/>. We flew mostly around the [[EDDF|Frankfurt]] area, where a highly detailed airport (still with a high fps rate) was the background of our participants. The favorite aircraft was the [[Piper_PA34-200T_Seneca_II|SenecaII]] as it was perfect to be flown with our equipment. Meanwhile in the forward station was easy to see some [[Eurocopter_Bo105|Eurocopter Bo105]] pilot or [[Grumman_F-14_Tomcat|F-14 Tomcat]] top gun enjoying [[Aircraft_carrier|carrier]] approaches.<br/>
  
 
[[Image:Linuxtag2009 terrain before.jpg|thumb|150px|left|Terrain texture (before)]]
 
[[Image:Linuxtag2009 terrain before.jpg|thumb|150px|left|Terrain texture (before)]]
 
[[Image:Linuxtag2009 terrain after.jpg|thumb|150px|left|Terrain texture (linuxtag)]]
 
[[Image:Linuxtag2009 terrain after.jpg|thumb|150px|left|Terrain texture (linuxtag)]]
 
[[Image:Shader sea linuxtag2009.jpg|thumb|150px|right|Sea texture (linuxtag)]]
 
[[Image:Shader sea linuxtag2009.jpg|thumb|150px|right|Sea texture (linuxtag)]]
But that was not just fly and fun, at the stand you could easily take conversation with some code and model developers, discussing about new features and wishes. There was a developers section too, Till was hacking hearth and seas textures generator to improve our virtual world terrain painting applying [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shader shaders] instead of fixed photos; early results where really interesting and I hope to see theme soon in the [[CVS|cvs]] repo.
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But that was not just all flying and fun. At the stand you could talk to some code and model developers, discussing new features and wishes. There was a developers section too: Till was hacking an earth and sea textures generator to improve our virtual world terrain painting, applying [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shader shaders] instead of fixed photos; early results where really interesting and I hope to see them soon in [[CVS]].
 
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The FlightGear guys proven them self very gentle and always speaked in english in my presence, Martin Spott took care to manage an entrance pass for me and kept me informed about needed stuff and events prior the LinuxTag via Emails. This means you have no excuses to miss the event next year (At least only if you are not afraid to virtually fly !).
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The FlightGear guys prove themselves very friendly and always spoke in english in my presence. Martin Spott took care to manage an entrance pass for me and kept me informed prior to LinuxTag via Emails. This means you have no excuses to miss the event next year (At least only if you are not afraid of virtually flight !).
  
 
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[[Category:FlightGear Newsletter|2009 8]]

Revision as of 02:31, 4 July 2009

Welcome to the second edition of the FlightGear Newsletter.

This is currently a workspace for the current edition, with titles copied from the FlightGear Newsletter July 2009. Please feel free to add content etc.

We're still looking for a permanent (or even a temporary) newsletter editor, so if you'd like to get involved, have a look on the Forums.

What's New in CVS

Lots!

New Wiki Articles

The wiki provides now a new article for aspiring core developers about extending the built-in Nasal scripting interpreter with custom extension functions: Howto:Extending Nasal. The Nasal documentation itself has been slightly reworked to provide a step by step introduction for users completely new to scripting or programming in general.

Contributing

Suggestions of how to get involved in the community and help make FG even better.

In the Hangar

Piper Tri-Pacer

There's a new aircraft in the CVS hangar - the PA 22-160 Tri Pacer. Created by Robert Leda (aka erobo) and Pawel Luchowski, this is a lovely GA aircraft and well worth having a flight in.

The level of detail is very impressive - you must prime to start the engine (making sure the mixture is set), the sound varies depending on whether you've got the window open, and the doors slam shut. All in all, it's a great polished aircraft.

The FG CVS hangar now has a very wide range of Piper aircraft, from the simple Cub, through the Cherokee Warrior II, Comanche 250, to the Seneca II. It is worth noting that the Warrior, Comanche and Seneca are all based on airframes flown by FG contributors in real life.

Piper Tri-Pacer cockpit

Fly Somewhere New

Details of interesting flights. Might best be a link to another page on the wiki

Useful Links

Either FG related, or useful resources for virtual flying

And Finally...

Links to cool aviation-related things.

LinuxTag 2009

A view of the FlightGear stand

The 2009 edition of the LinuxTag has been concluded and the Flightgear hangar was there full of aircraft and pilots ! You could easily spot our stand since it seemed to me the most popular one, the idea to take a free virtual flight coupled with a free flight instructor was like honey for bears. Furthermore the hardware was impressive, 2 flight stations with 3 big monitors each and real controls were worth a try ! You could even track your flight through a projected mapserver on the wall.
. We flew mostly around the Frankfurt area, where a highly detailed airport (still with a high fps rate) was the background of our participants. The favorite aircraft was the SenecaII as it was perfect to be flown with our equipment. Meanwhile in the forward station was easy to see some Eurocopter Bo105 pilot or F-14 Tomcat top gun enjoying carrier approaches.

Terrain texture (before)
Terrain texture (linuxtag)
Sea texture (linuxtag)

But that was not just all flying and fun. At the stand you could talk to some code and model developers, discussing new features and wishes. There was a developers section too: Till was hacking an earth and sea textures generator to improve our virtual world terrain painting, applying shaders instead of fixed photos; early results where really interesting and I hope to see them soon in CVS.

The FlightGear guys prove themselves very friendly and always spoke in english in my presence. Martin Spott took care to manage an entrance pass for me and kept me informed prior to LinuxTag via Emails. This means you have no excuses to miss the event next year (At least only if you are not afraid of virtually flight !).