FlightGear Newsletter August 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
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.
Suggestions of how to get involved in the community and help make FG even better.
In the Hangar
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.
Fly Somewhere New
Details of interesting flights. Might best be a link to another page on the wiki
Either FG related, or useful resources for virtual flying
Check out the cockpit of an Airbus A380 and have a virtual tour here: http://www.airbus.com/store/mm_repository/cockpit_airbusA380/flash/cockpit1.htm
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.
But it 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 !).
- Francesco Brisa