FlightGear Newsletter December 2015

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December 2015

Development news

Update on HLA development

Screenshot showing HLA prototype at LOWI

As of December 29th, Stuart has made progress on a separate development branch and split out the AI Manager so that it is a separate federate. This enables AI scenarios to be run outside of FlightGear itself, but viewed within FlightGear (i.e. much less AI related main loop overhead). His next step will be to flesh out the data model to provide equivalent functionality to an external AI Manager running as a separate federate, update the cmake build system changes and integrate his changes with SimGear/FlightGear respectively[1][2][3][4][5].

From Stuart Buchanan (Dec 29th, 2015). [Flightgear-devel] HLA Update.

Learn more at High-Level Architecture

Scenemodels and TerraSync host moved

Recently, the scenery models (scenemodels) database and the TerraSync repository were moved to a new, temporary host. Some things may not work, or have issues, but work is underway to get it working properly. When a more permanent host is found, the scenemodels database and TerraSync repositories will probably be moved again.

From Torsten Dreyer (Dec 21st, 2015). Re: [Flightgear-devel] Scenemodels and TerraScenery maintenance and degraded service.

Animated jetways to be revamped

Ryan Young, the original developer of the Nasal implementation of FlightGear's animated jetways, is going to start revamping the system. The system is going to be turned into a C++ subsystem, and will be streamlined to remove clutter introduced by the current implementation. Another benefit will include better performance. You can find out more about his proposals here.

From Ryan A Young (Dec 29th, 2015). [Flightgear-devel] Animated jet bridges redux.

In the hangar

GTA V Declasse Voodoo
Twin Otter secured and being refueled at LXGB

EchoAir Silence, Amphibian & Xray

Three new fictional aircraft have been released by D-ECHO. The EchoAir Silence, EchoAir Amphibian, and the EchoAir Xray can be downloaded from their development repositories ([1], [2], and [3], respectively). You can find out more here.

Declasse Voodoo

Ausdkunst has released the fictional Grand Theft Auto V Declasse Voodoo for FlightGear. You can download it from its development repository. You can find out more at its forum topic.

DHC-6 Twin Otter improvments

The DHC-6 Twin Otter has received some updates during the past few months, which are now available in FGAddon. Just some of the improvements include:

  • Components to secure the aircraft like wheel chocks, tie-downs, etc. have been added
  • Some work on the cockpit, now including among others a radar altimeter, a turn coordinator and an ELT
  • Added support for environmental sounds (thunder, rain)
  • A custom 2D panel
  • Walker support
  • Fuel truck

Scenery corner

Project Venezuela update

Legoboyvdlp has been working with WorldEditor to create several new airports for Project Venezuela. Simón Bolívar International Airport (SVMI) now features animated jetways for most gates, and Charallave Airport (SVCS) now has shared models (which are also in TerraSync).

New Peruvian airports

Some new Peruvian airports have been added to FlightGear. Chagual Airport (SPGL), Gochapita Airfield (SPGC), and Pias Airport (SPIS) are all tricky airports to land at because of their altitude and mountainous locations. See Chagual Airport § Scenery for details on how to obtain the scenery.

Festival of FlightGear Spring 2016 scenery development

Several Japanese airports are being improved for the upcoming Festival of FlightGear:

  • New Chitose Airport/Chitose Air Base (RJCC/RJCJ) (Download)
  • Kansai International Airport (RJBB) (Download)
  • Narita International Airport (RJAA) (work in progress)
  • Fukuoka Airport (RJFF) (Download)
  • Chūbu Centrair International Airport (RJGG) (Download)

New regional textures

More development has been made to the New Regional Textures project. The new additions include:

  • New textures and material definitions for California
  • New textures and material definitions for Mexico
  • New material definitions for Central America
  • New textures and material definitions for Southern Europe (Mediterranean region: Portugal, Spain, south of Italy, Greece, coast of Balkans)
  • New global airport grass texture
  • New airport grass texture for Latin America
  • New global American town texture
  • Small improvement to grass blade textures (to better fit the airport grass texture)

They can be downloaded from https://github.com/gilbertohasnofb/new-regional-textures. See also the forum thread.

Dubai custom scenery

laserman has been working on the Dubai International Airport (OMDB) and scenery for the surrounding area. You can downloaded his work from https://github.com/mherweg/OMDB-fg-CustomScenery. Some pictures of the airport and surrounding scenery can be seen here.


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FlightGear logos

If you want some graphic elements for your FlightGear-related site (such as a hangar or YouTube channel), please feel free to visit FlightGear logos for a repository of logos. And if you have some art skills, please don't hesitate to contribute with your own design creations.


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

FlightGear's Screenshot of the Month December 2015 is Showing the climbing abilities of the Twin Otter by Jonathan S. (DG-505)

DHC-6 Twin Otter in steep climb.jpg