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FlightGear Newsletter January 2018

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January 2018

We would like to emphasize that the monthly newsletter can not live without the contributions of FlightGear users and developers. Everyone with a wiki account (free to register) is welcome to contribute to the newsletter. If you know about any FlightGear related news or projects such as for example updated scenery or aircraft, please do feel invited to add such news to the newsletter.

Development news

FG1000 Updates

PUI-canvas FG1000 early prototype using PUI dialog to speed up development

Stuart has been doing some further work on the FG1000 implementation over the christmas break 2017. Key changes are:

  1. Using Richard's Emesary IPC frame to link between the MFD and underlying simulation state. This should make it easy to run the MFD on a separate FG instance, and provides a good demarkation between the individual aircraft systems and the FG1000 itself.
  2. Create various underlying classes to support UI features - highlighting, editing. The idea here is that one can create the UI as an SVG file, and these are used to control it. For an example of this in use, see the Airport Information page. Press the CRSR knob to create a cursor on the ICAO airport ID, then use the inside FMS knob to start editing the ID. This should make creating most of the rest of the pages far easier. See Canvas MFD Framework for details of the elements now supported.

There's still a huge number of pages to write, and the pages around route planning will likely be particular "fun", but it should be far faster now these blocks are in place.

The FG1000 wiki page shows the pages that have been created so far (4 out of 28!). Stuart is pretty happy with the overall architecture now, so if anyone wants to create some of the pages they are very welcome to do so![1]

You can access it from the Debug menu. All the buttons and knobs are set up, though some of them don't actually do anything! See the Garmin website for documentation, but for a quick cheat's guide:

  • Use the outer FMS knob (shift-mouse wheel on the FMS knob on the bottom right) to navigate through the page groups.
  • Use the inner FMS knob (mouse wheel on the FMS knob on the bottom right) to navigate through the pages within the group.
  • To moved around the page, click on the FMS knob, and then use the FMS knob to navigate around the page.
  • Press ENT when any frequency is highlighted to load it into the standby frequency of the NAV/COM.

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Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter January 2018!
  1. Stuart Buchanan  (Jan 5th, 2018).  Re: [Flightgear-devel] FG1000 Status Update .
  2. stuart  (Jan 14th, 2018).  Re: Canvas G1000 .