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[[File:ATC-pie-logo.png|90px|left|ATC-pie logo]]
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Since our last post about it in the [[FlightGear_Newsletter_January_2016#New ATC-pie release|January newsletter]], the air traffic control tower and radar simulator '''[[ATC-pie]]''' has been enhanced with two major features. One was announced in May, and allows for '''student-teacher connections''', i.e. tutorial sessions where the teacher can manipulate traffic, change the weather, recall situation snapshots, etc. for the student to be tested or trained on.
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The second (newest) feature, added this month, is the implementation of '''ground control tools''' such as a click&drag taxi instruction generator, which should make controllers more comfortable when servicing GND at airports. The corresponding solo role was also added, playable alone or in conjunction with other roles at any airport where a decent ''[[ground network]]'' exists (or created, or downloaded from the X-plane gateway). Below is a still picture of the taxi instruction tool used on Dubai ground.
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[[File:ATC-pie-screenshot-taxiInstructionTool.png|600px|Following a departing aircraft at good old San Francisco int'l, with the basic FG scenery]]
  
 
== In the hangar ==
 
== In the hangar ==

Revision as of 18:12, 28 July 2016

This newsletter is a draft.

Please feel free to add content that you think will be of interest to the FlightGear community.
You can read the latest newsletter at FlightGear Newsletter July 2016.


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July 2016

Development news
In the hangar
ErAZ-762
MQ-9
Rewloola

Scenery Corner
Community News

Contributing
Translators required
FlightGear logos
Screenshots
Screenshot of the Month

Development news

ATC-pie upgrade

ATC-pie logo

Since our last post about it in the January newsletter, the air traffic control tower and radar simulator ATC-pie has been enhanced with two major features. One was announced in May, and allows for student-teacher connections, i.e. tutorial sessions where the teacher can manipulate traffic, change the weather, recall situation snapshots, etc. for the student to be tested or trained on.

The second (newest) feature, added this month, is the implementation of ground control tools such as a click&drag taxi instruction generator, which should make controllers more comfortable when servicing GND at airports. The corresponding solo role was also added, playable alone or in conjunction with other roles at any airport where a decent ground network exists (or created, or downloaded from the X-plane gateway). Below is a still picture of the taxi instruction tool used on Dubai ground.

Following a departing aircraft at good old San Francisco int'l, with the basic FG scenery

In the hangar

ErAZ-762

The ErAZ-762 has been released. It can be found in GitHub. See also the official website.

MQ-9

The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (formerly named Predator B) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remote controlled or autonomous flight operations,
developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) primarily for the United States Air Force (USAF). (Quote from Wikipedia)

Just released in GitHub https://github.com/meirm/MQ-9.

BETA TESTERS are welcome. Please send feedback through github or through forum ("Announcing New UAV MQ-9 Predator B") to users falafel and/or pjedvaj

Rewloola

Rewloola is a futuristic aircraft first featured in the anime film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack and later in the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series. It can be found in GitHub. See also the official website.

Scenery corner

Night lights for EarthView

FG's orbital rendering engine Earthview has received an update of night lights. Many may have seen the stunning photographs by ISS astronauts, showing the city lights at night. Earthview can do the same now.
Using the alpha-channel of earth's textures, the shader now shows the night lights of earth.

Currently, in FGData are textures of 2k resolution to reduce disk-space. However, 4k and 8k resolutions are also available!

You can download hires textures here

Note  Keep in mind, that too high a resolution might bring your graphics card to its knees. Also, loading such huge textures takes some time, so expect some stutter. If, after loading, the framerates are inacceptably low - or FlightGear even crashes, then you should use lower resolutions.

Community news

Contributing

Translators required

En.gif The FlightGear Wiki still needs help for translating it into various languages. If you are interested in making the FlightGear Wiki multilingual, you can start by looking at Help:Translate.
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Es.gif La wiki de FlightGear todavía necesita ayuda para traducirla a varios lenguajes. Si estás interesado en hacer la FlightGear wiki multilingüe, entonces comienza en Help:Traducir.
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Pt.gif A wiki de FlightGear ainda necessita de ajuda para traduzi-la em vários idiomas. Se estás interessado em tornar a wiki de FlightGear multi-lingual, por favor começa em Help:Traduzir.

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.

Screenshots

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 month's best screenshot can be submitted to this forum topic. Be sure to see the 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 page.