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FlightGear Newsletter June 2011

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Welcome to the FlightGear Newsletter!
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Enjoy reading the latest edition!


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) can edit the newsletter and every contribution is welcome. So if you know about any FlightGear related projects such as for example updated scenery or aircraft, please do feel invited to add such news to the newsletter.

Development news

Nasal for newbies

New software tools and projects

FlightGear addons and mods

In the hangar

The lightmap has been extended by a "factor property". Aircraft authors can now bind the intensity of a lightmap to a property (eg. /controls/lighting/panel-norm), making the lighting more vivid. Read more in the lightmap howto.

New aircraft

Updated aircraft

Bf-109 G14

The Bf109 G14 now has a bump- and specmapped 3D Model, a revised FDM and an improved 3D Cockpit with functional controls. The logo selection system has been added, along with some new liveries.

The Throttle now sets the desired Manifold pressure and maintains it, even with changing altitude.

Note to Livery makers: The external textures have been consolidated into one file for easier maintenance.

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Liveries

Scenery corner

Skyline of Dubai

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Gijs started modeling one of the highest, fastest changing and most interesting skylines in the world: Dubai's. The former village in the desert is nowadays home to the tallest structure in the world, the largest shopping mall and it has more supertall skyscrapers than any other city. A perfect city to discover by C172p, or one of the helis. With a great deal of challenging landing spots for the later vehicles.

So far little over 20 buildings have been modeled, some of which are currently untextured and low-poly. Nevertheless they help give you the right Dubai-feel!

Airports

Aircraft of the month

Airport of the month

Screenshot of the month

Suggested flights

Aircraft reviews

Wiki updates

New articles

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Community news

FlightGear on youtube

The channel flightgearUK has been set up on YouTube by Liam, and will soon feature tutorials, video reviews and promotional videos of high quality to show the latest and best features in FlightGear.. It is hard currently to find any high quality videos of FlightGear (with the exception of Oscar and Skyop of course), especially with the most modern of features, and based primarily on Civil aviation- especially in comparison to some of the videos by other flight Sims, so it is a personal ambition of mine to greatly improve the popularity of the sim through mixed media. You can see the very first of the videos right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZbpWC5EGv8 Unfortunately recorders for mac are very limited, but I hope to get the framerate up from that first (test) video. Reviews in particular, are yet to be done on youtube for FlightGear- and will be recorded in my own voice ;).

New tutorials and screencasts

Forum news

Multiplayer

The Flightgear Rotor Club is kicking off it's 2nd multiplayer event on July 2, 2011. This month's event is a Combat Search and Rescue scenario, which involves going deep behind enemy lines into Laotian territory to rescue two downed airmen.

See the forum topic for more information about the event.

Virtual airlines

FlightGear events

Useful links

And finally ...

Contributing

One of the regular thoughts expressed on the FlightGear forums is "I'd like to contribute but I don't know how to program, and I don't have the time". Unfortunately, there is a common mis-conception that contributing requires programming and lots of free time. In fact, there are a huge range of ways to contribute to the project without needing to write code or spending days working on something.

For ideas on starting to contribute to FlightGear, you may want to check out: Volunteer.

Call for volunteers

  • The OpenRadar project is looking for a new maintainer.
  • The FGFSPM (FlightGear Package Manager) is looking for a new maintainer.

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