FlightGear Newsletter March 2015

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March 2015

Development news
Variant-of tag added

In the hanger

Scenery Corner
Community News

Contributing
Translators required
FlightGear logos
Screenshots
Desktop backgrounds

Development news

Splitting fgdata

Cquote1.png I am going to commence reducing FGDATA this weekend. The reasons for that

action have been discussed here and on the forum in epic detail, so I won't
repeat them.

The result will be a new and much smaller git repository and it will only
have the c172p and the ufo remaining.

To avoid any unnecessary extra work, I will temporarily remove all
contributors with write access except 2 or three admins on Friday afternoon
(Central European Time Zone).


— Torsten Dreyer (2015-03-05). [Flightgear-devel] FGData size reduction.
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Cquote1.png Next, I'll do a initial commit of the base package aircraft to fgaddon/svn.

Following that, I create a new git repo for a smaller git fgdata and push
it to sourceforge.
Finally, we re-add contributors with push permission.

If anything goes wrong, the original fgdata will remain intact and can
serve as a fallback.


— Torsten Dreyer (2015-03-05). [Flightgear-devel] FGData size reduction.
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New ATC-pie release and OpenRadar interoperability

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"the fully multiplayer environment a controller deserves"

Announced as beta in January and released as stable early February, ATC-pie has happily served a few ATC sessions in its first month of existance. In particular, it seems to have found comfortable homes for adoption in EKCH and LFOK already. Meanwhile, progress was made on its development to reach the important milestone of general and continuous ATC coordination on Flightgear with the handover feature, released this month.

Beginning to populate the network with a new program without dividing the MP network (esp. controllers) was challenge as interesting as necessary. Collaborative work made this possible, enabling both OpenRadar and ATC-pie users to exchange strips in a transparent way, regardless of their software preference.


Variant-of tag added

Aircraft developers can make use of a new tag in the Aircraft-set.xml file. Added to the <sim>, the <variant-of> tag states to the launcher the aircraft type that your aircraft is a variant of. For example, the BAe Sea Harrier FA2 is a variant of the BAe Sea Harrier, and the Cessna 172P - Canvas Demo is a variant of the C172P.

Note  At the moment, only the Mac Qt launcher (which comes with FlightGear for Mac v3.4+) will read this tag.

Syntax:

<sim>
    ...
    <variant-of>[aircraft]</variant-of>
    ...
</sim>

Example from Gitorious website (see commit):

<variant-of>777-200</variant-of>

In the hangar

FG Space Program

Astronauts

FGSP Cosmonaut Badge "The Owl"

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Now is your time to become official cosmonaut of The FlightGear Space Program. Just downloading the famous Space Shuttle that has been largely reworked, and select any of the available missions. Report your succesfull orbit flight tracker screenie and you'll receive a custom badge of The FlightGear Space Program.

The Space Shuttle can be downloaded from the GitHub repository in either a ZIP file or by cloning.

As an add-on also you can fly our Special Cargo Transport Missions with the heavily updated An-12 This is a link to a Wikipedia article, An-22, and An-225 (mission transport variants).

Find out more about space flight in FlightGear at FlightGear space program

Scenery Corner

Community News

Contributing

Translators required

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FlightGear logos

If you want some graphic elements for your FlightGear-related site (for example 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 for the website, which show features that were added since the last release. These shots should be of good quality, especially in content and technical image properties. It is therefore recommended to use the best viable filter settings (antialiasing, texture sharpening, etc.). More info at Howto:Make nice screenshots.