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=== Flightgear 2020.1 preparations ===
 
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Discussion about the upcoming 2020.1 release is underway and will have progressed on the sourceforge devel mailing list by the time this newsletter releases. See [https://sourceforge.net/p/flightgear/mailman/flightgear-devel/thread/58E787FD-D7F4-4A96-B9B3-CC71EEA0FC78%40flightgear.org/#msg36955404 here]
 
Discussion about the upcoming 2020.1 release is underway and will have progressed on the sourceforge devel mailing list by the time this newsletter releases. See [https://sourceforge.net/p/flightgear/mailman/flightgear-devel/thread/58E787FD-D7F4-4A96-B9B3-CC71EEA0FC78%40flightgear.org/#msg36955404 here]
  
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Nightly builds: available at [http://download.flightgear.org/builds/nightly/ download.flightgear.org].
 
Nightly builds: available at [http://download.flightgear.org/builds/nightly/ download.flightgear.org].
  
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[[File:EC135_compositor.jpeg| thumb|[[Eurocopter EC135]] showing shadows on the ground with the compositor enabled. Not yet available for all.]]
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Nightly builds with the [[Compositor]] as an option will become available at [http://download.flightgear.org/builds/nightly/ download.flightgear.org].
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Nightly builds with the [[Compositor]] as an option will become available soon, likely in April, at [http://download.flightgear.org/builds/nightly/ download.flightgear.org].
  
See here for hints at [[Compositor#ALS_2|some of new graphical features]] coming with the new ALS. There is also a low spec renderer to replace the old default renderer. Usual disclaimer: Not everything may make it to first release - I personally don't know, some things may turn out to not be viable.
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Meanwhile, Windows users can download the [http://build.flightgear.org:8080/job/FG-Windows-Compositor/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/ latest] changed compositor files, and then extract over the contents of the /bin folder, replacing non-compositor files in the process. Remember to back up the old /bin folder. The relevant Compositor pipeline can be activated with the correct [[Command_line_options|command-line option]] from the Compositor [[Compositor|wiki]] page e.g. "''--compositor=Compositor/als''" for the new ALS.
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See here for hints at [[Compositor#ALS_2|some of new graphical features]] coming with the new ALS. There is also a low spec renderer to replace the old default renderer. Usual disclaimer: Not everything may make it to first release - I personally don't know, some things may turn out to not be the best option, or viable.
  
 
See the forum [https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=36269 thread] for screenshots.
 
See the forum [https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=36269 thread] for screenshots.
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=== UI features in 2020.1 nightly ===
 
=== UI features in 2020.1 nightly ===
The in-sim launcher now supports a dialog for Carriers as well as a number of other changes thanks to James.  
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The in-sim launcher now supports a basic dialog for [[Aircraft Carrier|Aircraft Carriers]] thanks to James Turner. For refinements submit feedback using tickets or mailing list). To select a carrier click on the ship icon next to the location search bar to see a list of available carriers. The [[Howto:Carrier#Gallery|USS Harry S. Truman]] is a highly detailed carrier positioned off the picturesque Hawaiian island of O'Hau near PHNL.
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[[File:Pi4 Desk.jpg|thumb|Raspberry Pi4 running flightGear. One touchscreen and Raspberry P3 A+ with Phi PFD and a second with Phi radio stack.]]
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[[File:Official 7" touch screen.jpg|thumb|150px|The Official 7" Touch Screen for the Raspberry Pi with an external numeric keypad.]]
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It is now possible to run FlightGear on a Raspberry Pi, starting with the model Pi 4. The objective of [[Howto:Build and run FlightGear on Raspberry Pi 4]] is to introduce Pi users to FlightGear and possibly FlightGear users to the Raspberry Pi family. One of the main objectives of the Raspberry Pi is education. Hopefully, this marriage will introduce some young programmers to FlightGear.
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=== Rhode Islands and Massachusetts ===
 
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Forum [https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=36977 thread] and download.
 
Forum [https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=36977 thread] and download.
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March 2020

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.

Folding at Home - Help conquer Corona and other diseases

Cquote1.png I just set up a team FlightGear in Folding at Home. This program, initiated by Stanford University, allows the average user to contribute computer power to medical research. You can read all about it on it's website. I discovered FAH a few days ago and since I have quite some pc power, decided to let my pc be used by FAH when I don't need the computer power. Because I 'm surely not the only one in this community with a fancy graphics card or cpu, I decided to setup a FlightGear team. When you decide to join Folding at Home, please feel free to enter 247139 as your team number. Let us show that FlightGear is not only about improving a virtual world, but also about improving the physical one!.
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You can follow our team efforts here.

Development news

Flightgear 2020.1 preparations

This section is a stub. You can help the wiki by expanding it.

Discussion about the upcoming 2020.1 release is underway and will have progressed on the sourceforge devel mailing list by the time this newsletter releases. See here

Contact the devel mailing list if you have features or fixes you want to get in.

Use the sourceforge tickets to report bugs or raise issues.

Nightly builds: available at download.flightgear.org.

Compositor and new renderers are in a state for beta testing in 2020.1 nightly branch

This section is a stub. You can help the wiki by expanding it.
Eurocopter EC135 showing shadows on the ground with the compositor enabled. Not yet available for all.


Nightly builds with the Compositor as an option will become available soon, likely in April, at download.flightgear.org.

Meanwhile, Windows users can download the latest changed compositor files, and then extract over the contents of the /bin folder, replacing non-compositor files in the process. Remember to back up the old /bin folder. The relevant Compositor pipeline can be activated with the correct command-line option from the Compositor wiki page e.g. "--compositor=Compositor/als" for the new ALS.

See here for hints at some of new graphical features coming with the new ALS. There is also a low spec renderer to replace the old default renderer. Usual disclaimer: Not everything may make it to first release - I personally don't know, some things may turn out to not be the best option, or viable.

See the forum thread for screenshots.

Please test

Each combination of Operating System version, graphics driver version, and GPU is unique with its possible quirks and you should test for new issues on your system.

UI features in 2020.1 nightly

The in-sim launcher now supports a basic dialog for Aircraft Carriers thanks to James Turner. For refinements submit feedback using tickets or mailing list). To select a carrier click on the ship icon next to the location search bar to see a list of available carriers. The USS Harry S. Truman is a highly detailed carrier positioned off the picturesque Hawaiian island of O'Hau near PHNL.

There are also a number of other changes like being able to toggle scenery and aircaft add-on folders in lists using a check box.

Article of the month

Raspberry Pi4 running flightGear. One touchscreen and Raspberry P3 A+ with Phi PFD and a second with Phi radio stack.
The Official 7" Touch Screen for the Raspberry Pi with an external numeric keypad.


It is now possible to run FlightGear on a Raspberry Pi, starting with the model Pi 4. The objective of Howto:Build and run FlightGear on Raspberry Pi 4 is to introduce Pi users to FlightGear and possibly FlightGear users to the Raspberry Pi family. One of the main objectives of the Raspberry Pi is education. Hopefully, this marriage will introduce some young programmers to FlightGear.

Help wanted

Post LTS work

After the 2020.2 release, some work lies ahead - any help would be greatly appreciated. Please get in touch via the developers mailing list to learn more.

See Post FlightGear 2020.2 LTS changes for details.

World Scenery 3.0

See World Scenery 3.0 roadmap

Windows Package Maintainer

The core team needs help from a Windows user that is able to maintain a good working Window build. This process already exists to support our Nightly and Release builds, but we are seeking an individual to keep it in good working order. The ability to compile FG from source and some Windows batch scripting is a required skill. If you are willing and able to take up this role, please reach out to James Turner, or get in touch via the forum [1]

Scenemodels Validator

We have an immediate need for a SceneModels Validator.

This role involves:

  • reviewing the scenery models submitted for inclusion within FlightGear.
  • An understanding of good modeling techniques is helpful.
  • Supporting scenery artists by sharing recommended practices and enforcing scenery model submission criteria.

Anyone within the community that is passionate about scenery modeling is qualified.

If you are willing and able to take up this role, please reach out to Torsten Dreyer or get in touch via the forum [2].

  1. https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=37155
  2. https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=37154

In the hangar

AI

The AI team makes FlightGear more realistic, colorful and lively every month. You can support the important development of Interactive Traffic and contribute at the FlightGear AI subforum This is a link to the FlightGear forum..


Scenery corner

Australia scenery project test releases

Frtps has released scenery for the Queensland-New South Wales border to test combining landcover data sources from different states in preparation to rebuild the entire continent and make it available via TerraSync. The materials and textures pack has been updated. Downloads available from the FGAU website.

The Australia scenery project is coordinated through github and the forum thread is here. The project aims to combine multiple data sources using scripts, which can then be leveraged to generate other parts of the world.

The scenery features recent additions to scenery generation and/or rendering including improved cliffs, plantations etc. also by frtps. To see these you would need a nightly build.

New Zealand scenery and materials release

ProfessorS has released rebuilt scenery and some updated materials and textures for the whole of New Zealand. He has indicated the scenery is now ready for upload to Terrasync

Forum thread, download link.

Rhode Islands and Massachusetts

Montagdude has released scenery for Rhode Islands and Massachusetts in the USA.

Forum thread and download.


Community news

FlightGear on Facebook

Since early December 2010, FlightGear has an official Facebook page. If you have a Facebook account please feel free to join the page.

FlightGear on Instagram

In January 2018 the @flightgear_sim Instagram account was brought back to life. If you've got nice screenshots to be featured, feel free to contact the maintainer This is a link to the FlightGear forum..

FlightGear on FlightSim.com

Flightgear has also a sub-forum on flightsim.com - just like the commercial flightsims. It is an opportunity to showcase what FG can do, get people curious and answer any questions they may have with regard to the software or the project.

Multiplayer events

Contributing

Translators needed

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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.
Zh.gif FlightGear 百科仍然需要志愿者将其翻译为各种语言。如果你有兴趣让FlightGear百科支持更多语言, 你可以查看 Help:Translate.

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

If you want to participate in the screenshot contest , you can submit your candidate to this subforum This is a link to the FlightGear forum.. 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 in the Newsletter.

Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter March 2020!

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