Changelog 2016.3

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The FlightGear development team is delighted to announce the v2016.3 release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes. Highlights in this release include nights lights in Earthview and the improved de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter.

Founded in 1997, FlightGear is developed by a worldwide group of volunteers, brought together by a shared ambition to create the most realistic flight simulator possible that is free to use, modify and distribute. FlightGear is used all over the world by desktop flight simulator enthusiasts, for research in universities and for interactive exhibits in museums.

FlightGear features more than 400 aircraft, a worldwide scenery database, a multiplayer environment, detailed sky modelling, a flexible and open aircraft modelling system, varied networking options, multiple display support, a powerful scripting language and an open architecture. Best of all, being open-source, the simulator is owned by the community and everyone is encouraged to contribute.

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Major enhancements in this release


Atmospheric Light Scattering

  • Configurable artificial light sources have been added.

Environment Rendering

Nasal Scripting

Highlighted new and improved aircraft


  • Removed console and --console option (reinstated in 2016.4).
  • New 7- and 14-segment font family added.

Bug fixes

  • See our bugtracker for a list, albeit incomplete, of the bugs fixed in this release.