FlightGear Newsletter April 2017

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April 2017

Development news
In the hangar
Updates to the Citation II
Updates to the ERCO Ercoupe

Scenery Corner
Community News

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FlightGear logos
Screenshot of the Month

Development news

In the hangar

Updates to the Citation II

During March 2017 the Citation II has received a number of updates:

Citation II config dialog

One of the more prominent ones is the new Citation config dialog. It allows for settings, such as, what group of items you want to be stored throughout sessions. Also, for convenience, it provides some shortcuts to most used dialogs and a button to reset all circuit-breakers at once.

Check it out in sim via menu -> Citation II -> Citation II config.


Also 2 tutorials have been added in the 707 style - with markers, view zoom and explicit messages. See the Citation II config dialog or menu -> help -> tutorials.

state overlays

It is now possible to start the Citation II in some assorted states. You could start FG on a parking space and add --state=parking to startup the Citation cold and dark. This would be a good place to start the startup tutorial from the config dialog.

Or you could start on the runway and add --state=take-off to your launcher. All you need to do is throttle up and go! Or take the tutorial "take-off" from the config dialog, which will guide you savely to cruise altitude, according to official checklists.

All possible states are:

  • parking ( cold and dark, all systems off) (same as without --state=$state )
  • taxi ( engines and all systems running - ready to taxi )
  • take-off ( flaps and AP set - just throttle up and go )
  • cruise ( flying at FL360 on AP )
  • approach ( !experimental! )

For details see: Citation II

new splash screen system

James has added a new splash screen scheme, as well as a new preview feature for the QT launcher. The Citation II now complies with that scheme and provides a new logo and some brand-new splash screens.

Updates to the ERCO Ercoupe

The improved ERCO Ercoupe cockpit

After the discussion in the mailing list about possibly adding the Ercoupe as a second default aircraft for the novice users the Ercoupe has had a considerable upgrade:

  • The FDM has been improved
  • Reflection effects are added to the fuselage
  • Reflection and shadow effects are added to the cockpit
  • Cockpit panel and instruments have been improved
  • Textures have been improved
  • A number of new liveries were added
  • Functional navigation lights were added

Scenery corner

Community news


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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.


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

FlightGear's Screenshot of the Month April 2016 is Early Morning Coffee by Icecode GL

Early Morning Coffee

If you want to participate in the screenshot contest of May 2017, you can submit your candidate 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 in the Newsletter edition of May 2017.