FlightGear Newsletter April 2019

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April 2019

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.

Development news

In the hangar

New aircraft


SUMPAC aircraft

The SUMPAC (Southampton University Man Powered Aircraft) has been added to FGADDON. This model is to be used in the FlightGear based simulation being installed at the Solent Sky museum in Southampton England. Currently they are using the DaSH as the model for the SUMPAC. It will be switched out for this one once we have all the mesh detail included and a few other bits of code added. The current FDM is the same as the DaSH but we hope to have a new SUMPAC FDM within a month or two. Another project in the works is a more detailed model of the DaSH to be used in our current DaSH project.

This is a very detailed model that has been converted to be used in FG. So for now there is a persistent GUI choice that defaults to "low detail" as well as a GUI choice for the Mylar skin (version 2 of the original SUMPAC) which also defaults to off. There are still more interior controls mesh to be added to the model.


The Silent2Electro is a motor glider, powered by a 22 KW electric motor. This aircraft has been added to FGADDON (although is still under development).



The Q400 aircraft has been replaced by the Q400 and now is available in FGADDON:

  • Q100 (DHC8-102) --aircraft=q100-jsb
  • Q200 (DHC8-202) --aircraft=q200-jsb
  • Q300 (DHC8-301) --aircraft=q300-jsb
  • Q400 (DHC8-402) --aircraft=q400-jsb

Link to wiki: QSeries

Please report any bugs or problems you encounter and have fun :)

Special thanks to Alex Park (original DHC8), Florian K (wonderful 3d-model originally for the Q400), it0uchpods (a LOT of help with the FDM, autoflight, canvas and advisory) and to those I forgot ;)

Updated aircraft


The 747-400 FDM has once again been updated by Gijs, this time:

- addding more lift data to FDM

- removing duplicate function from FDM

- fixing fuel loading (do not ingore stab tank)

- correcting 'change in lift due to load factor' and add flaps down data


The Boeing 777 has received major improvements, including:

  • New ground services
  • Some new liveries for KLM
  • A new fuel / payload dialog
  • Improvements to static and dynamic friction.

These updates are available as always in FGAddon.

Ryan Navion

The Ryan Navion has been updated with various changes:

  • new YASim (FDM) for both aircrafts based on values from real engines and propeller
  • new UV mapping to better fit on the mesh
  • propeller texture is now based on livery
  • liveries updated to reflect changes of UV mapping
  • added paintkit
  • added shadow
  • new prop blur technique
  • position lights (nav lights) improved
  • also added ALS procetural lights
  • some animations fixed
  • throttle/prop/mixture handle corrected


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 forums.

Scenery corner

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 Google+

Since November 2011 there is a FlightGear page on Google+. If you haven't done so already, please add us to your circle and stay up to date on the latest FlightGear news, cool screenshots and release info.

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.

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

Upcoming events


I have decided to do another event with full ATC Coverage next friday between 14:00 UTC to around 18:00 UTC I will be performing ATC operations over Netherlands to cover the full center of Amsterdam Radar it means that I am responsible for any ground movement at the following Airports in the Netherlands

  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport IATA: AMS ICAO: EHAM
  • Rotterdam De Hauge Airport IATA: RTM ICAO: EHRD
  • Eindhoven Airport IATA: EIN ICAO: EHEH

Please bring your wings to this exciting weekend ATC event If you really want to prove yourself, why not come for a VFR flight around Rotterdam or Eindhoven with ATC :) All FG pilots are welcome through Mumble or text, but remember to contact me with your intentions to simulate a high level of realism. You can also post your flightplan on the lenny website(flightgear-atc.alwaysdata.net)

Welcome all FG pilots If you wanna control an airport in netherlands during the event, please contact me I have an offer for you

Lucas The Flyer


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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 2019 is Space Sauna by GinGin Space Sauna by GinGin

If you want to participate in the screenshot contest of May, 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.

Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter April 2019!