FlightGear Newsletter August 2018
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James added support for allowing copying of the raw command line. Furthermore, AI aircraft are now draggable in Phi, the Qt launcher was translated to Chinese and Italian, and the default height of property browser was changed to 500 pixels. These updates will be available in the upcoming 2018.3.1 version.
In the hangar
Autopush aims to develop a generic pushback for JSBSim and YASim aircraft, with the following characteristics.
1. Do the pushback procedure automatically. 2. Scale to different aircraft with minimum changes to their logic. 3. Use no computer resources in flight.
C172P 2018.3 Release
The c172p team has released a new version of their aircraft including:
- Improved 3D models and textures of all levers, toggles, seats, magneto keys, EGT gauge and attitude indicator
- New recess casings to all panel instruments
- Improved labels of panel texture
- Added 3D models to cockpit:
- Alternate static source knob
- Glove pocket to panel (holds GPS device when not in use)
- Lighter hole
- Overhead panel light switches for red flood, gauge post, and white dome/courtesy lights
- Low Voltage LED
- PPT cables connected to the yokes
- New ammeter gauge matching the model used in the 172P
- Light maps for red flood, gauge post and white dome light
- ALS procedural lights (glare) for red flood, gauge post, white dome and wing courtesy light
- Light map illumination and procedural glare responds to available light and dims during daylight
- Re-positioned and improved 3D models and textures of all levers
- Added ambient occlusion map to all interior textures
- Added glass effect for gauges
- New sounds, including when clicking on the checklist, adding/removing control lock, mounting/dismounting GPS, opening/closing glove pocket, opening/closing the window latches, extending/retracting the water rudder cable
- Better sound for flaps lever and motor
- Interlocked master switch (BAT and ALT)
- GPS antenna is now up by default
- GPS night mode
- Amphibious gear advisor activated
- New amphibious gear lever
- Expanded help tool tips
- Add subtle glass reflection to panel instruments and radio stack
- Moved tutorials to Hilo Airport (PHTO)
- Improved tutorials and added two new ones: take off and landing for float variants
- Much improved propeller model
- Improved handle animation of doors and baggage door
- Doors should now be closed from the inside using the door strap
- Air resistance will force an open door or baggage door backwards
- Improved KMA20's marker sensitivity toggle animation
- Much improved vertical stabilizer model, including a retopologized beacon model
- Added external antennas for the ELT, transponder, ADF and marker beacons
- Removed wire connecting the wings to the tail as our ADF receiver uses a different type of antenna
- Animated water rudder cable
- New digital clock added
- New five slot Save and Resume feature
- QT launcher variant selection support
- QT launcher Location support including "On approach"
- Most of the cases of multiple objects mapped to a single texture have now been solved by assigning each their own texture
- 3D models of rotary knobs of VOR and NAV radios now turn 360 degrees
- Corrected the label of the OBS knob of the heading indicator
- Implemented a particle effect color and light manager for smoke and spray
- Adjusted P-factor effect
- Strobe lights are stronger now
- Fixed issue which caused the landing light to appear green under certain situations
- Removed shadow effect from radio stack readouts
- Autopilot readouts now match the rest of the radio stack in both colour and intensity
- Added a black panel behind the broken wing structure
People who have contributed to the 2018.3 release:
August has been yet another busy month with additions including:
- Traffic updates to Malaysia Airlines by SP-KOK
- Updates to Turkish Airlines, AirAsia, AirAsiaX (Malaysia), and AirAsia India by BecOzIcan
- New traffic for People's Airlines, BRA Airlines, Travel Service, and Corendon Airlines by SP-KOK
Scenery development news
xDraconian has released a script for Blender 2.79 to produce ESRI Shapefiles from BTG files, available from . Feedback is welcome at
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FGUK: 18th August Canadian Copter cruise
This is a one make helicopter flight so the choice of ride is simple. This will be for the Gazelle. No other choppers permitted.
Cruse speed will be around the 120kts mark and altitude will be variable.
- CYPK Pitt Meadows - Start point.
- CYSE Squamish
- CYPS Pemberton
- AR3 Lillooet - Mid flight break.
- AZ5 Cache Creek
- CBJ4 Echo Valley
- AV3 100 Mile House - End point.
If you don't have the Gazelle ( Why not ! Its one of the best FG choppers !! ), you can get it here:-  If you are not used to it, practice, lots, before the flight..
As this is a chopper event, no typing will come from me. All instructions will be via Voice on our TS3 server. Details and download links:- ... er-details
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Screenshot of the Month
FlightGear's Screenshot of the Month August 2018 is Night 154 by sidi762
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Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter August 2018!