FlightGear Newsletter August 2019

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August 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

Updated aircraft

Saab 37 Viggen

The JA37 has been upgraded to version 4.315, see the wiki page and forum post here: [[1]]

  • Radar: Steerorder (styrledning) from radar now gives proper intercept course.
  • Ejection is now F6
  • Sim: Made the AC not regulate temperature, just influence it.
  • Model: Accelerometer now has second neddle for maximum G done. And a button for reseting it.
  • Model: Attitude indicator ball now has compass and look more like the real.
  • Model: In JA replaced nav panel with proper JA version.
  • Button B1 for green threat circles. TI 40
  • DAP: '<-' button on nav-panel now works properly as backspace.
  • cursor can be mapped to joystick + GUI: Added custom cursor bindings in joystick dialog.
  • TI: Cursor can now in MSDA/UDAT menu drag FF/LV points when nothing else is being edited. These are for now the only stuff that can use dragging, the rest still use clicking.
  • TI: MMAP now holds cursor steady and map moves instead.
  • TI: When EDIT-S/B any steerpoint in the route is draggable. Clicking is no longer available.
  • TI: Time is now always shown when editing RTB or MISS route.
  • TI: Gridlines in MSDA menu.
  • TI: Changed zoom levels to more closely resemble real Viggen.
  • TI: Removed delete steerpoint button in MSDA menu. Its now solely done via nav panel |X| button.
  • Sound: Most annunciator sounds replaced with correct tones.
  • 2 prewarnings: max 8 G depending on gear and weight.
  • Sound: Reworked priorities of audio warnings. Example alpha prio over G
  • Sim: Ground collision warnings can now be toggled on JA nav-panel.
  • Sound: The volume knob on left vertical panel now only is for missile lock/search.
  • Sound: Volume for aural limit warnings is now on vol. knob on FR29 panel (left aft radio panel).
  • DAP: REG address 52 now sets when aural load-factor warning should start. From 75% to 110%.
  • Sound: During and 10 seconds after ground collision warning has stopped load-factor limit will force stay at 110%.
  • Sound: Circuit breaker GVV can now disable GVV warning tones.
  • Custom route manager dialog.
  • DAP: .ck37 files now also hold landing base ICAOs.
  • Sim: JA plan-manager now has 8 RTB routes instead of 2. For each landing base there is A and B.
  • Weapons engine flame now use ALS thruster
  • Checklists expanded
  • HUD parallax
  • Various bugfixes

Schleicher ASK-21

The ASK21 has received a new update in FGAddon, adding a new JSBSim FDM for both the glider and motorglider variant, an improved Fuel and Payload dialog, tutorials, an updated COMM (radio) instrument and much more! See also its wiki page.

Diamond Aircraft DA40NG

An updated DA40 including the DA40NG with either conventional VFR, conventional IFR or FG1000 panel was added to fgaddon. Key updates include a new JSBSim FDM, updated instruments and a new exterior 3d model. Learn more at its wiki page.

Pipistrel Alpha Electro

One of the first electric aircraft, the Pipistrel Alpha Electro is now available in FGAddon. Key features are a JSBSim FDM, modern glass instruments. Learn more at its wiki page.
Alpha Electro Cockpit.jpg


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

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


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FlightGear logos

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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.

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