FlightGear Newsletter May 2017

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May 2017

Development news
In the hangar

Scenery Corner
Community News

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FlightGear logos
Screenshot of the Month

Development news

MapGear is out!

MapGear.py is a mapping tool for FlightGear that saves the flight path as an animated .GIF.

The aim is to create a nice map projection/animation for any log file submitted. For this to happen a good degree of numerical tuning is required so the more feedback the project has from users the better. Feedback would be greatly appreciated!

So far the program seems to be stable enough, so it is worth publishing here in the FlightGear Newsletter.

It consists of a small python script and a few Geo information data files taken from NaturalEarth.

Stay tuned via the announcement thread.

You can see MapGear GIF output here.

Licensed under the GPLv2+

Volumetric grass effect

A new volumetric grass effect has been added to the Atmospheric Light Scattering (ALS) rendering framework using a technique known as shell texturing. The effect requires geometry shaders, which are known to be problematic on integrated Intel GPUs.

Airport volumetric grass.jpg

This effect can also be combined with the previous volumetric grass technique based on instancing, as demonstrated by forum user wlbragg.

Shell-texturing volumetric grass combined with instanced grass.

For more information see the forum thread.

In the hangar

  • System improvements and bug fixes of A320Family and Future A3XX aircraft by it0uchpods, legoboyvdlp, J Maverick 16 and Wecsje.
  • Improvements to the Boeing 737-800 by GabrielYV
  • New version of R44 Raven II helicopter by paju1986
  • Improvements to MD-10 by Skyboat and J Maverick 16
  • Improvements to KC-137R by J Maverick 16

Scenery corner

USA airports

Catalanoic has added buildings and 3D objects to Boston Logan Intl Airport (KBOS) for next default airport shipped under new FlightGear 2017.2. Some other recently developed airports include Norfolk Intl (KORF) and Portland Jetport (KPWM).

New OSM2City areas

San Carlos Airport - KSQL with Osm2city
Flying at night

Recently paju1986 has created OSM buildings (Osm2city) for Portugal and Spain, including Canary Islands.

Direct Downloads:

More specific information of this work available in the forum thread

Demo helicopter tour at Ibiza with Osm2city.

Osm2city Download List

Furthermore, there are some other users working with Osm2city.py. A Python script used to improve generation of urban areas for the FlightGear scenery. Buildings, roads, rail tracks, and objects based on Open Street Map real data. Developer oriented users will find interesting information in how to generate new areas in the FGWiki page of the Osm2city.py project.

For the regular user, also, there is a dedicated FGWiki page with a list of Areas populated with osm2city scenery where you can download many of them. Among others San Francisco Area KSFO and Boston Logan Int KBOS

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 May 2017 is Sightseeing over Sint Maarten by Icecode GL


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