FlightGear Newsletter May 2019

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May 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


The Boeing 777 in FGAddon now has the 777 FlyByWire system designed by Octal450. It should closely emulate the real one, within the limitations of YAsim. Certain protections are not modeled due to these limitations. The following is functional:

  • Roll Control Law with attitude holding and bank angle protection
  • C*U Pitch Law and Trim Ref function with Flare Mode and Autotrim
  • Rudder Ratio, Yaw Damper and Turn Coordinator

The flight control system has also been improved, and a trim handler now corrects the auto-rotation behavior brought on by YAsim.


The IDG-MD-11 has received many updates by Octal450 including:

  • New detailed electrical and hydraulic systems
  • Improved LSAS, Aileron Droop, and autospoilers
  • Simulated "Performance Improvement Package"
  • Improved Aerodynamics
  • Improved 3D modelling (Thanks CaptB!)
  • Dial A Flap simulation
  • IntegratedSystems being rolled out, allows much more complex systems while taking up less CPU time and thus more FPS!
  • X was removed from the aircraft name to better suit the aircraft


The IDG-PA28 is getting a major overhaul which has been merging into master. Changes include:

  • Brand new Exterior and Virtual Cockpit! (Thanks D-ECHO!)
  • New rewritten systems following IntegratedSystems guidelines
  • Improved Aerodynamics and Flight Control System
  • X was removed from the aircraft name to better suit the aircraft


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


Keflavik Airport passenger terminal

Keflavik Airport (BIKF) in Iceland will be the next default airport in FlightGear 2019.2. There is a team of people improving this island to make it present the best we have when starting up for the first time ;).

D-ECHO already has an improved terrain version (mostly new layouts and some OSM stuff for landcover) at github/D-ECHO/Iceland. What we would need (besides better terrain data, if we can find any, although I think this is currently already very nice) would be objects for as many airfields as we can and maybe some material improvements (e.g. airports still look quite different to what they look IRL).

Please see the Iceland topic topic on the forum This is a link to the FlightGear forum. for details and maybe it would be good if people also reported the airports they are working on, so we don't get duplicate efforts.

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

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 2019 is New Aviatik to Colmar Sud by LesterBoffo. New Aviatik to Colmar Sud by LesterBoffo

If you want to participate in the screenshot contest of June, you can submit your candidate to this topic on the forum 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 edition of June.

Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter May 2019!