FlightGear Newsletter October 2019

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FlightGear F-15 selected for DARPA project

DARPA has selected eight teams to compete in the AlphaDogfight Trials, a virtual competition designed to demonstrate advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that can perform simulated within-visual-range air combat maneuvering, colloquially known as a dogfight.

All eight teams will compete in each of the three scheduled trials. They will use the JSBSim open-source flight dynamics model for simulation environment and the open-source FlightGear Flight Simulator for the visual system. The simulated aircraft for the Trials is the publically available, unclassified FlightGear version of an F-15C fighter aircraft.[1]

FlightGear F-15 DARPA Alfa DogFight Trial

Development news

Support for transonic flow effects in YASim

YASim now supports transonic compressibility effects on flight surfaces. Aircraft that fly faster than Mach 0.6 often have supercritical airfoils, where the flow on the upper surface reaches supersonic speeds even if the aircraft itself is below mach 1. These airfoils are optimized for lower drag in this flight regime.

YASim now has a parameter "flow" which is valid for wing, mstab, vstab and hstab. If set to "TRANSONIC", YASim applies a Prandtl/Glauert compressibility correction for each surface of the wing which results in more lift above mach 0.6 with a peak at Mach 1 (see figure). The default value is "SUBSONIC" which turns the behavior off and computes just like previous YASim versions. Use this parameter for all jets with supercritical airfoils or anything that flies faster than mach 0.6. The result is a more balanced lift/drag result from the solver. Please do not use this parameter for supersonic aircraft!

Plot of the subsonic and supersonic Prandtl/Glauert transformation.

Also you can specify a critical mach number for each wing (and mstab, vstab, hstab) using the parameter "mcrit". In aerodynamics the critical mach number is the flight mach number above which drag due to mach (also called wave drag) becomes relevant. If flow="TRANSONIC" is set, YASim looks for mcrit (default is 0.6) and adds exponential mach drag above that mach number. The estimation is done by a method according to Perkins and Hage. Future versions may tune and expand this behavior a bit.

As always with YASim, these parameters are no drop-in solution. Setting the flow and mcrit parameters will change the flight behavior of existing aircraft and other settings may need to be corrected after that. Also this feature is experimental at the moment - please review the code and report any issues to the developer mailing list.

In the hangar

Updated aircraft

Schleicher ASK13

The Schleicher ASK13 glider has received a big update including a better FDM, more realistic interior as well as a basic electrical system. You can find more about this aircraft at its wiki article.

Zenith Air CH750

One of the ultimate STOL aircraft, the CH750 has received multiple update. Check out its wiki article


The F-15 V1.10 has updates to the

  • flight model
  • aerodynamics
  • ground effect
  • weight and balance
  • flight controls
  • Radar Cross section (RCS) values
  • Changes to the VSD for compatibility with 2019.1.x


F-16 version 3.16 was released [[1]] with major updates to Stores, the HUD & visual effects as well as various flight systems.


The Viggen has been updated to V4.316 [[2]]. Updates include terrain following code, armament, various cockpit tooltips and effects. Read more on the wiki.


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 YouTube

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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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.

Thanks for reading FlightGear Newsletter October 2019!

  1. DARPA Picks Teams for Virtual Air Combat Competition. Published by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Archived from the original on October 24, 2019. Retrieved Noveber 9, 2019.