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==Newsletter mailing list==
 
==Newsletter mailing list==
To fullfill some requests, we now have a special newsletter [[mailing list]], thanks to Curt! Please [https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/flightgear-newsletter register yourself]. Emails will be sent when a newsletter is released,  
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To fulfill some requests, we now have a special newsletter [[mailing list]], thanks to Curt! Please [https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/flightgear-newsletter register yourself]. Emails will be sent when a newsletter is released, and also a week in advance of the release, in order to remind anyone that their help is welcome.
and possibly also a week in advance of the release, in order to remind anyone that their help is welcome.
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== FlightGear events ==
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==Call for volunteers==
== Call for volunteers ==
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=== OpenRadar ===
 
The [[OpenRadar]] project is looking for a new maintainer.
 
The [[OpenRadar]] project is looking for a new maintainer.
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== Development news ==
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=== Translators required ===
== Nasal for newbies ==
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== New software tools and projects ==
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|The FlightGear Wiki still needs help for translating it into various languages. If you are interested in making the FlightGear Wiki multi-language then start at [[Help:Translate]].
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|Das FlightGear Wiki benötigt immer noch Hilfe bei der Übersetzung in verschiedene Sprachen. Wenn Du Interesse daran hast, das FlightGear Wiki Mehrsprachig zu machen, dann fang doch mit [[:de:Help:Übersetzen|Help:Übersetzen]] an.
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|De FlightGear Wiki kan nog steed hulp gebruiken bij het vertalen van artikelen. Als je interesse hebt om de wiki meertalig te maken, raden we je aan om een kijkje te nemen bij [[:nl:Help:Vertalen|Help:Vertalen]].
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== FlightGear addons and mods ==
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== In the hangar ==
Zakharov has been working on his glass cockpit and has improved the zkv1000 instrument a lot. This is a pale replica of well known Garmin Primus 1000. All interface and features are based from User's Manual for Garmin Primus 1000 embedded in DA40/DA40F aircraft.
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===ZKV1000 instrument===
It is designed for very simple integration in aircraft panel, and it is possible (wip) to configure many parts of graphic interface and automatic behaviour for specific aircraft (e.g. airspeed ruler and speed warnings).
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[[File:Zkv1000.jpg|thumb|250px|The zkv 1000 glass cockpit project]]
A very detailed user's manual would be released near the instrument inclusion in official repo. For now it features:
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''Zakharov'' is working on a new glass cockpit and is improving the ZKV1000 instrument, turning it into a replica of the Garmin Primus 1000. The interface is based on a Garmin Primus 1000 user manual found in a DA40 aircraft. It is designed for simple integration in an aircraft panel, and in the future it will be possible to configure the graphic interface and automatic behavior for specific aircraft (i.e. speed warnings).
* PFD and MFD (including revisionnary mode)
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* Altitude and Indicated Airspeed rulers
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* ASI, TAS, VS
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* HSI including VOR1, VOR2, GPS and ADF
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* full menu interface
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* full radio stack
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* full autopilot indications
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* integration with default autopilot (plus more as "Flight Level Change")
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* radio-to-radio flightplan creation "on the fly"
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* 10 nearest airports choice for direct-to flying or COMM freq adjustement
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* Artificial Horizon including a Flight Director
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* default integrated autopilot if none is specified
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* external perl script for MFD's maps creation from Atlas' map utility (work in *NIX and Windows environnment).
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* other stuff...
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There are still many to do before a release could be done, but it may take a month or less before first inclusion on official Git repo. For impatient guys [http://seb.marque.free.fr/fichiers/flightgear/zkv1000.tgz there is a in-progress archive available].
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More pictures can be found [http://seb.marque.free.fr/fichiers/flightgear/snapshots/index.php?/category/5 here].
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An user manual will be released when the instrument is completed. For now, it features:
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* PFD and MFD (including revisionary mode)
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* Altimeter, speedometer, TAS, and VSI
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* Artificial horizon with flight director
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* HSI with two VOR radios, GPS, and ADF
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* Full menu interface
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* Full radio stack
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* Integration with the [[autopilot]]
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* Flight plan creation "on the fly"
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* External perl script for MFD map creation using the [[Atlas|Atlas mapping utility]] (works under Linux/UNIX and Windows only at the moment)
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[[File:Zkv1000.jpg|thumb|250px|The zkv 1000 glass cockpit project]]
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A release is still a few weeks off, but a [http://seb.marque.free.fr/fichiers/flightgear/zkv1000.tgz development snapshot] is available. Screenshots can be found [http://seb.marque.free.fr/fichiers/flightgear/snapshots/index.php?/category/5 here].
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== In the hangar ==
   
===Boeing 747-400===
 
===Boeing 747-400===
The [[Boeing 747-400]] has seen some extensive developments going on over the past month. Some of the latest developments include:
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[[Image:Boeing_747-400_KLM_night.png|thumb|250px]]
* EICAS pages
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In order to show something nice at the FSweekend, besides all the nice stuff FlightGear offers, the [[Boeing 747-400]] has seen some extensive developments going on over the past month(s). Some of these include:
* Eletrical system
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* EICAS pages including detailed fuel and electrical synoptics.
* Sounds, recorded in reallife situations from a real 747
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* Electrical system
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* Exterior lighting like the cabin lights shining through the windows and the tailfin logo.
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* [[Howto: Implement copilot announcements|Virtual copilot]], announcing V speeds on takeoff.
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* Functional [[CDU]] (to some degree, just a small amount of pages has been included so far).
    
===Lockheed L-1011-500 Tristar===
 
===Lockheed L-1011-500 Tristar===
This now-historic jetliner will be getting a cockpit in the near future, hopefully making it a more enjoyable plane to fly!
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A new cockpit is being developed for the historic [[Lockheed L-1011-500|L-1011-500]] airliner by [[User:Armchair Ace|Armchair Ace]] and ''statto'', hopefully making it an enjoyable aircraft to fly!
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===Zeppelin NT===
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[[File:ZLT-NT_panel.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The Zeppelin NT instrument panel.]]
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The [[Zeppelin NT]]'s cockpit has been updated with some new instruments:
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* An envelope pressure indicator contributed by Robert Leda.
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* An outside air temperature and superheat indicator by Anders Gidenstam.
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* A KNS-80 integrated navigation system by Syd Adams and Ron Jensen (from the generic Instruments-3d collection).
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Replacement of the big PFD with two smaller units (that will fit) is awaiting future developments in the FlightGear core.
    
===Sikorsky S92 "Helibus"===
 
===Sikorsky S92 "Helibus"===
This Aircraft is currently in a production state, Features currently included are:
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The S92 is currently under development by ''Arthur Maiden''. So far, the following parts are completed:
* very Basic Fuselage and Rotor assembly
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* Basic fuselage and rotor assembly
* very Basic FDM
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* Basic [[YASim]] FDM
* Clickable Cargo door in the stern
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* Openable cargo and crew doors
* Clickable Crew door towards the left side of the main cabin
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* Basic animations
* Basic Animations
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ToDo list:
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Still on the to-do list:
 
* Animate tail rotor
 
* Animate tail rotor
* Add glass to the windows
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* Add glass to windows
* Finer Details to the Fuselage, smothing here and there, antennas
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* Add further detail to fuselage, smooth out the model, add antennas
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===PZL-Mielec M18B "Dromader"===
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[[File:PZL-Mielec_M18B_Dromader_PromoImage.png|thumb|right|250px|The M18B "Dromader", an under development AG aircraft]]
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The Spain-Latinamerican FlightGear community released the public beta of their new developed aircraft: the PZL-Mielec M18B "Dromader", a popular AG plane. The aircraft are available to download at the [http://www.vivefg.org/ Vive FlightGear] web site, and has:
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* A complete 3D model
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* Animated & texturizad exterior with two liveries
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* [[Immatriculation]]
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* Basic instrumentation
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* Custom sounds
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* Basic particle system
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* A well working FDM
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You can find more info in the [http://www.flightgear.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9929 forum thread]. Take it, and try some air cropdusting action!
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===MiG-15===
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[[File:MiG-15bs-Cockpit.jpg|thumb|right|250px|MiG-15bis cockpit.]]
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The aircraft's current developer, Victor Slavutinsky, worked hard on this beauty over the past months. The project's current state:
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* Realistic JSBsim model based on MiG-15bis manuals.
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* Fully clickable cockpit.
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* Realistic ground and air engine startup procedures.
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* Harder-than-realistic complicated crash and breakage system.
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* Simple but exacting electrical and fuel systems.
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* PDF documentation.
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* Distortable gyro instrumentation.
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* Dropable external fuel tanks.
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* Bombable script compatible cannons.
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* Fast and smooth JSB driven own instrumentation.
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=== Liveries ===
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==Scenery corner==
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===New York City World Trade Center===
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In memory of the victims of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks] on the World Trade Center, [[User:Skyop|Skyop]] has modelled the now-destroyed North and South towers. The models are time-aware, so they appear on their top-off ceremony dates and disappear on their collapse times. The buildings feature night lighting and for 24 hours after their collapses, they become shining translucent monuments.
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== Scenery corner ==
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<gallery>
=== Airports ===
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Image:WTC-9-11day.jpg | During daytime
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Image:WTC-9-11night.jpg | Lighting up at night
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Image:WTC-9-11trans.jpg | Translucent for a day after collapses
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</gallery>
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== Aircraft of the month ==
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The models will be available through [[TerraSync]] soon. You will need to [[Command line options#Time Options|set the date and/or time]] to view them.
== Airport of the month ==
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== Screenshot of the month ==
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== Suggested flights ==
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==Suggested flights==
=== Gulf of Finland sightseeing tour ===
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===Gulf of Finland sightseeing tour===
 
Take a VFR sightseeing tour over the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki to Tallinn! Estonia's landmarks are all recent additions, while Helsinki was one of the first cities to have original models in the scenery model database.
 
Take a VFR sightseeing tour over the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki to Tallinn! Estonia's landmarks are all recent additions, while Helsinki was one of the first cities to have original models in the scenery model database.
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Take off from the smaller EFHF airfield in Helsinki, or try your luck fighting the virtual traffic at Vantaa, but head toward the port of Helsinki, looking for the Hartwall Arena, the Pasila tower, the railway station and the Olympic Stadium along the way. Make your way out over the Gulf flying just west of south - a heading of 190 should set you up nicely for a sightseeing tour of Tallinn. Try to come in from the west and do a sweeping left turn over the capital of Estonia, looking out for the Swissotel, Olympic Hotel, the Television tower, and other important landmarks in the capital city of Estonia. Make sure you look out for St. Olaf's Church, the tallest building in the capital city. Make your way over the Ulemiste Jarv (lake) to land on runway 09 at Tallinn's main airport.
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Take off from the smaller EFHF airfield in Helsinki, or try your luck fighting the virtual traffic at Vantaa, and head toward the port of Helsinki. Look for the Hartwall Arena, the Pasila tower, the railway station and the Olympic Stadium along the way. Make your way out over the Gulf flying just west of south - a heading of 190 should set you up nicely for a sightseeing tour of Tallinn. Try to come in from the west and do a sweeping left turn over the capital of Estonia, looking out for the Swissotel, Olympic Hotel, the Television tower, and other important landmarks in the capital city of Estonia. Make sure you look out for St. Olaf's Church, the tallest building in the capital city. Make your way over the Ulemiste Jarv (lake) to land on runway 09 at Tallinn's main airport.
    
If you desire, you can do a touch-and-go at Tallinn and set your course southeastward, landing at Tartu Airport, which is also modeled in FlightGear.
 
If you desire, you can do a touch-and-go at Tallinn and set your course southeastward, landing at Tartu Airport, which is also modeled in FlightGear.
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The distance between Helsinki and Tallinn is about 50 miles or 80 kilometres, while Tartu is twice the distance from Tallinn at 100 miles/160 kilometres. Fly a heading of 135 to get to Tartu from Tallinn.
 
The distance between Helsinki and Tallinn is about 50 miles or 80 kilometres, while Tartu is twice the distance from Tallinn at 100 miles/160 kilometres. Fly a heading of 135 to get to Tartu from Tallinn.
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== Aircraft reviews ==
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==Wiki updates==
 
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Various addons were installed in order to extend the functionality of our wiki. These include:
== Wiki updates ==
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* Support for embedded videos from various sources (including YouTube).
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* A count down script that displays the number of days till a pre-set date.
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* Extra flexibility for displaying various images in a gallery.
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* A calender (currently being tested at [[Current events|this page]]).
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== Community news ==
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==Community news==
=== FlightGear on youtube ===
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===FlightGear on YouTube===
* FlightGear user planetacancun uploaded an [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB0N7MvQDkk excellent video] showing the equally excellent [[MiG-15]].
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* FlightGear user ''planetacancun'' uploaded an [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB0N7MvQDkk excellent video] showing the equally excellent [[MiG-15]].
* Two videos ([http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMEfzPGfXRU] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OXplTr96S4]) featuring the photo-scenery at [[Brest]], were uploaded by Dawid. Pictures used are CC-BY-SA Brest Métropole Océane. http://www.brest.fr/territoire-competences/brest-metropole-oceane/bmo-vue-du-ciel.html
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* Altough being built back in 2003, a video hasn't been released until now. I am talking about a [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogauHnDOo_0 home built three degrees of freedom flightsimulator], which runs on FlightGear, of course! With overall costs being less than $100, this is the ultimate example of in-reach home built cockpits.  
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* Two videos ([http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMEfzPGfXRU] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OXplTr96S4]) featuring the photo-scenery at [[Brest]], were uploaded by ''Dawid''. Pictures used are CC-BY-SA Brest Métropole Océane. http://www.brest.fr/territoire-competences/brest-metropole-oceane/bmo-vue-du-ciel.html
 
* A [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd_WEpRKStc nice example] of some [[Howto: Multiplayer|multiplayer]] fun (chasing the [[An-225]] in a [[F-16]]) is uploaded by SweetChinMusic1133.
 
* A [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd_WEpRKStc nice example] of some [[Howto: Multiplayer|multiplayer]] fun (chasing the [[An-225]] in a [[F-16]]) is uploaded by SweetChinMusic1133.
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* A [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2BSUOMyiIg video tutorial] showing how to add objects with the UFO uploaded by ''draoi99''.
    
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkeApfVUnVk&feature=PlayList&p=3B31CCD15245D0AA&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1 Watch the FlightGear PlayList] for a collection of all (somewhat) quality FlightGear videos ever uploaded to YouTube.
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkeApfVUnVk&feature=PlayList&p=3B31CCD15245D0AA&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1 Watch the FlightGear PlayList] for a collection of all (somewhat) quality FlightGear videos ever uploaded to YouTube.
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=== New tutorials and screencasts ===
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==And finally...==
=== Forum news ===
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===FAA adopts "line-up and wait"===
=== Multiplayer ===
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The American Federal Aviation Administration adopted the ICAO standard for [[ATC]] clearance to enter the runway. The command "[taxi into] position and hold" has been replaced with "line-up and wait" now, already in use at most non-US airports. FlightGear pilots and controllers are requested to bring this change in practice.
=== Virtual airlines ===
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Read the official announcement at the [http://www.faa.gov/airports/runway_safety/news/current_events/lauw/ FAA website].
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[[File:FSweekend_banner_2010.jpg|right|300px]]
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===Reminder: FSweekend===
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Just a couple of days (at the time of publicitation) till the largest flight simulator event in the world (the [[FSweekend]] at [[Lelystad Airport]], the Netherlands)! Throughout the weekend of 6&7 November a team of FlightGear developers will be present in Lelystad to promote FlightGear to the public.
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In addition to our presence in Lelystad, the FSweekend can be attended online as well. The guys from [[TransGear]] will organise one of their famous events around it! This is your chance to promote FlightGear to the world from behind your desk.
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So, enough reasons to make sure to keep the weekend free of appointments. More information can be found at the event's wiki page: [[FSweekend 2010]].
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== Useful links ==
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You can expect a report of the event in the November edition of this newsletter, together with pictures of the setups in Lelystad.
== And finally ... ==
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===FAA adopts "line-up and wait"===
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The US based aviation agency FAA adopted the ICAO standard for [[ATC]] clearances to enter the runway. The command "(taxi into) position and hold" is replaced with "line-up and wait" now - which was already used at most non-US airports. FlightGear pilots and controllers are requested to bring this change in practice.
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Read the official announcements at the [http://www.faa.gov/airports/runway_safety/news/current_events/lauw/ FAA website].
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===Did you know===
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FlightGear has key assignments for every conceivable function. Unfortunately, it is all to easy to press the wrong key by mistake and have difficulty diagnosing and then recovering from the resulting command. The two scenarios below are both regular occurances for me, which I thought worth mentioning, just in case you hit the same problem part way through a challenging approach...
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=== Did you know ===
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* Throttle stops responding. Typically this is because you've de-selected the relevant engine by pressing !, ", £ or $. The fastest fix is to select all engines - @
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* Aircraft suddenly starts turning to the left or right. Typically, this is because you have enabled the autopilot heading mode. The control for this is Ctrl-H. However, Ctrl-H also happens to be the key code for Backspace on some systems. If you use the quick text-based chat system in MP (key "_"), and attempt to delete all you have written using Backspace, it is all to easy to toggle the autopilot.
    
[[Category:FlightGear Newsletter|2010 10]]
 
[[Category:FlightGear Newsletter|2010 10]]
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[[es:FlightGear Newsletter October 2010]]

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