FlightGear Newsletter April 2016

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April 2016

Development news
In the hangar

Scenery Corner
Community News
FGPromo: A FlightGear Promotional Video

Translators required
FlightGear logos
Screenshot of the Month

Development news

IR vision

The ALS rendering framework has been upgraded to allow filtering of the final output. This includes in-sim adjustments of brightness and gamma as well as perhaps more exciting features like night vision and especially the IR vision mode.

ALS IR vision example

This mode is not just a black/white rendered mockup of an IR camera, but it shows genuine temperature differences based on solar input, thermal inertia of different materials and more. Also, modelers can assign emissive temperatures to objects which are then consistently rendered.


Scenery LOD Rationalization

Previously, the LOD ranges of random objects, trees, buildings and STG objects were set variously by materials.xml and fixed values. This was very inconsistent and wasn't controlled by the user. They have now been made consistent to use the /sim/rendering/static-lod/rough property which can be set from the LOD GUI dialog. There are a couple of impacts of this:

  • Scenery developers, and particularly those doing regional materials should not set the "tree-range-m" for random vegetation or the "range-m" property for random objects.
  • Scenery models should not use the LOD animation to control when the entire model becomes visible - this is now set appropriately by the sim itself. It may still be valuable to use the LOD to hide small details.

In the hangar

Alpha One by Melbourne Motor Design


Alpha One by Melbourne Motor Design has been released. Download link and information are available here (Melbourne Motor Design - Alpha One)

Scenery corner

Barcelona scenery improvements:

  • 3D objects optimisation
  • More Static buildings around
  • More shared objects
  • New wiki entry

Community news

FGPromo: A FlightGear Promotional Video

After more than 5 months of hard work, FGPromo, a video showing off FlightGear at its finest, has been released!


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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

Entries for this month's best screenshot can be submitted 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 on this page.