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* Clickable Crew door towards the left side of the main cabin
* Clickable Crew door towards the left side of the main cabin
* Basic Animations
* Basic Animations
ToDo list:
* Animate tail rotor
* Add glass to the windows
* Finer Details to the Fuselage, smothing here and there, antennas
=== Liveries ===
=== Liveries ===

Revision as of 18:03, 4 October 2010

Welcome to the FlightGear Newsletter!
Please help us write the next edition!
Enjoy reading the latest edition!

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) can edit the newsletter and every contribution is welcome. So if you know about any FlightGear related projects such as for example updated scenery or aircraft, please do feel invited to add such news to the newsletter.

FlightGear events

Call for volunteers

The OpenRadar project is looking for a new maintainer.

Development news

Nasal for newbies

New software tools and projects

FlightGear addons and mods

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. 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). A very detailed user's manual would be released near the instrument inclusion in official repo. For now it features:

  • PFD and MFD (including revisionnary mode)
  • Altitude and Indicated Airspeed rulers
  • ASI, TAS, VS
  • HSI including VOR1, VOR2, GPS and ADF
  • full menu interface
  • full radio stack
  • full autopilot indications
  • integration with default autopilot (plus more as "Flight Level Change")
  • radio-to-radio flightplan creation "on the fly"
  • 10 nearest airports choice for direct-to flying or COMM freq adjustement
  • Artificial Horizon including a Flight Director
  • default integrated autopilot if none is specified
  • external perl script for MFD's maps creation from Atlas' map utility (work in *NIX and Windows environnment).
  • other stuff...

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 there is a in-progress archive available.

More pictures can be found here.

The zkv 1000 glass cockpit project

In the hangar

Boeing 747-400

The Boeing 747-400 has seen some extensive developments going on over the past month. Some of the latest developments include:

  • EICAS pages
  • Eletrical system
  • Sounds, recorded in reallife situations from a real 747

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!

Sikorsky S92 "Helibus"

This Aircraft is currently in a production state, Features currently included are:

  • very Basic Fuselage and Rotor assembly
  • very Basic FDM
  • Clickable Cargo door in the stern
  • Clickable Crew door towards the left side of the main cabin
  • Basic Animations

ToDo list:

  • Animate tail rotor
  • Add glass to the windows
  • Finer Details to the Fuselage, smothing here and there, antennas


Scenery corner


Aircraft of the month

Airport of the month

Screenshot of the month

Suggested flights

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 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.

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.

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.

Aircraft reviews

Wiki updates

Community news

FlightGear on youtube

New tutorials and screencasts

Forum news


Virtual airlines

Useful links

And finally ...

FAA adopts "line-up and wait"

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.

Read the official announcements at the FAA website.

Did you know