FlightGear Newsletter October 2010

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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)\\ 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.

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


Scenery corner


Aircraft of the month

Airport of the month

Screenshot of the month

Suggested flights

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.

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