FlightGear wiki:Writing about aircraft

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The so called aircraft pages on the wiki are used to introduce the controllable craft to new FlightGear users — including aircraft, spacecraft, seacraft, and vehicles — as well as serve as an easy to read reference for experienced users.

Aircraft infobox

The main and very first element of the craft pages is the {{infobox aircraft}} template. This provides a large amount of information about the FlightGear craft, including:

  • Craft name.
  • The hangar the craft can be found in (if one exists).
  • 1 or 2 ideal screenshots (or splash screen) of the craft.
  • The craft type, configuration, propulsion and manufacturer information.
  • The author list.
  • FDM type.
  • The command line name of the craft.
  • The development status.
  • The ready icons that some craft developers like to use.
  • The development hanger (e.g. if the craft from a 3rd party hangar is hosted in FGAddon), development website, and development repository.
  • A download link.
  • Livery database and forum thread links.
  • Licensing information.
  • The craft type.


To help with translations — so that there is only a single aircraft infobox used for different language pages of the aicraft — subpages and transclusion should be used. Please see the comprehensive documentation at {{Infobox aircraft#Translations - using subpages}}.

Lower case first letter

Some craft, for example the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, begin with a lower case letter. To handle this, the very first text on the page should be the {{lowercase title}} template. For ideal spacing, it should be on the same line as the aircraft infobox transclusion:

{{lowercase title}}{{:{{PAGENAME}}/info}}

Introduction text

The introduction text should describe the physical craft as well as some basic information about the craft as developed for FlightGear. This text should not be within a wiki section - that will allow for the automatically generated TOC (table of contents) to be placed below it.


For reference, the keyboard shortcuts for the craft should be tabulated. For this, a wiki table with the "keytable" class is used together with the {{key press}} template. For example:

{| class="keytable"
| {{key press|c}}
| Show/hide cockpit.
| {{key press|Ctrl|w}}
| Center nose wheel.

This results in:

Key Function
c Show/hide cockpit.
Ctrl+w Center nose wheel.


Some users like to perform reviews of the FlightGear craft, and this information can be quite useful for new users. This should be placed below the craft information in its own == Review == section. The {{date}} template can be placed at the start of the review text - the date stamp will allow the reader to check if the review matches the current craft.


For those feeling ambitious, the review text could even be placed in a wiki subpage. So in Piper PA-32, for example, the main article could be structured as:


<!-- introduction text -->

== Review ==

== V Speeds ==
<!-- info -->

== Gallery ==
<gallery mode="packed">
<!-- screenshots -->

Then the subpage Piper PA-32/review could be created with the structure:


=== The Model ===
<!-- text -->

=== Interior ===
<!-- text -->

=== Flying ===
<!-- text -->

=== Improvements needed ===
<!-- text -->

<div style="text-align: right; width: 300px">{{navbar|:{{#titleparts: {{PAGENAME}} | | -1}}/review|text=This review:}}</div>

Note the different heading levels (== vs. ===). A signature or name attached to the review text is not necessary, as that is clearly visible in the history (especially when the review is encapsulated in a subpage). Eventually a template for standardising the review subpage could be created (that would contain the date, text, and navbar elements).

In the above example, the following MediaWiki code uses the {{navbar}} template to add view, talk page, and edit links to the end of the review text:

<div style="text-align: right; width: 300px">{{navbar|:{{#titleparts: {{PAGENAME}} | | -1}}/review|text=This review:}}</div>


The best way to show off the craft is to create a gallery of awesome screenshots. This is placed in its own == Gallery == section near the bottom of the article. These can be uploaded to the wiki, and then linked to using the <gallery> tag. For example, from the Cessna 172P:

<gallery mode="packed">
c172p-preview5.jpg|Cessna 172P high over Italy
c172p-preview7.jpg|PT-IAO on a soft dirt runway 
c172p-preview0.jpg|Panel view, about to take off

This results in:

Alternatively the {{gallery}} template can be used, though this has been made redundant by the far more flexible MediaWiki <gallery> tag.

Additional sections

Feel free to create new sections as required for documenting the craft.