FlightGear 0.9.8

January 22nd, 2005 by Marv

A new version of the popular multi-platform flight simulator , FlightGear has been announced. The changelog includes the following items:

  • Added an encoder and transponder to the available avionics modules.
  • Updates to the AI traffic manager.
  • Updates to the submodel system. This allows things like contrails, payload dropping, projectile firing, and aircraft carrier landings.
  • Added some controls for aircraft carrier operations.
  • Updated to sync with latest JSBSim developments.
  • YAsim adds support for contra-rotating propeller pairs as well as crude models for ITT, Oil Temp and Oil Pressure in the jet turbine engine model.
  • Instruments, avionics, and subsystems are now configurable per aircraft. You can assemble the correct componets available for each particular aircraft.
  • Updates to the wet compass to make it behave much more like a real wet compass including various errors and motion effects.
  • Make display list usage optional since these can be a net performance loss on some older or low memory platforms.
  • Make sound inaudible until after the scenery is loaded.
  • Move radio stack and avionics code from cockpit library to instrumentation library.
  • Added several digital filters to the autopilot: exponential, dobule exponential, moving average, and noise spike. These are available to aircraft designers via the autopilot config file.
  • Make sure the ATIS reports surface winds at airports above sea-level
  • Default C172 3d model has been completely reworked and many things have been fixed or sized or placed more accurately.
  • Replace old basic.dat.gz and runways.dat.gz with apt.dat.gz (x-plane format)
  • Fix a crash that could occur when the joystick config specified more buttons or axes than the physical hardware provided.
  • Fixes to make FlightGear work with 16bpp visual depth.
  • gcc 2.95 and 4.0 fixes.
  • Updated aircraft: 737, A-10, AN-225, B-52, BAC-TSR2, Concorde, Spitfire, BO-105 Helicopter, F-15 (updated flight control system), Fokker DR1 (triplane), Fokker 50, Fokker 100, Seahawk made carrier capable (working arresting hook)
  • New aircraft: Cessna Citation-II (wip), Beech 1900D, DHC-2 Beaver (on floats)
  • Updated KAP140 autopilot instrument (used in default C172.)
  • Updated Nimitz model (aircraft carrier), updated radio tower models, added Oracle head quarters to bay area scenery, added Dumbarton bridge at the south end of the SFO bay, added a model of Alcatraz

Download: [ FlightGear 0.9.8 ]

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