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The FlightGear development team is delighted to announce the v2017.3 'Prague' release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes. Highlights in this release include performance improvements for some graphics cards and scripting, and volumetric grass that reacts to helicopter rotor downwash.Founded in 1997, FlightGear is developed by a worldwide group of volunteers, brought together by a shared ambition to create the most realistic flight simulator possible that is free to use, modify and distribute. FlightGear is used all over the world by desktop flight simulator enthusiasts, for research in universities and for interactive exhibits in museums.
FlightGear features more than 400 aircraft, a worldwide scenery database, a multiplayer environment, detailed sky modelling, a flexible and open aircraft modelling system, varied networking options, multiple display support, a powerful scripting language and an open architecture. Best of all, being open-source, the simulator is owned by the community and everyone is encouraged to contribute.
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- detailed Carrier USS Harry Truman and escort group, with many animated elements, using experimental wave motion
- C++ versions of props.nas setValues/setChildren() Improve performance of Nasal properties access by implementing the setValues/setChildren props.nas functions in C++ 
- Multiple flightplans fixed and is now possible to be controlled from Nasal. See Nasal_Flightplan.
- Starting on carriers fixed
- Simple API to add addons to FlightGear without the need to mess around with FGData/Nasal or FGHome/Nasal directories.
- Enabling of display lists for random vegetation provides a massive performance boost for random vegetation.
- More than 1000 screenshots now allowed
- new Mediterranean tree textures, new desert shrub textures
- Support for AI wake turbulence added. (a small code snippet needs to be added to the plane)
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- Volumetric grass effect utilizing a geometry shader, based on work by Fernando Garcia Linan
- Helicopter rotor wash effect for volumetric grass and water shaders
- consistent snow implementation for OSM roads and buildings
- directionally visible car lights for the OSM traffic shader
- realistic daytime-dependence of road traffic
Swedish Air Power
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The Saab JA-37 ‘Viggen’ (the name goes back to an old Swedish word and means ‘thunderbolt’) is a Swedish single seat all-weather interceptor aircraft variant. With it’s delta wings and the canard surfaces, it is a most iconic sight, and when the first prototype of the design was rolled out in 1967, it was considered one of the most advanced aircraft at the time.
The main design requirements were based on the notion that the aircraft would have to be operated from improvised airstrips, thus both the ability to utilize short (and, given Sweden’s climate, possibly frozen or snowy) runways and easy maintenance were considered very important. In fact, the ‘Viggen’ was constructed to cope with just 500 m of runway, yet to reach Mach 1 at sea level and Mach 2 at high altitude.
This is made possible by a powerful Volvo RM8 turbofan engine augmented with both an afterburner and a thrust reverser – the latter being fairly unique among fighter aircraft (only the Panavia Tornado is similarly equipped).
The aircraft simulated in Flightgear includes the JA-37 as well as the AJ-37 and the AJS-37 variants.
While the 3d cockpit is not the kind of photorealistic work to create an immediate ‘Wow!’, there’s also nothing jarring or severely amiss. Faithful to the original, all gauges on the main panel show metric units and many labels are in Swedish, but if Flightgear’s tooltip function is activated, just hovering with the mouse over a gauge explains in English what it is and provides the value in imperial units. The HUD can likewise be switched from metric to imperial units.
Away from the front panel, switches and warning lights are typically labeled in English to help the international user, and also the various audi-warnings produced by the aircraft are in English.
From the outside, the 3d model is rather compelling, and the plane comes with nice effects implemented – such as Mach shockwave and afterburner flame light illuminating the fuselage – in addition to lots of livery options.
The aircraft starts up with engines off, but if you want to get into the air quickly, there’s a quickstart function provided.
The ‘Viggen’ in flight
Once in the air, you can enjoy highly detailed flight dynamics. There’s tons of windtunnel and engine performance data worked into the FDM, including the behavior at very high alpha, so there’s realistic departure from controlled flight, including stalls and spins modeled.
The attention to detail shows, it’s one of the planes which just feel real. For instance, when approaching the transonic region or a high alpha regime, the plane starts to shake slightly.
Generally the ‘Viggen’ is easy to handle and one can quickly get the hang of flying the approach and landing. Faithful to the original, the plane can be brought onto the runway at fairly low alpha without a pronounced flare, and using the thrust reverser after touchdown is great fun.
Beware though – damage is modeled, and pulling too high g or smashing onto the runway will break the plane!
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Most interaction of the pilot with the avionics is probably through the HUD. Generally, the plane tries to be helpful and allows the pilot to focus on flying. There are four main HUD modes (takeoff, flight, tactical and landing) and with the exception of the last, they switch automatically as needed.
The plane also automatically tries to tune into nearby ILS frequencies, so when you approach a runway equipped with ILS, not only the airport designation but also ILS symbology will magically appear.
There’s lots of other small details to discover in the way the HUD works and interfaces with other systems aboard.
With close to a hundred working switches in the cockpit, the pilot can go through fairly realistic startup and shutdown procedures. The ‘Viggen’ makes good use of the Flightgear checklist functionality, with the option to highlight the control that should be operated next, or to automatically complete an item.
As an added surprise, the state the airplane is in when starting up is somewhat randomized in that sometimes a switch may already be flicked, sometimes not – a good way to keep the user’s attention on the checklist!
You probably won’t find too many planes on the Flightgear repository which have the systems modeled down to a working air-condition unit – but there it is. If you allow the cabin air to get too cold or too warm, not only will you see on-screen messages that you’re getting uncomfortable, but also the canopy will frost or fog, impairing your view.
There’s lots of other things modeled, among them a well-tuned autopilot, automatic control of flaps, an electrical system in which you can drain the battery and will see lights dim in response and last but not least a full range of working weapons systems, ranging from the cannon to un-guided air-ground missiles.
If your definition of ‘realism’ in a flight simulator goes beyond photo-realistic 3d modeling and you can get excited about very detailed flight dynamics and systems modeling, the ‘Viggen’ is a plane for you, and you can well spend a few hours exploring all the little details that are lovingly worked into the simulation, from a large range of sounds via the simulation of different damage modes to the way the radar interacts with MP or AI planes and can get blocked by the terrain.
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Well-implemented checklists and tooltips as well as the quickstart and shutdown functions make it easy to get used to operating the plane – give it a try!