O FlightGear, simulador Freeware e Open Source e multi-plataforma de licença GNU/GPL foi actualizado para a versão 0.9.8. Lembramos que se trata de um simulador independente e não de um add-on para o FS. A lista de alterações é extensa e salientamos as operações em porta-aviões que passam agora a estar suportadas. Entretanto alguns aviões foram actualizados incluindo o Concorde. Mais informações e downloads aqui. Em ‘leia mais’ a lista de alterações face à versão anterior.
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.
Various FreeBSD fixes.
Various MSVC fixes.
Various Mac OS X fixes.
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,