Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How to Install FlightGear 2017.3 on Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04

   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: Accurate buildings from OpenStreetMap, voice synthesis of tutorial instructions, improved rendering of Earth from orbit, and a more realistic blackout/redout system.

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.

FlightGear 2017.3 release highlights:
  • detailed Carrier USS Harry Truman and escort group, with many animated elements, using experimental wave motion
Property tree
  • C++ versions of props.nas setValues/setChildren() Improve performance of Nasal properties access by implementing the setValues/setChildren props.nas functions in C++ [1]
  • 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)
  • 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 trafficic
Installation instructions:

 Opening terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and running the command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install flightgear

How to Remove:

   To remove FlightGear , open terminal and run command:

$ sudo apt-get remove flightgear && sudo apt-get autoremoveus

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