FlightGear flight simulator puts you in the cockpit to fly airliners, combat aircraft and helicopters. Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:
A new tracking animation provides an easy way for aircraft developers to animate complex kinematic systems like gear scissors or landing gear doors attached to struts. The animation can be implemented in Blender and then exported to FlightGear.
Icebergs now appear in the arctic seas.
Deciduous trees shed their foliage if they are above the snowline, creating a convincing winter look.
The climatic snow line moves up and down as you fly around the world.
Basic weather is now integrated with Atmospheric Light Scattering.
Clouds are placed more realistically when using detailed weather modelling.
The transponder instrument system has been overhauled, making it easier to use from panels, supporting Mode-S altitude encoding, and sending the important properties over multi-player. This will allow more realistic ATC interactions, since id (squawk) codes now matter! See this wiki page for more information on installing / updating the transponder installation in aircraft.
Many NavCache related startup issues experienced by Windows users (lag) were resolved
Portability for older systems without GLSL (shaders) support has been restored again, so that FlightGear no longer crashes on such systems.
Atmospheric Light Scattering
An ultra-high quality shader has been introduced, algorithmically generating detail down to the centimetre scale.
Autumn colors are now simulated from the middle of summer through to the beginning of winter.
Low visibility conditions are now more realistically rendered.
Trees move with the wind.
Surf is now visibile below steep sea-cliffs.
Improved performance, reduced memory occupancy
How to Install FlightGear Flight Simulator 2.12 in Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04, and 12.10
1. Open a terminal window.
2. Type in the following commands then hit Enter after each.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flightgear
Image Courtesy of: FlightGear Wiki
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