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Here is an update on the current postponed deliverables:

  • MAY 28th - EPISODE 8 (IFR) will be released!
  • EARLY JUNE - Partnership Series update will be released.

Alpha Patch Coming Soon

The team is currently working on a patch update for the recently released Alpha 3 build. We are implementing a number of fixes based on feedback from the community. Next week we will be releasing highlights for the upcoming patch, along with a release date. Once we release the patch, we will also include full patch notes.

May 28th:

  • Patch note highlights
  • Patch release date announced

Alpha Invitations

More invitations being sent out tomorrow!

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Orientation Event

Come join us on Sunday, May 31, 2020 for the start of the biggest VATSTAR event in our site's history!

Every year in June, VATSTAR hosts an Anniversary event to celebrate the creation of our organization. This year is our 5th anniversary and we are pulling out all the stops! Come celebrate with us as we throw a VATSTAR Birthday Bash like never before with 5 separate events:

*Prize availability is subject to sponsor distribution. This means that if the sponsor does not follow through with prize donation, that prize will not be available. The exception is the Fundraiser Event (Sunny State of Mind) where your donation will be refunded back to you should your prize become unavailable. In order to qualify for the prize, you must attend the entire event. The winner will be selected at random from the list of registered members who attended and announced no later than July the 5th. A single participant may be selected for multiple prizes.

Birthday Bash Orientation Event: Information Session & Presentation

SUNDAY MAY 31, 2020
2300z
(5 PRIZE GIVEAWAYS THIS EVENT)

  • Rules and Registration
  • Sponsor Introduction and Presentations
  • Detailed Event Timeline and Breakdown
  • Prize Giveaway Descriptions and Distribution Information
  • Prize Giveaways this event: 5
    • VKB Gladiator Joystick
    • TFDi Design PACX
    • FlySimWare Falcon 50
    • VSKYLABS ICON-A5
    • VATSTAR Lifetime Star Subscription

Go the Distance: Long Haul

SUNDAY JUNE 7, 2020
1700z
(5 PRIZE GIVEAWAYS THIS EVENT)

  • Flight 1 of 4
  • Denver, CO (KDEN) to Honolulu, HI (PHNL)
  • Prize Giveaways this event: 5
    • REX Skyforce + worldwide airports
    • Orbx winner's choice product
    • TFDi Design 12 month subscription to smartCARS premium
    • Golden Age Simulations winner's choice product
    • FS2Crew copy

The Wild West: VFR

SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2020
2300z
(5 PRIZE GIVEAWAYS THIS EVENT)

  • Flight 2 of 4
  • North Las Vegas, NV (KVGT) to Grand Canyon, AZ (KGCN)
  • Prize Giveaways this event: 5
    • A2A winner's choice product
    • Orbx winner's choice product
    • VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain
    • Golden Age Simulations winner's choice product
    • Nemeth Designs Bell 407

The Hudson Miracle: IFRA

SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2020
1800z
(5 PRIZE GIVEAWAYS THIS EVENT)

  • Flight 3 of 4
  • Charlotte, NC (KCLT) to Queens, NY (KLGA)
  • Prize Giveaways this event: 5
    • TFDi Design 717
    • FlySimWare Falcon 50
    • REX Skyforce + worldwide airports
    • Nemeth Designs Bell 407
    • Just Flight Add On

Sunny State of Mind: Fundraiser IFR

SUNDAY JUNE 28, 2020
2130z
(30 PRIZE GIVEAWAYS THIS EVENT)

Note: 25% of the contributions will be donated to the Aerospace Center for Excellence (Sun n Fun). Every year the Sun n Fun Airshow funds 80% of this amazing organization and this year, because of the COVID-19 virus, they were forced to cancel. As an aviation community, we feel like supporting this organization is very important and is the very essence of why we do what we do; to share our passion with the world.

  • Flight 4 of 4
  • Atlanta, GA (KATL) to Tampa, FL (KTPA)
  • LIMITED SEAT FLIGHT! Only 30 spots available
  • Your spot is secured with a $20 donation upon registration for the event (Registration opens on May 31st during Orientation)
  • Every participant gets a prize valued at least $20.
  • Prize Giveaways this event: 30
    • Virtual-Fly Yoko The Yoke
    • VKB Gladiator Joystick (3)
    • TFDi Design PACX
    • TFDi Design 717
    • Just Flight Add On (2)
    • FS2Crew Copy
    • Orbx winner's choice product (3)
    • REX Skyforce + worldwide airports (3)
    • VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T
    • VSKYLABS Robinson R66 Turbine
    • VSKYLABS Flight Design CTLS
    • A2A winner's choice product (3)
    • Golden Age Simulations winner's choice product (3)
    • FlySimWare Falcon 50 (3)
    • Nemeth Designs Aerospatiale SA-2 Samson
    • Nemeth Designs Sikorsky S-76A Spirit
    • Nemeth Designs Eurocopter EC-130 B4

With over 12 sponsors and a grand total of 50 prizes, this will be an event you will not want to miss!

For more information visit:

vatstar.com/birthday2020

The FlightGear development team is delighted to announce the v2020.1 release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bug fixes. Enhancements since 2019.1 include the inclusion of the Compositor graphical rendering framework as a separate pre-built binary, better aircraft carrier support, improvements to both the JSBSim and YASim flight dynamics models, better view options, more efficient and better looking OpenStreetMap buildings and translation of the UI into Polish. Major aircraft updates include the Boeing 777, Airbus A320, Antonov AN-24, F-16, Piper J3 Cub, Saab JA37 Viggen, Piper PA28 Cherokee, Bombardier Q-400, Space Shuttle.

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.

FlightGear - Fly Free!

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Development Update

Here is an update on the current postponed deliverables:

  • MAY 28th – EPISODE 8 (IFR) is our current target release date
  • EARLY JUNE – Partnership Series update will be released

Alpha 3 Has Been Released

The team is excited to announce that we have released Alpha 3 (build 1.3.9.0) today!

Build Notes

New content – Boeing 747-8i

Very specific details also provided for other included aircraft.

Alpha Invitations

Alpha invitations are being sent starting today!

SDK Update

Our focus on the SDK development has been intensified in recent weeks and the SDK is getting more mature as we improve it based on the feedback we receive from 3rd party developers. We are now in contact with more than 200 companies and 400+ developers have access to the SDK.

On the airports side, we are both widening the scope of what can be customized in the sim (e.g. adding the possibility to blend custom aerial imagery on the terrain, creating custom painted lines per airport) and working towards simplifying the adaptation of existing assets to the new simulator (e.g. adding support for projecting meshes).

On the aircraft side, we are working closely with 3rd party developers to ease the transition to WebAssembly and glTF. Just as with airports, we are both extending the possibilities of what can be customized and working to ease the porting of existing assets to the new simulator. We also improve our support for WebAssembly by implementing specification proposals that focus on performance.

The in-game developer mode is also seeing a lot usability improvements based on feedback from the 3rd party developers community. Overall, it’s a great journey we are on and many developers are giving us a peak what they are working on and it’s amazing. We can’t way to share more about our 3rd part partners and their creations in the coming months.

Development Roadmap

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New Product Announcement!

We're very excited to announce the Throttle Pack for Airbus A319-A380 for the Bravo Throttle Quadrant. The Throttle Pack will feature both two and four engine configuration with A/T disconnect as well as a speed brake and flap lever. The flap lever has a functional lock release function. The thrust reversers are also functional just like in the real Airbus aircraft.

The Throttle Pack for Airbus A319-A380 will launch in the same timeframe as the Bravo Throttle and will retail at $69.99 USD.

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