Version 2.8.0 of open-source flight simulator Flight Gear has been released, showing the continued commitment to development of the sim which, as reported recently, has now been around for over 15 years.
The new release brings new AI code, more scenery objects and better placement of the random elements, 2d rendering functionality allowing ‘glass cockpit’ displays to be created and many more additions. One of these – at an experimental stage still but included, is “Project Rembrandt“, which brings you “…real-time shadows, support for multiple light sources (landing lights, instrument lights, directional ground spotlights, even the rotating beacons illuminate the surrounding correctly.) In addition, Project Rembrandt offers a variety of other visual effects such as night vision, film grain effects, depth of field effects, lens (i.e. fisheye) distortion — all in real time.”