Monday, January 2, 2017

The VSKYLABS Phoenix Air Phoenix project update log

The VSKYLABS Phoenix Air Phoenix Project Update Log

2nd June 2017 - Update to version v004.3:
  • 3D Modeling - (the main focus of this update):
    • Model internal architecture refinements.
    • Normal maps and glass (canopy) are nicer and shines perfectly.
    • I've switched between the 'Default white' and the 'Red stripes' liveries. Now the default livery is 'Default white'.
  • GNS 530 minor fix:
    • 'CLR' switch is now clickable when operating from the 3D Garmin itself.
  • Flight Dynamics Model refinements:
    • Minor adjustment to overall drag of the Phoenix so it is slightly less "floaty" on landings. This specific performance aspect is still under evaluation and further updates are to be expected.

25th May 2017 - Update to version v004.2:
This is the first update in a series of updates to the Phoenix, that are planned for the next couple of months.
  • GNS 530 is now 'clickable':
    • It can be operated with and without using the pop-up.
    • Frequency and page/chapter knobs has mouse manipulators so you can switch frequencies with the use of the mouse wheel or click-and-drag. The click-zones layout is experimental, and will be tuned up soon.
  • COMM2 + transponder are also using mouse manipulators:
    • same as in the GNS 530 - layout is experimental and changes are to be expected.
    • COMM2 is now COMM2 (this radio is redundant and will soon to be replaced with other instrument/navigation aid). 
  • Cockpit camera can't go through cockpit canopy/walls.
  • 2-D HUD view shows only HUD, without the cockpit.
  • Propeller disc is now volumetric (not seen from the side as a "thin paper", but with volume). 

18th April 2017 - Update to version v004.1:
  • Flight model refinement: Minor engine (internal flight model) fix. 

4th April 2017 - Update to version v004 - short wingtips feature added:
  • The aircraft is now capable of switching between short and extended wingtips:
    • To switch between wingtips, just 'look' at one of the wingtips, from cockpit 3D view, point the mouse on the wingtip region and click on it!
    • When changing from Extended to Short wingtips, the flight dynamics model is changing as well (flight dynamics model and 3D model are biased, so it is switching the wings practically between 36 and 49 feet span).

2nd April 2017 - Update to version v003 (3D modeling update):
  • 3D Modeling - 'Interactive':
    • Wing-flex animation added.
    • Experimental feature added: Aircraft is vibrating when the engine is running (external and internal). This is an experimental feature that I'm testing in v003. It may be removed in future updates (according to users experience feedback).
  • 3D Modeling - Aircraft painting:
    • Default livery improved.
    • Added an 'all white' livery.
    • Canopy is now featuring a tinted coating.

30th March 2017 - Update to version v002.1:
  • Flight Dynamics - aircraft ground behavior Phase#1 tuning (cross-winds) - this aspect is scheduled for a Phase#2 tuning in the near future.
  • Propeller disc update (visuals).
  • Added Yaw-String...I've taped it with a silver Duct-Tape ;)
  • Modeling:
    • Emergency Feather lever angle when activated is set to a new value.
    • Minor 3D model fixes.

27th March 2017 - Update to version v002:
  • This was an update FIX to improve frame rate in 50%-70%

27th March 2017 - Initial version release v001

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