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Damian Clark

Icing modeled?

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howdy, as far as I've expreienced it, icing does not happen, and if it does, it is not realistic. The only "icing" I've experienced is in the pitot tube and the airspeed just drops to 0. Not realistic at all if you've ever experienced it in a cloud on a cold day. If you want ice realism, the best approximation is in the FLY! series. Hope this helps!

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Greetings,Yes Icing is modeled, but the only notable IMMEDIATE indication you'll get is a pitot freeze.There are no visual icing effects here (unfortunately)...What will happen is, after time, depending on the icing intensity, you aircraft weight and drag will increase and lift and thrust will decrease. It may take 10 to 20 minutes before you really notice that the aircraft isn't "flying right". Eventually, if you don't get out of the ice, you won't be able to maintain altitude.This all depends on how your weather is set... Remember that icing only occurs in visible moisture (clouds, fog, precip) when the OAT is approximately between 3deg c and -15deg c. Icing does not form in Cirrus layers (the moisture is already frozen). FS modeling of "visible moisture encounter" is a bit off... it can only detect that you are within the layer's lower and upper altitudes, and will ignore the fact that the clouds may be FEW and you're not actually inside the clouds.Hope that helps!-Damian

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