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X-Aviation Weather Connector is out..and installed!

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Great clouds..great sky...and working with SM 3.1.1

 

Good stuff...look for your purchase discount code in your email....good for only 7 days from today..

 

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No impact on FPS, has been noticed....
 
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Nice.

 

Although all the pics look good, the first few really seem to show the effect that RWC is adding, in that you can see a partial cloud cover that the aircraft is leaving and transitioning to a clear sky with no clouds.  This is really the effect that I'm looking forward to - flying from one type of cloud cover and being able to see a different type of cover in the distance.

 

Here's a question (for the devs perhaps): I've noticed that the coverage setting is completely maxed out in the third image.  Is this required to be able to see distant cloud formations?

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Here's a question (for the devs perhaps): I've noticed that the coverage setting is completely maxed out in the third image.  Is this required to be able to see distant cloud formations?

 

No, that's just our friend liking to max things out. :)

 

You'll find your happy place, trust me.

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No, that's just our friend liking to max things out. :)

 

You'll find your happy place, trust me.

Correct Cameron, that (if my system allows for it, and it usually does....) is my usual M.O.  across all my sum platforms.  I start with the default, and then keep creeping up the sliders until I see a drop below 25 FPS on any of them.   :wink:

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Any other feedback? Are weather injectioon smooth now without the annoying slight pauses? Thx

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Are weather injectioon smooth now

 

In my experience, yes.  I am using the above set with NOAA and while it had been reported that NOAA has it's own set of "pauses", I have not seen the pauses.  Rapid change of cloud patterns as it transitions, but no pauses.  It just looks like you just popped out of or into a cloud bank.  And the effects of landing lights reflecting back is really a nice touch.

 

John

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Low level effects are excellent.  The only complaint I could possibly have is that at high altitudes (FL200 and above), you can see the end of the cloud area cut off.  It builds as you fly toward it.  I don't fly many airliners, and it really isn't a bother for me.  That is not a limitation of SMP/RWC, it's a hardware limitation of VRAM, I think.

 

Overall, an "A-minus" from me.  I'm running default X-Plane 10.45r2 weather, SMP 3.1.1 and RWC.  I removed NOAA because it does not provide complete METAR data that RWC needs for maximum effect.  Although the default weather injector does not provide winds aloft outside of the U.S., that is supposed to be fixed in 10.50.

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that is supposed to be fixed in 10.50

 

Yes, here are Ben's blog comments about it

 

"Global Winds Aloft: X-Plane 10.50 will use global NOAA data for winds aloft, rather than a US-only data source."

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Low level effects are excellent. The only complaint I could possibly have is that at high altitudes (FL200 and above), you can see the end of the cloud area cut off.

 

Hmmm, I think the effect is quite a bit more obvious and visible from very low altitudes depending on the minimum height of the clouds. From what I can tell, the cloud cutoff point is exactly the same as before - it's going to match whatever is in your SMP settings.

 

If you're below broken cloud cover, you'll still get the 'circle' effect, where you can see what looks like clear sky in the distance in all directions. (Of course the effect is different depending on visibility and height of the clouds in relation to the ground and to the aircraft.  I tend to fly in open prairie / foothills areas, where you can see a LOT of sky... )

 

But this isn't really something I was expecting RWC to change. It'd just be nice if you could crank it up the coverage to double or triple what the max in SMP is now... without killing performance!

 

But in terms of what what they're advertising RWC to do, I give it pretty good marks. It's nice to look and see a bank of clouds in a certain direction, or be able to nicely approach or fly out of cloud cover.

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It'd just be nice if you could crank it up the coverage to double or triple what the max in SMP is now... without killing performance!

Yes, that would be getting something for nothing.  It takes a lot of power and VRAM to handle what would effectively be an "infinite" viewing distance.  As you mention, when you're out on level ground or at high FL's, you can see for well over 100 miles in all directions.  So if we do the math, the number of square miles that would need to be displayed is huge.  For just 100 miles of visibility it would be 31,400 square miles.  Also consider the number of METAR station reports within that area that would have to be analyzed, integrated and displayed.  I think it does a remarkable job, and the effect of flying through scattered clouds at night with reflections off landing lights is amazing (even though you shouldn't be flying with your landing lights on.)  :smile:

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even though you shouldn't be flying with your landing lights on

 

Quite true!  I have, however, encountered low-level clouds on approach and the effect is amazing. The product delivers what is advertised and makes the experience much more like real life!

 

John

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Great clouds..great sky...and working with SM 3.1.1

 

 

 

Good stuff...look for your purchase discount code in your email....good for only 7 days from today..

 

Hmmm.. I"m only seeing get rich schemes and Ukrainian women looking for love on that Eclipse site....?  :)

 

gb.

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Yes, the hackers have been removed.  Hopefully they will have found the hole and plugged it.

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No, that's just our friend liking to max things out. :)

 

You'll find your happy place, trust me.

Hi Cameron, I assume (maybe incorrectly) that all coupon codes for this went out at the same time? If so, and not particular to my case, can you let me know when they expire/last moment to use it? (I know it said 7 days but would like an exact time if possible, just for personal reasons related to when my credit card statement closes for the month :P )

 

Thanks!

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Damn, went looking for an Ukrainian woman, and bought weather connector by mistake!

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So , is the cloud still popping  out  ?

 

3.1 and 3.1.1 patches to the Skymaxx pro vastly improved that aspect for me. The changes are quite fluid and aren't as noticeable. Additionally, no freezes anymore when weather is rebaked since the last patch.

 

Can't really talk about the RWC since I didn't get it yet. 

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I agree, although I miss a bit more of "stratification"....

 

Sc, St, As, Ns are, I believe, unexistant, unless an OVC or BKN is reported...

 

It's a bit the inverse of default X-Plane 10 clouds...

 

Also, and as I previewed, a day like yesterday or today where the METARs reported FEW012 or 018 and so on looked completely out of sync with reality because there were BKN and OVC layers at 6000' and above :-(- Looking from my office I can see an OVC layer of As right now... it's a grey day here... Not in XpX...

 

This is a limitation imposed by using the METAR only to infer cloud coverage, an area where by far the weather injcetors for FSX do a much much better job... Why and how ? By using weather models and not only observation, as well as tephigrams, and so on.... 

 

Anyway, enjoying both SMP and the connector, specially being able to use them both with the NOAA plugin, which I still find to be the best weather injector for XpX...

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Hmmm.. I"m only seeing get rich schemes and Ukrainian women looking for love on that Eclipse site....?  :)

 

gb.

Now...THAT was funny!  You made my morning!  :)))))))))  LOL!

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After a second night of usage, I'm still pleased overall with RWC... I do find I like the representation of clouds better when I let RWC download it's own METAR, but occasionally it'll go from having clouds, to completely clear, to clouds again, within a minute or so.  Doesn't do that when it uses XP's downloaded weather, so I've been sticking with that.

 

I haven't flown enough to find any sort of variety other than transition lines from clear to scattered, but it's nice overall so far.

 

Now the only thing is that this reminds me just how much SMP hurts my fps... this is why I never upgraded to SMP 3 back when it came out.  I was sitting at CYEG last night, playing around with options in SMP - I went from medium settings in SMP and getting high 20's with broken cloud cover, to clear sky and getting high 50's... that's a heck of a loss. I could turn down SMP settings to near minimum and get some of that back... get to high 30's or so, but still.

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After a second night of usage, I'm still pleased overall with RWC... I do find I like the representation of clouds better when I let RWC download it's own METAR, but occasionally it'll go from having clouds, to completely clear, to clouds again, within a minute or so.  Doesn't do that when it uses XP's downloaded weather, so I've been sticking with that.

 

Was this with FSGRW by chance?

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Was this with FSGRW by chance?

 

Nope.  Was using XP default weather, set to real world weather, but choosing the second option in the RWC menu, where it downloads it's own METAR (from NOAA?) for cloud placement.

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Was this with FSGRW by chance?

What about FSGRW? I have it and intent to use it with RWC, anything that I should know about? Thx

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Hey Guys,

 

Just wondering what the preference seems to be in terms of weather engine?

 

X-Plane default or NOAA? I thought RWC wouldn't work with NOAA. I find that the turbulence depiction to be too severe with default X-Plane weather, especially when landing.

 

Richard

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RWC works with NOAA, you just have to choose "Always" ( middle option ) in the RWC menu under the SMP v3 menu in the plugins tab.

 

This way and as far as I understood, RWC downloads it's own METARs ( because download by X-plane 10 itself is inhibited by the NOAA plugin ), but keeps aloft wind data from NOAA.

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