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Why not call it what it is Stephen..   I know Relax Surface Wind Smoothing reads right to you and others who clearly understand its function but instead of that term, why not call it: Realistic Live Weather Surface Wind    or something of that nature.
 
Unticked it would apply the algorithms for wind smoothing
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Why not call it what it is Stephen..   I know Relax Surface Wind Smoothing reads right to you and others who clearly understand its function but instead of that term, why not call it: Realistic Live Weather Surface Wind    or something of that nature.
 
Unticked it would apply the algorithms for wind smoothing


That's counter-intuitive to me. Opus is all about the most accurate real weather in FSX - METAR is god - so we shouldn't have to tick something to make it MORE real than when it's unticked! If one's system can't deal with the region transitions, then you could have a "smooth things please" box to tick!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Opus Software Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-21-2012 at 7:11am
Of course if you do relax the surface wind smoothing then its up to you to set the max change limits, set them too tight and the LWE will not be able to keep up with the METARs. I think 15 + 15 copes with most reasonable conditions and is able to ferret out any wierd AUTO reports. But if you only fly low level you should just put something like 30 knots and 180 degrees.
 
It can all be reconsidered once we start the Weather Smoothing development and associated betas. All the weather options can be looked at, with the aim of saying 'everything is ready for RW conditions and flying but change this if you are flying high level etc.'.
 
I might consider getting rid of all the options and just having a checkbox and button to enable the RW restrictions. The button would display a separate dialog so you could set the high level restrictions you want to combat the FSX winds aloft bug etc. By default the checkbox would be unticked so everything would be set ready to give max reality. Will have to see how the Weather Smoothing upgrade goes.
 
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It was just a suggestion and I agree that the primary goal of the product remain true to the weather met's and what ever changes that is clearly named in such a way the user understands they are changing the application from real world winds to controlled winds.
 
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Opus Software Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-21-2012 at 11:09am
That's what we will probably end up doing as soon as we make a start on the Weather Smoothing. It will work with very few options to provide RW weather, no holds barred, with options for those who want to set the LWE up for high flying (true winds aloft, surface wind smoothing and stabilisation etc.).

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Hi Stephen

i like that Thumbs Up

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In no particular order,
 
Historic METAR data ...
 
Initially using the NOAA 24 hour cylcle data and loaded based on your sims current Zulu hour.
 
Weather Smoothing ...
 
Automatically smoothing out the weather transitions between METAR updates and reducing the weather data burden on the simulator.
 
True Winds/Temps Aloft data ...
 
Using the GRIB data from the NOAA site.
 
Panning Control Keys ...
 
Additional Live Camera option to pan the view around using the four arrow keys + two others.
 
Choice of Weather Servers ...
 
Allows you to specify your primary weather data source, NOAA by default with options for Vatsim initially, and others to follow. We are also considering using a secondardy server to retrieve missing METAR data when less than a certain amount are available from NOAA.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote skypara Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-25-2012 at 1:16am
This list sums up basically all little things, that I thought need to be worked on, before the Opus FSX becomes the ULTIMATE weather engine... I'm so glad I purchased this software, you guys deserve every penny!
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I wouldn't say the things on that list are "little" :lol: ... they're pretty MEGA features for me!!

One thing I'd like to add:

The ability to set (and pan) *static* world view cameras - rather like a "Tower" view - that's fixed to a geographical location, rather than attached to the aircraft.

Or is this already possible? I understand there's some low-level FSX limitation with this <??> ... but you guys are so clever, I'll bet you can get around it!
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We will be adding an option for World Views when we do the Live Camera Control (see first page of the Live Camera topic).
 
You can also add DHM/DAM for client systems on the above list, but that's another thing that is down on our list but not immediate, just like the Live Traffic option.
 
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Originally posted by Opus Software Opus Software wrote:

We will be adding an option for World Views when we do the Live Camera Control (see first page of the Live Camera topic).

Stephen - I'm trying not to clutter up this topic, but I looked long and hard through all pages of the "Live Camera" topic and couldn't find a mention of world cameras. Only VC or external (aircraft) views. Am I going senile and/or blind? LOL
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Live Camera Control is mentioned in the Live Camera topic towards the bottom of the first page.

World Views
 
If desired we can upgrade the Live Camera interface to support World Views. We have yet to decide on the actual implementation details, but our initial idea is to include a World View checkbox below the current Windowed View option.

To create a world view you would simply position the aircraft at an airport within FSX, then use the Camera dialog to create a World View camera. The camera would be positioned exactly the same as for normal external aircraft views, except in this case when you save the view the software will calculate precise lat/long/altitude coordinates for the camera and create a world view 'custom' camera. Just like Windowed Views, World Views will require configuration changes to the FSX cfg files, so you would have to force FSX to reload its cfg before using the new custom world view.

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Originally posted by Opus Software Opus Software wrote:

World Views will require configuration changes to the FSX cfg files, so you would have to force FSX to reload its cfg before using the new custom world view.

Thanks, Stephen - I seem to remember that it wasn't an easy thing to do. I didn't realise it meant having to rewrite/reload cfg info. I suppose that means that it will never be possible to pan/slew it [live] like any of the aircraft cameras. It also explainds why it's such a strange procedure in EZDOK (I tried once then gave up!).

Is there a way it could be treated as a "pseudo" multiplayer aircraft? Clutching at straws, really!
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In no particular order,

Historic METAR data ...

Initially using the NOAA 24 hour cycle data and loaded based on your sims current Zulu hour.

Weather Smoothing ...

Automatically smoothing out the weather transitions between METAR updates and reducing the weather data burden on the simulator.

True Winds/Temps Aloft data ...

Using the GRIB data from the NOAA site.

Panning Control Keys ...

Additional Live Camera option to pan the view around using the four arrow keys + two others.

Choice of Weather Servers ...

Allows you to specify your primary weather data source, NOAA by default with options for Vatsim initially, and others to follow. We are also considering using a secondardy server to retrieve missing METAR data when less than a certain amount are available from NOAA.

Progress ...

Work is progressing well on items 1, 3, and 5 above. After posting the 2.29 release tomorrow we will start another round of betas for the above, development expected to continue over next three to four weeks.

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Local Winds Aloft ...
 
I will soon be adding a Local Winds Aloft report window, similar in operation to the current Local Weather Report window. The new window will report the winds aloft between FL200 through to FL400, every 4000 feet.
 
The current Simulated winds aloft will also be improved, using the prevailing upper wind directions. The simulated upper winds are fixed so you could use the above window to enter data into your FMC.
 
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At present this is what my flightplan has with the upper winds, along my route, so how close will this be with Opus and how will it simulate the change in winds throughout the flight, as this is ideal for fuel planning and arrival times, as the winds do dictate alot of things these days with the NGX especially

 STG                 (CLIMB)             LOTEE               GASNO
FL280  307/003 -42  FL370  270/012 -54  FL420  310/006 -56  FL420  308/004 -57
FL260  315/003 -37  FL300  235/007 -47  FL400  318/005 -55  FL400  331/003 -57
FL240  323/003 -31  FL220  260/003 -26  FL380  328/004 -55  FL380  029/002 -57
FL220  345/003 -26  FL150  085/002 -11  FL360  338/002 -56  FL360  093/003 -57
FL200  021/002 -22  FL070  087/004  +4  FL340  072/001 -56  FL340  112/005 -56

ERIGA               BAKUL               REN                 KOKOS
FL420  304/003 -58  FL430  275/006 -58  FL430  294/007 -58  FL420  299/008 -59
FL400  003/001 -58  FL410  257/003 -58  FL410  291/004 -58  FL400  293/007 -59
FL380  072/003 -58  FL390  186/002 -58  FL390  279/002 -59  FL380  284/005 -59
FL360  086/005 -57  FL370  141/003 -58  FL370  250/001 -58  FL360  275/006 -57
FL340  093/007 -56  FL350  120/004 -56  FL350  163/001 -56  FL340  267/006 -55

: DIKRO               AVANT               (DESCEND)
FL420  294/009 -59  FL270  268/016 -39  FL220  274/012 -27  
FL400  285/007 -59  FL250  273/014 -34  FL180  294/009 -18  
FL380  273/007 -59  FL230  280/013 -29  FL130  315/004  -9  
FL360  263/008 -57  FL210  289/012 -25  FL090  055/004  -1  
FL340  256/010 -55  FL190  301/011 -20   4000  071/017  +5


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-B738/M-ZSRWYP/S
-LPPR0530
-N0432F240 PG/N0432F240 TURO3S TURON A5 STG/N0455F380 UN741 MOKOR
UN867 OLEBA/N0451F390 UN867 REN/N0450F380 UN867 KOKOS UN863
KOTEM/N0423F230 N863 AVANT DCT
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Again, you must wait for the true winds upgrade, I am talking about simulated winds above, these are static, I am not referring to the forcasted GRIB upper winds.
But the new window will allow you to see what the current winds are no matter how they are generated. It is not a flight plan report though. OpusFSX is not a flight planner just a weather engine. It is really up to your flight planner to give you the wind forcast and if its any good it will use GRIB data. If it doesn't do this then you need a better one there are planty available.
 
But all winds aloft are just forcasts, so you may have to adjust just like they do in the RW.
 
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Will FSBuild2 be able to import Aloft Data from the Opus GRIB system - will there be any cooperation between the developers to make this happen?  FSBuild currently reads a text file generated by another Weather program.
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NO, there are dozens of flight planners. I repeat if the flight planner is any good then it will get its own data. Anyhow the LWE downloads the data it needs to build the weather map, not fill out all the data along your chosen route ... the flight planner knows that info so it should get the data for you.
 
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Ah I see, so cooperative subsystems between programs that have been in-place for years that are now suddenly broke by switching weather engines will never be fixed.  Not quite the answer I was looking for.  The LWE is very nice, but it does me no good if I can't properly plan an end-to-end route.
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What are you looking for Al? A programme that downloads all the data then makes it available to whichever flightplanner you wish to employ? How many separate flightplanners are there currently? That is quite a number of interfaces that would be required to programme, different formats and so on...

Perhaps you should ask if FSB's developer should contact Opus?

How does FSB work with the weather engine you have been using? I do not have FSB, so have no idea how it interfaces...

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See my numerous posts on the LW Assistant. Also please understand the LWE builds the weather for its weather map and not along your entire route, so how would this data be of use to your flight planner if your route extends beyond the current weather region. It is quite simply not feasible, plus look at the number of different planners out there. Are you telling me none of them are capable of giving you accurate weather !

I cannot belive that, but if true you had best wait for the LWA and let us do a proper job.
 
Just in case you haven't read my previous posts, we will be glad to include some sort of weather report for flight planning purposes when we develop the LW Assistant. This report should provide you with all the information you need. But I am still hoping that the new flight planners available soon will be able to do this themselves. We still do not have any intention of developing a flight planner but if necessary will include a flight plan report facility.
 
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Agree totally with aentwis post ...
 
We have even tried emailing a few companies and people, but nobody replied! But again, considering there are literally dozens of FPs out there I think the LW Assistant with a possible FP report facility is all that is needed. I am just hoping one of them will step up to the mark and do a thorough job of it, after all you only need the nearest METAR, TAF, wind and temps.
 
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If anything I hope it will be PFPX (Professional Flight Planner X) that will have a link to the GRIB data.

Eventually, if all goes to plan (unintended pun there!), the majority of hardcore simmers could be using PFPX in conjunction with OPUS for a complete planner, weather and camera solution. Sounds cool when I think about that Wink
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Originally posted by feebee feebee wrote:

If anything I hope it will be PFPX (Professional Flight Planner X) that will have a link to the GRIB data.


with response to you statement and  my previous post (see below and read between the lines), Wink  so what i posted is available and what i would like is opus to mimic the upper winds enroute, the weather it depicts so far is good for VFR, but it is no use as the upper winds are not accurate enough to do a flight at present online especially when others are using REX or AS, and fuel calculations take into account the wind etc.

I am in no rush if the product is still being developed so at the end we get an application that actually works.

Originally posted by dts dts wrote:



 STG                 (CLIMB)             LOTEE               GASNO
FL280  307/003 -42  FL370  270/012 -54  FL420  310/006 -56  FL420  308/004 -57
FL260  315/003 -37  FL300  235/007 -47  FL400  318/005 -55  FL400  331/003 -57
FL240  323/003 -31  FL220  260/003 -26  FL380  328/004 -55  FL380  029/002 -57
FL220  345/003 -26  FL150  085/002 -11  FL360  338/002 -56  FL360  093/003 -57
FL200  021/002 -22  FL070  087/004  +4  FL340  072/001 -56  FL340  112/005 -56

ERIGA               BAKUL               REN                 KOKOS
FL420  304/003 -58  FL430  275/006 -58  FL430  294/007 -58  FL420  299/008 -59
FL400  003/001 -58  FL410  257/003 -58  FL410  291/004 -58  FL400  293/007 -59
FL380  072/003 -58  FL390  186/002 -58  FL390  279/002 -59  FL380  284/005 -59
FL360  086/005 -57  FL370  141/003 -58  FL370  250/001 -58  FL360  275/006 -57
FL340  093/007 -56  FL350  120/004 -56  FL350  163/001 -56  FL340  267/006 -55

: DIKRO               AVANT               (DESCEND)
FL420  294/009 -59  FL270  268/016 -39  FL220  274/012 -27  
FL400  285/007 -59  FL250  273/014 -34  FL180  294/009 -18  
FL380  273/007 -59  FL230  280/013 -29  FL130  315/004  -9  
FL360  263/008 -57  FL210  289/012 -25  FL090  055/004  -1  
FL340  256/010 -55  FL190  301/011 -20   4000  071/017  +5



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IMO REX's upper winds are certainly not adequate.
Just read these posts and you wil KNOW we are in the process of implementing the GRIB upper wind and temperature forecasts. All this data is just forecasts though ... they are not true !
 
The LWE will give you two options soon ...
 
1. Use simulated upper winds based on the prevailing upper winds for your area. These will be static for your flight so it will be very easy for you to plan your trip by just looking at the upper wind report window. Plus, they will be available without delay .. instant flying, no fuss and realistic upper winds.
 
2. Use the GRIB data to provide a forecast of the current upper winds in order to build the weather map. But ... a) the weather map may not cover your entire journey it is just for the LWE, and b) you will have to use a FP that gives you GRIB forecast data so that you (your FP and the LWE) are singing from the same song sheet. Finally, c) if needed we may include a flight plan report facility in the LW Assistant for you ... but this should be a the responsibility of your planner. Final cost ... speed, you will have to wait for all the GRIB data to be downloaded and analysed !
 
In my opinion it is quite straight forward.
 
Our LWE will continue to improve and provide options to make it as real as you can possibly get within FSX.
 
Any FP package should have the same aims, to provide you with the most realistic flight planning FSX will allow. But if yours doesn't we may provide a flight plan route check for you and provide you with all the data you need.
 
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Originally posted by feebee feebee wrote:

If anything I hope it will be PFPX (Professional Flight Planner X) that will have a link to the GRIB data.

Eventually, if all goes to plan (unintended pun there!), the majority of hardcore simmers could be using PFPX in conjunction with OPUS for a complete planner, weather and camera solution. Sounds cool when I think about that Wink

Now we are talking Cool

This would really be an ideal situation and I have posted on the Topcat forum asking about GRIB data in their new planner.

 
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About GRIB data and PFPX Flight Planner, I just had this answer from Pierre on the Topcat Forum:
 
The answer is yes, PFPX wind aloft are from GRIB data from ground FL50 to FL700
 
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Sounds great, so I would say you have a perfect combo almost ready.

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Camera View Order ...
 
We will be implementing the upgrade to manually rearrange the order of the camera views soon, just as soon as I have time to implement it. I am going to stop the auto ordering and place up and down arrow keys at the side of the Select Camera View dialog, you will then be able to highlight a camera view and use the arrow keys to move it up or down in the list.
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That will be a great addition (once I get FSX working again lol)

Many thanks for your continual development Stephen.
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Thanks Stephen, it also answers my question
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In addition to the above mentioned upgrades, including the panning keys option, and before continuing with the weather server and GRIB winds aloft upgrades we will be producing a beta that reduces to an absolute minimum the demands on SimConnect for single PC systems. We will do this fairly quickly just in case it is having an adverse effect in some people's system. I don't think it is but it won't do any harm.

Also in addition to the above Camera Ordering upgrade we will be adding Import and Export options for selected groups of camera definitions. This feature will allow separate camera definition files to be prepared for different aircraft types and even swapped amongst users.

In implementing the new weather server upgrade will also be looking to simplify the Weather dialog somewhat, introducing a Download Options button with a separate dialog for the options. This is the first step in simplifying everything with perhaps a single Defaults button on the main dialog to set everything to the recommended settings for the best low level VFR flying. Users can then tweak the Download and Smoothing options via separate dialogs to specify GRIB forecast data, strengthen the wind smoothing, enable wind stabilisation etc. this way the options will be there for people to tweak if they want but most users can simply use the defaults and go flying. The Download dialog will also include an option and parameters to control the 'Disable Weather Update on Final Aaproach'.

The only other options we are considering at present include introducing options to assign buttons or keys to the Addon menu functions. I think that's about it for now.

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Auto Recovery If Weather Download Locks Up ...

We are adding a monitoring function to detect when the weather download thread locks up due to an interrupted or failed web request. The monitor will abort the download thread and reset the LWE ready to perform another weather download.

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Fully Automatic Wind Smoothing and Surface Wind Recovery ...
 
This simple option will fully automate all your wind smoothing as you climb and fully recover the true surface winds as you descend. I will make it a very simple configuration option so that you can just select the severuty and go fly.
 
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Current Update ...
 
Hi All
 
We've been doing a great deal of testing to try and get to grips with these wind shifts. We have now identified three distinct wind calculation errors within FSX, so when we refer to the FSX winds aloft bug we really mean bugs.
 
This has clarified a few things and made us realise no amount of tweaking or user options will be able to both eradicate the problem and still give you anything resembling true surface winds when you land. We have therefore come to the conclusion that it is time for simplification. and that is what we are working on now.
 
The normal 'Lower' Wind Smoothing will still be used (default 15 + 15) for normal operation, that should prevent problems for people flying low and slow and still give a very good chance of keeping to the true surface winds when you land.
 
A new 'Upper' Wind Stabilisation option will be provided in the form of a simple checkbox, a configurable Recovery Altitude (RA, default 19000 feet) setting, and a Max Allowed Wind Deviation (default 15 degrees) setting. These options will be for high and fast jet and airliner flyers. By high I mean above 19000 feet.
 
We are now concentrating on the recovery process in an attempt to maximise the chance of recovering the surface winds when you descend below the RA. The recovery will be based on a calculated safe surface wind deviation in addition to the user's configured Max Allowed Wind Deviation. If either test passes the LWE will attempt to recover the surface winds. After recovery the normal 'Lower' Wind Smoothing will be applied throughout your descent.
 
These changes and checks are going to take a little time so please be patient. Each test has to be conducted at three or four different locations around the globe which all takes time.
 
In the meantime, if you are experiencing wind shifts then please try un-ticking the current 'Relax Surface Wind Smoothing' option, and if that fails, just set your TA and RA to something reasonably low like 15000 and 13000, or even 0.
 
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Destination ICAO and Automatic Weather Update ...
 
We are adding the ability to specify your destination airport's ICAO code in the Weather dialog. Once specified, the LWE will automatically perform a weather update when you are within 40nm (64km) of your destination.
 
This upgrade should allow you to set the weather update frequency and distance to something higher, like every 60 minutes or 80km, knowing that as soon as you approach your destination you will get a weather update. Also by the time you are in range of the ATIS, typically between 30nm and 35nm, depending on whether you are searching Nearest Airports or have tuned your COM set, then you will know the ATIS is giving the current weather.
 
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Originally posted by Opus Software Opus Software wrote:

Destination ICAO and Automatic Weather Update ...
 
We are adding the ability to specify your destination airport's ICAO code in the Weather dialog. Once specified, the LWE will automatically perform a weather update when you are within 40nm (64km) of your destination.
 
This upgrade should allow you to set the weather update frequency and disstance to something higher, like every 60 minutes or 80km, knowing that as soon as you approach your destination you will get a weather update. Also by the time you are in range of the ATIS, typically between 30nm and 35nm, depending on whether you are searching Nearest Airports or have tuned your COM set, then you will know the ATIS is giving the current weather.
 
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The ancient problem with this (switching from global to station based weather), is AI and Radar Contact need much more time to react to the new station-based destination weather.  40nm isn't gonna cut it.  You need  80 to 128nm on approach to allow AI enough time to see and react to the new station-based weather input.  Radar Contact in turn reads the AI approaches and offers what it thinks is the active approach route (near or far-side).  Otherwise, with only 40nm to destination, you wind-up head-on into AI on final, completely ruining the scene.
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We will make the distance configurable, that would be the best solution.
 
 
Work is progressing well, we are conducting tests on the new version 2.40, testing the different waether server options, testing the wind stabilisation and surface wind recovery for the high and fast flyers, and we have done some prep work for the Bump Aircraft DHM option.
 
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That all sounds good Stephen. In fact RC was giving me strange ATIS reports for destination. But that's the same old problem (I had the same error with ASE sometimes). I'll surely be enjoying the aircraft bump option Smile
 
Keep up the good work!

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