Lead engineer of IL-2 Sturmovik joins MSFS team. Could mean further enhancements to MSFS flight model

CFD is already in the sim, for some planes, but I have no idea what the diameter/area of that simulation is. Presumably very much local to the airframe.

Yeah, CFD came in in one of the Sim Updates during the spring, if my memory is correct. The 20 KM CFD around the plane is new though, I think it’s coming in SU 11.

Edit: This isn’t the Twitch Q&A, but here is the quote from Seb from an interview on the upcoming 20 KM CFD:

Something we are currently working on that will not be for Sim Update 10: The problem with this system is that it works very locally and generates local thermals that don’t combine when they go up. The air that goes up somewhere else needs to go back down. It doesn’t create any vortices, turbulence on the side of thermals, anything like that yet. So there’s research work going on that took the CFD of the airplanes and expanded that 20-ish km around the plane. So that’s a really, very, very, very big CFD running and it goes pretty high as well. And we hope that sometime this year, we’ll to get that to simulate the airflows in the atmosphere to get nicer updrafts that can combine so that only bigger fields get updrafts when you go higher up, that you get vortices with air going back down, and all sorts of different local wind effects that we don’t really get from live weather. Live weather gives us wind gusts and direction, but it’s something a bit more for the area.


This will get me to try gliders. Up until now, they’ve been pretty pointless in all legacy sims IMO.

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