So what? Stop skimming the treetops and pull up a little bit, and you don’t have to worry about it.
Oh, and here’s a little piece of good news for you… I don’t know about this particular scenery glitch on that particular river, but if it’s the same root cause as the one’s causing the “spikes”, then you can’t hit it even if you wanted to. See, I took a long flight from Havana to Port-a-Prince yesterday, and after some 4+ hours, I got established for a long final on a visual approach and what do I see…
One of your beloved spikes!
At first, I was thinking I was gonna have to fly around that sucker to make the airport without the deaths of everyone on board, but it turns out it wasn’t that close to my final approach course. But, and here’s the really good news… I wouldn’t have needed to fly around it anyway. That’s because as I got closer and closer, it disappeared!! But, when I turned around to taxi to my parking spot, what did I see?
Yup, the spike was back!
And guess what happened the closer I got to it enroute to my parking spot? Yup, you guessed it, it disappeared again! It seems that it’s like chasing the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, that just when you think you’re about to get to it, it’s magically gone! Meaning, of course, that you couldn’t have crashed into it had you tried.
Is that not the best news you’ve heard all day??
Now, it is of course possible that your little river anomaly and the spikes had nothing to do with each other, meaning it might have been possible to actually hit your river if you were trying to follow along at too low of an altitude. I ran into about 4 or 5 of those myself just yesterday at the lower end of the Grand Canyon, which I had been flying through at up to 160 kias (and pulling as many as 4 Gs to do so) that shouldn’t have been there. So, I figure better safe than sorry and I pulled up and flew over them rather than risk ending my flight prematurely by hitting a scenery anomaly that shouldn’t have been there.
I finally made it to the Hoover Dam, which was my goal in the first place, and it turns out that flying under the bridge to the west of the dam is a bad idea, because despite not looking like it at all, it’s one of those bridges that is a solid wall from the road surface down to the ground underneath it, and sadly, I crashed into it with the complete loss of the airframe and all souls on board.
Good thing it was only a sim, no?
Now, my point in relaying this story to you is to point out that, other than this post here that I used to make a point, you will find no entries from me on this entire forum whining and moaning about this scenery glitch. I may fill out a zen report later today, after all it is the responsible thing to do, but I have to imagine such a high profile place as this, they already know about it. However, by not filling out a report, I’m kind of acting like an entire neighborhood worth of people who it turns out nobody called the power company to let them know about a power outage, while they all just figured one of their neighbors already did!
And then, when hours go by and the power remained out, instead of going ahead and filing a better late than never official report, we all just went on some random internet forum to express our displeasure with the power company, when in fact they didn’t even know the lights were out in the first place because none of us told them!!
Now, the reality with the state of technology in 2020 is that the chances are the power company knew about the outage sooner than you did. But the same cannot be said about attempting to find every single scenery anomaly on the entire planet because it’s just too big. There’s never been a beta test time ever assembled by anyone big enough to tackle that task without missing a lot of them, so in a very real sense, they rely on us to report them when we find them, because we can simply cover more geography than their beta team ever did, or could have.
So, please, let’s drop all the drama, and stop turning molehills into mountains. Which is what you and all the other whiners have most assuredly done in this case. I’d bet it’ll be fixed if not at the next patch, but surely the one after that.
And a month or so from now nobody will even remember it ever happened.