Realistic Dangerous Weather - Physics Simulation

Of course, a study level airliner is nothing for casual gamers and wont sell to the mainstream masses, but to stay on topic, this is not comparable to the request of more realism in terms of dangerous weather physics.

You don’t need to be an $150.000 trained airline pilot to understand that really bad weather gonna shake your airplane around. The casual gamer will say ‘‘this is boring, uninstall’’ if nothing happens while he flies through a storm.

At the end this is just an wishlist thread, I thought more realism would be a nice goal.
If the majority of people really don’t want any realistic simulation, this topic won’t get any votes.
So let’s wait and see.

for now we are starting with double arrows up :wink:


But this is being a sim and not real life, people do it anyway. Only to find out that actually nothing bad happens.
This is why the real world effects need to be there, to teach people to NEVER fly into those kinds of clouds and why.
So if anyone is curious and does it despite all the warnings they get a hard lesson in reality and why you don’t do it.


ok… maybe realism is not the route they are trying to take anymore…


haha noooooooo! That thing looks cool but yeah I would would like stronger weather effects as well… as you are right, right now theres not much incentive to avoid weather

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You do realise don’t you that there really are aliens on the moon and that it really is made of blue cheese?

You know it makes sense :joy:

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strong turbulences do exist and airlines fly through them, sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose :slight_smile:


Hypoxemia & Oxygen system added since that’s gonna be relevant for realistic glider simulation, but also for almost every other high altitude airplane as well.

Could be visually simulated with the high g-force blackout.


This sim is UTTERLY disappointing in terms of weather… No CB clouds, no convective turbulence… VERY unrealistic. This should be one of the MAIN issues to be implemented and should come out along with the weather radar in August! Otherwise what will be the point in implementing a weather radar???


Maybe Asobo could dedicate one whole Sim Update to Weather only? Maybe this needs it’s own thread but I totally agree with this topic and think we need more realistic storms (and towering cumulus can be dangerous too!)

We need the cumulonimbus to extend from typical base of cloud (2-3k?) to at least 15,000 and up to even 50,000ft depending on strength of storm. And like the OP suggests, dangerous conditions to warrant a pilot to AVOID said storms (and even towering cumulus if in a light aircraft).

I wonder if Asobo could redo how towering cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds are “built” - sadly (now) BEFORE METAR they used to actually be pretty good but now METAR seems to have broken up all the clouds into a small fragmented mess of cumulus like PUFFS everywhere. The main thing we were missing before METAR was the DANGER.

Could Asobo build the towering cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds using real time lightning data? This assures a thunderstorm of some sort; and wow would it be cool to get real time lightning like we have real time traffic!! Real Time Lightning Map ::

Edit also there IS already a thread dedicated to a sim update for weather only here: Can we have a weather update only? - #3 by errorhasoccured


Gusts are coming back with SU 10

Sim Update 10 Beta Release Notes []


  • Added gusts to live weather: Added data pipeline between live weather (meteo blue & metar) and sim for gust data so that the sim features real world gusts in live weather

Agree 1000000% !!! It’s a fundamental aspect that MUST be there in a flight simulator, while at present is totally missing!


I was surprised at the snow storm in Nashville Tenn. In January of this year. Snowing and what looked like ice build up on the engines,tail,fuselage. I did take off and flew to Atlanta. Anti icing did help after a while and my take off speed was about 160. Don’t know how that would work for real but in normal conditions I could rotate at 130 and that was 50% fuel load.

Yes I would like to see lightning and hear some thunder when I know its really happening. The weather radar was also lit up Flying over central florida near Tampa where I live on the way to KMIA (Miami) A320 Neo jetblue.

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At the moment the bad weather effects are in fact non-existing in FS… When entering what appear as big stormy clouds, no turbulence, no airplane shaking, no up/downdrafts occur. It’s exactly as if the sky was clear…
I would also like to know if thunderstorms are simulated and what their effects are, because, in 6 months that I have had FS, I haven’t seen any.
In real life, even when you get inside a small cumulus cloud, you experience some turbulence.
I think this is one of the main aspects that are still missing and they can’t be missing in a flight simulator… Further, if those effects are not implemented, the weather radar will be completely useless…
Please, this is a very important aspect!
Thank you.


Yess! Bad weather is the essence of flight simming adventures, for example in Alaska… The battle against the elements, having the airplane shaking and the windows freezing over, the lift reduced because of all the icing.
The engine vibration going up until one engine must be reduced to idle to prevent having N1 destroyed when a hailstorm or severe icing occurs.
Having a stall when slat and wing deicing is not switched on.
That is pure exitement and a real reason to avoid bad areas on the weather radar.

That is not exciting having no real bad weather in the sim, not thrilling, no adrenalin, no being in need of avoid thunderstorms or bad weather, no need of plan interesting new flight routes based on what the weather radar indicates.

The weather radar should become a life saviour in the flight sim and one of the most important features during the thunderstorm season :slight_smile:

(Of course the loose of control and dangerous features and windshield freezing over etc. should be able to being fully switched off.
Otherwise the hate and flame threads like “remove icing! REMOVE ICING! REMOVE ICING! REMOVE ICING! REMOVE ICING!!” will get out of control. “Remove thunderstorms remove windshear remove bad weather remove rain remove hailstorm remove fog I cannot see, remove turbulences!!!” would become the main topic for the next six months, until the developers are be forced to remove all the really interesting features.
That´s why these features should be able to be switched off from the beginning on to make everyone happy)


I have just known that the weather radar in SU10 is completely UNREALISTIC and will not be used by Fenix for their A320… That’s really a SHAME!!


what does ‘‘unrealistic’’ mean? you mean inaccurate or something like that?
It’s still a beta…

I don’t have the beta, but a member of the Fenix team said that. I suppose you can only see some bitmaps related to where it rains, but not reflecting the real radar representation (apart that it will be completely useless, until Asobo don’t implement effects inside clouds/storms).

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I would love to be hit by hail in a thunderstorm.

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I wonder if the upcoming big CFD simulation opens the possibility for advanced ‘‘dangerous physics’’ simulation.

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lately there are a few topics asking for realistic physics behaviour in thunderstorms which get merged into this one.

I noticed I didn’t list the word ‘‘thunderstorm’’ in the original post which got locked from getting edited.

Would be nice if an admin could open it up for a minute so I can add that word and save you from a little bit of work in the future :sweat_smile: