In an effort to give this issue more visibility, and greater importance for addressing. Did a test of (6) different airports to show that the wind depiction issues go well beyond the 223/3 knots winds aloft bug we all know about.
For this test, I chose the airport because they all had wind speeds over 10 knots depicted on the flight setup map. I wasn’t comparing against actual METARS since we know the sim doesn’t use them. Rather, these comparisons are between what the map view, initial flight loading, and final PFD display showed for the winds, both at ground level, and once climbing. Didn’t focus on winds aloft since that’s been discussed at length.
Test setup was as follows:
Airplane - Carenado 182T
Weather / time - Live
Server - Automatic (north america)
Every airport had inconsistencies, but the common problem was that the wind speeds once in the sim were lower than what the map and flight start said they should be. Windsock issue was seen at every airport (straight line from distance, drooped when I got closer).
CYYT: Winds in the sim DID NOT match what was on the map and flight loading page.
ESSA: Winds in the sim DID NOT match what was on the map and flight loading page.
GMMT: Wind direction was correct, but wind speed on the ground was much less than what the map said it should be. Once I climbed up to 1000’, the wind speed increased to where it should have been.
KNGP: Winds in the sim DID NOT match what was on the map and flight loading page.
LICJ: Wind direction was slightly off, and speed slightly less, but generally in agreement with the map and flight start window. The shift in direction above (which occurred at 200’ AGL) was actually depicted on the map. Generally, this airport had the most accurate depiction.
SBNT: Wind direction was correct, but wind speed on the ground was much less than what the map said it should be. Once I climbed up to 1000’, the wind speed increased to where it should have been.
I have yet to find anywhere where live weather gives over 10 knots of actual wind ON THE GROUND. Free beer to whomever can figure out this pattern or find an airport that does. In the meantime, despite loving the clouds, visibility, icing, etc., this is a critical missing part of the simulator. Flying in heavy winds is one of the flight training and realism basics. Am hoping the team can address this soon, they’ve done such a wonderful job on everything else!