Wing Fade Effect when flying through clouds

To add more immersion and realism.
I present to you: Wing fading effect when flying through clouds.

Ugh I wish!

See below For example:

I believe you’re referencing this video:

However, your post is very un-clear!

Do you mean that, through clouds, the wing should be less visible when the cloud is more dense, as in the case around the 0:55 - 1:00 mark?

Please make your post clearer so the developers can better understand your request!



Yes this video. The post didn’t allow me to add links for some reason.

Exactly what you said. Lol, I dont know how more clear can it be.
Wings fades as you pass through clouds.
The video gives it all.


I brought this wing obscuration topic up 15+ years ago, before YouTube & before FS9 was available, and I was laughed at by 90+% of the community. Only a few people agreed, but that was the limit of their contribution. All kinds of things were said like, either I was wrong about clouds obscuring wings, or the effect would have too high an impact on frame rate. Needless to say I was baffled then.

This kind of thing, many years later, was added by Hi Fi Technologies in Active Sky. DEFAULT P3D eventually implemented better clouds to give the effect as well.

MSFS takes us backwards so that we remain STAGNANT. A developer now has to re-develop this old tech all over again, rather than move on to something like realistic cirrus/stratus, or realistic contrails, or PCL or SOMETHING realistic that we never seem to ever get.

From my observations, since this kind of feature has no real value for taking screenshots, It is very unlikely that it will be even considered for MSFS; too many things to FIX anyhow.

A $5 game on a wristwatch has more potential to have this effect done realistically.


I am sure that if we get lots of VOTES.
They might consider it. I think with the technology of today it will be a piece of cake for them to implement it. Otherwise it will be pity.


If clouds are truly volumetric and dense enough, shouldn’t we get an obscured wing?


I guess not

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At first I thought that this was about the wake vortex at the wingtip (1.Video 1:44). Btw, we need visible wake vortex as well. :thinking:

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I am pretty sure it will come with 3rd party airplanes (pmdg and such)

OMG. Wing looks so real :grinning: PBR? I suppose no. It must be something much, much better…

What are you referring to?
The video above is a real flight lol


He is talking about the effect that when flying through clouds, the visibility is so short that you can even see the wing fading into the clouds.

Which currently is not the case on FS. Clouds do not or only barely obscure the view over short distances. Try switching to external cam and move the cam away from the plane (showcase cam). Even inside heavy clouds you will be able to see the plane with almost no fade until it gets very small anyway.


This topic should receive so many more votes ! It’s so important to acheive realism through clouds. They added turbulence which is a great plus already but this is a must need.

That video of cloud surfing is just insane ! If you tried to do that in MSFS your plane would be covered in white icing :smile:


Spread the word let’s make this happen !


MSFS takes us backwards in terms of cloud rendition? Are you serious?


Why would you lie by saying that you can see the MSFS aircraft wings disappear?

Can you read the topic title?

Do you know what the word context means?


I know perfectly what you meant, but I think you are making a mountain out of a grain of sand with this subject. It would be great to have this effect? Of course! But we finally get clouds that actually look like clouds when you are close to them, and you come up angry with this? Really?



And I know what you meant by trying to treat me like you are my master. So I treated you in like manner.

All you have to do is STICK TO THE TOPIC. Don’t make me your subordinate as the topic.

Do you know what I mean?

The topic was not the clouds, The topic is wing obscuration in clouds.

Do you know what that means?


It’s fine man, I just thought that there is no need to get angry, and your post sounded really angry, that’s all.

Of course I don’t try to be the master of anyone here, we all share the same hobby and the same passion.

And I repeat, it would be great to have this effect in MSFS and we will most probably end up getting it. Have some trust in Asobo, they already gave us many hints about them being totally commited to make this the best flightsim experience ever. Cheers!


This is the wonderful thing about flight simming; its that all of us want more realism. Clouds in a brand new flight sim from Microsoft should be obscuring everything but they do not. So the clouds only (once again since FS4) look nice. They still don’t act like clouds. If they acted like clouds we all would be happy, right? Well is it not about time? We (flight simmers) should all be angry!

The difference between simmers is how long we have been waiting and also how many times we have directly seen regression/compromises. So few seem to (be able) see what is obvious.

I’m angry and I know full well that my anger is totally justified. All these partners and very little to show for it because the focus is only on how things “look”. How things “act” is MUCH more important first, THEN the looks can be implemented.

Captain Tarmack said it best long ago: BASSACKWARDS

Political correctness is what the problem is, and this problem will continue. Perhaps if the next patches continue to cause enough problems more people will get angry. PC will get wiped out eventually and we can finally get a flight sim instead of a photography game. Until then my 30+ years of care for this whole situation is reduced.