REX Game Studios released their first new product for Microsoft Flight Simulator, called Weather Force. Weather Force is a metar-based dynamic weather engine that extracts metars from NOAA and provides accurate results within 1/8th mile, providing the most realistic weather in the simulator.
When unboxing Weather Force, I expected it to be similar to the setup and layout of products on the Prepar3D platform. Before starting the installation, antivirus software should be off to prevent any false flags. After the installation is complete, give the Weather Force folder exclusions rights with the antivirus software. Once this is complete, you turn on the antivirus software. When opening Weather Force for the first time, fill out the required information to activate the product, which is very straightforward. Weather Force offers Live Weather, Dynamic Changing Weather Scenario (DCWS), and search for weather conditions that you prefer worldwide. The settings section allows users to adjust the weather updates within Microsoft Flight Simulator and the transition rate when it will change the weather. One cool feature is that the user can also create a favorite airport list, which will provide the latest weather conditions to each airport. When setting up for a flight, the user needs to have clear skies selected within Microsoft Flight Simulator. Once the simulator is loaded up and in the aircraft, click weather synthesis. Weather Force will start injecting the current weather at the aircraft’s location. It will take a few seconds to inject it into the simulator, once inject you will notice the difference.
Overall, I am pleased with Weather Force and strongly recommend it for anyone trying to add realism to flight simulation. REX Game Studios is constantly updating Weather Force and adding new features such as historical weather data, presets, and more! Fantastic Job, REX!
Executive Vice President of Experience | Board of Directors
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We’re so excited to see that Microsoft has officially announced the release of the much awaited Flight Simulator 2020. The release date is August 18th. We are so excited that Microsoft is back to creating content for the community however, we will always continue to support existing platforms like X-Plane, P3D, FSX with our ACARS as long as members continue to use those platforms. We are so excited to see what this new simulator brings in hopes it rejuvenates the flight simulation industry and attracts new people to our beloved hobby.
I’m sure many of you are wanting to know what this means for our community. We don’t expect there to be any sort of ACARS system that will work for MSFS out of the gate. Since it is a new development we are creating a game plan to figure out a way for pilots to submit their flight reports with VirtualUA. Once we have more information we will send out another communication with information.
Like always thank you so much for being apart of our community. We couldn’t do what we do without your dedication and commitment.
VirtualUA Management Team VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org
The summer season is among us, and it is about that time to take off the pool cover, roll out the grill, and begin planning family vacations. Here at VirtualUA, Inc., we are excited to welcome warmer weather and hope you’re just as thrilled as we are at VirtualUA.
This summer will mark our eighth summer serving the flight simulation community. Eight years ago, VirtualUA started our development with three staff members. Today, VirtualUA has grown to serve thousands of dedicated flight simulation pilots, striving to enjoy an awesome community each day. VirtualUA has seen remarkable growth in our community, and it is our appreciation of our loyal pilots such as you who have helped make VirtualUA one of the best and fastest-growing flight simulation community in the world.
At VirtualUA, Inc., we know you have the option to choose your virtual airline, and that is why we are very thankful you have chosen us. We work hard each day to bring you the best experience, and we will continue to do so. Thank you, and blue skies.
All the Best,
Robby Sayles President/Chief Excecutive Officer VirtualUA, Inc.