[jhb_airlines] Re: Active Sky

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 20:09:14 +0100

METAR's are only broadcast every 30 min so there really isn't any need to
set a 15min refresh. OTOH if you set a 30 min refresh you might log on a
minute before the next upload and so your data is 29 min old. I guess a 15
min refresh ensures that you never get more than 15 min old data.

In most cases the weather won't vary significantly between METAR's but when
it's bad the changes can be dramatically sudden. So much so that in real
life we can get updated actual every few minutes or so. Updated actuals
never get sent out on the AFTN so in FS land you still only get a 30 min gap
between messages.

If it's a nice VFR day then your logic is sound but if there are fronts
about or its foggy then I'd opt for keeping the updates running.


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 30 September 2008 19:18
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Active Sky


On the Horiz forum I jumped into a thread on weather progs. I mentioned 
that I don't have ASv7 set to download the weather at 15 minute 
intervals, since I understand it's not necessary. The chap who askede 
the question seems to think that if you don't go for 15 minute reloads, 
the weather stays the same everywhere, throughout the flight. My view is 
that the weather over a 1 hour VFR flight won't change significantly 
from what it was forecast to be, at the start of the flight.

Can someone think of a more lucid way of explaining the situation, since 
I seem to be failing, miserably?

Gerry Winskill

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