I hear Thunder

  • Today in warm Adelaide it is overcast and as I sit here at my laptop I hear thunder rumbling. That sort of prompted the question .... has any sim ever modeled thunder storms? Flying through extreme weather would certainly encourage edge of the seat immersion I am thinking. =O

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    You could also buy FSUIPC, which lets you set up levels of turbulence, and things like Active Sky and REX for scary clouds and effects, or even realwxlite for just the weather. Trouble was, they made heavy demands on the GPU and not many cards could handle that at the time, so FPS went through the floor.

    I remember some guys who simulated the NOAA hurricane research flight in Connies, and there might still be some of their videos around

    Also, you need a full-motion platform to get the real feel, otherwise you just sit in front of the screen with an uncontrollable plane.

  • of course :)


    https://play.google.com/store/…m.simulator.free&hl=de_AT


    But ...for a flightsim ... thunderstorms rumblings are not really nice to have for me.

    There are plenty of tons other things before .. i want to have :)

  • I never saw a darker sky than in Australia, the only place where I saw water pouring down the inside of a door. For some turbulence though northern Europe in stormy winter is as good as anywhere.


    You need to have your head violently swung say hard left and instantly need to put in a bootful of rudder hard right, kick the pedal on the side of the up-going wing! This would really be for the inner ears more than the visuals.

    Perhaps a servo actuated helmet and neck brace with age related safety limits? No need to fling the entire pilot, seat, pedals, panel and display assembly about, leave something for the imagination.

  • I never saw a darker sky than in Australia, the only place where I saw water pouring down the inside of a door. For some turbulence though northern Europe in stormy winter is as good as anywhere.


    You need to have your head violently swung say hard left and instantly need to put in a bootful of rudder hard right, kick the pedal on the side of the up-going wing! This would really be for the inner ears more than the visuals.

    Perhaps a servo actuated helmet and neck brace with age related safety limits? No need to fling the entire pilot, seat, pedals, panel and display assembly about, leave something for the imagination.

    I've flown cross-country a fair bit although trans-continental is a more appropriate term given the size of Australia and it is best viewed at low level. Problem: guaranteed severe turbulence with big wings. That's a problem in an aircraft with massive exposed titanium spars above your head. So padding on the spars and your head are essential, even in winter.