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faust1200 First Officer

I was reading a thread in hifisim's forum (active sky x) which talks about how there seems to be no way to set up an overcast layer. Specifically, flying above an overcast layer where the ground is totally obscured. I guess it had never occurred to me before but yeah they are right. With or without ASX I can't get the sim to portray an overcast layer. No matter what you do you are always able to see the ground under you. (unless you set your visibility for like 1/4 mile or less but thats no the same thing) From messing around with it I think the problem seems to be that your visibility setting always overrides any obscure layer. So a mile visibility means you can even see a mile toward the ground even if it bumps up against a supposedly solid layer. I have my weather all maxed out on settings so I know it's not that. Anyone have luck making a real overcast layer? It makes setting up instrument scenarios difficult where you want to break out at minimums.

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Ryan (737FLIER) First Officer

I can't either. The best you can do is turn a type of cloud's on 8/8 and turn the weather to ultra high.

This is my computer at 8/8 overcast.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

I don't have FSX but the same question came up in FS9. You can create an overcast layer and fly above it.

Example:
1. Create a cloud layer 10,000 ft. to 12,000 ft. MSL. Chose Stratus clouds, overcast.
In addition:
2. Create a visibility layer 10,000 ft. to 12,000 ft. MSL. Select the lowest value(1/16 mile).

That should give you a overcast layer that you can fly over, under or even in.

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Ed Reagle (edr1073) First Officer

You continue to amaze me as usual. You da man...!!!

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faust1200 First Officer

CRJCapt wrote:

I don't have FSX but the same question came up in FS9. You can create an overcast layer and fly above it.

Example:
1. Create a cloud layer 10,000 ft. to 12,000 ft. MSL. Chose Stratus clouds, overcast.
In addition:
2. Create a visibility layer 10,000 ft. to 12,000 ft. MSL. Select the lowest value(1/16 mile).

That should give you a overcast layer that you can fly over, under or even in.

Yes I have tried this. But like I said in the OP the visibility I have while flying above your layer supercedes what the the visibility is IN the layer. (Fsx doesn't care what the visibility is unless you are in it) If I am above your layer with 5 miles vis, I will be able to see 5 miles toward the ground - through your layer. However, yes flying in the layer would work because of the reduced vis. But like I said, one cannot fly above the layer (with normal visibility) without seeing the ground.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

I understand what you are saying but that's the best you can do with the stock program. Maybe you can buy a third party weather program that will work better.

edr1073-Thanks, I guess I didn't solve his problem but I tried.

Pete72 Guest

CRJ Captain ...what an AMAZING weather tweak to get overcast in FSX !!...Here I sit 13 years later and have just read your post!!.......Well done!!

 

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