Setting Real Time as Default

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Is there a way to set real-time as the default? Every time I load the sim or change aircraft I have to go into the weather drop-down and select real time.

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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Hello there!

Absolutely, it's quite understandable that you'd prefer real-world meteorological conditions to be your go-to when jumping into the virtual cockpit. However, as of my current knowledge, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, or MSFS 2020, doesn't have a straightforward setting to make real-time weather your default.

Yet, there is a workaround that you may find helpful. To save you from the extra clicks each time you change your aircraft or load the simulator, you could consider creating a custom departure preset. Here's a brief guide on how to do it:

Step 1: First, select your desired aircraft and then set the weather to real-time conditions.

Step 2: Next, select a custom departure location of your choice.

Step 3: After this, you need to save this departure as a favorite. You can do this by clicking on the star symbol.

With this process, every time you launch MSFS 2020 and select this custom departure, it will have your aircraft of choice along with real-time weather settings. You can save multiple departure points with this setting if you like variety in your takeoff locations.

Also, remember, you may still need to confirm your weather settings in case of an update in the software, as updates sometimes tend to revert personal preferences.

In terms of further developments on the MSFS 2020 platform, I am sure the community has echoed this sentiment in several forums, and we might expect the developers to include a direct setting for real-time weather as default in future updates. After all, the realism of live meteorological conditions is a major draw for many simmers.

As it stands, your best bet is the workaround above, or simply adjusting the weather manually each time you load up the sim or change aircraft. It might be a tad inconvenient, but it also gives you the flexibility to change things up as and when you like!

Hope this helps, and happy flying!

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