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Feature: Using Weather in Microsoft Flight Simulator Tutorial Video

Last updated Thu, 02 Aug 2018 20:52:34 GMT
Originally posted on Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:45:11 GMT

Accurate weather enables realistic simulations, and custom weather enables relevant conditions for flight lessons and practicing. 

Screenshot from Using Weather video

Toward this end, flight-sim expert and author Bill Stack provides comprehensive and detailed instructions and information in his tutorial video, Using Weather in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

This video clearly explains in detail how to use the three types of weather options in Microsoft Flight Simulator: pre-set weather themes, real-world weather and custom weather. 

It shows the advantages of preset weather themes and how to use them. 

It further shows why and how to choose either of the two types of real-world weather to enable realistic simulations at departure and destination airports around the world. 

And it provides detailed instructions for setting custom weather conditions for clouds, precipitation, winds, air pressure and visibility. 

For flight simmers seeking to create accurate custom weather, a 17-page supplementary document describes typical weather conditions such as cloud, precipitation, winds, air pressure and visibility.  It explains how to read the same coded official weather briefings that real-world pilots use.  Flight simmers also learn how to set different custom weather at different airports. Finally, the video shows flight simmers where they can find realistic weather reports for airports around the world. 

Sample Video

Flight simmers learn how to use the simulator’s settings menus to enable the best weather simulations available in MSFS.

Like all TopSkills’ tutorial videos, Using Weather in Microsoft Flight Simulator is deliberately planned and designed, logically organized, carefully constructed and clearly narrated for the best learning experiences. Key concepts are highlighted. Screen menus and buttons are highlighted and pointed with large arrows. Narrations are focused and scripted so users’ time is not wasted listening to digressions, ramblings, fumblings, “ums” and “ahs.” They are clearly spoken in standard English so all listeners can easily understand. 

“My tutorial videos are produced to enable my fellow flight simmers to enjoy realistic simulation as much as I do,” says author Bill Stack.

This tutorial video is available for purchase over at SimShack.

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Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation industry expert with over 20 years of experience and also has a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.  Should you wish, you can contact Ian via email at


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