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 Opus Screenies, Pretty Impressive!
Bushpilot
Posted: Oct 9 2012, 07:39 PM


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OK, I'll be honest. I'm getting really skeptical in my old age and rather jaded. It does take a fair bit to impress me now with FS. I've had serious misgivings about Opus because there are a number of features I really want/need which it doesn't have, and a few that it has that I wish weren't there or were adjusted. They really need to make the Cirrus layer random and typically below 35000 ft. Right now they are pegged at 43,000 so you never get above them. I believe they are working on that. Also, it's a royal pain to get anything other than current METAR's in their system. Also, upper winds are "calculated", not actual. That said though, there are no sudden windshifts anymore and they do seem to be reasonable based on actual conditions, so in fact that part isn't bad. Lastly, if you want a briefing, you need to get it from the actual source (Skyvector.com is a good one) because Opus really just provides the wx. That's it (and camera angles if you want them. I didn't).

What it DOES do though, it actually does very, very well. Key points are that you can finally have a full overcast condition in FSX. I had an undercast a good part of the way on the trip you'll see pics from below, and it was solid. I mean, horizon to horizon with maybe only 1 or 2 very small breaks. Secondly, when there is mist or fog on the ground now, your vis of the ground stays dim or blanked out, but your vis to the horizon is pretty clear. The low vis seems to lie below the clouds, which is as it should be. For a lot of the way, I had more or less clear skies but limited vis, and that's what I saw from FL380. Lastly (for this segment), you really do pass from one wx system into another, and you can actually see the wx systems around you without having it also being right underneath you. Port Hardy was overcast at 300 ft and 1 mile vis, while just north of that up to past Bella Bella it was partly cloudy and about 10 miles vis, then it was overcast again with 9 miles vis and ceilings at 700. As I left Port Hardy (I was at altitude) I could see it clearing up ahead. After being over that for a bit, I could see the edge of the cloud deck further north. It didn't suddenly appear under me and all around me. As I went further north, I overtook it, but could look back and see the clear skies behind. Similarly, going up the middle of Vancouver Island I could see clouds on the western side of the mountains but it was mostly clear on the eastern side. That's what the METAR's gave for Tofino and Campbell River respectively. I was really impressed by this. Coming into Prince Rupert, the skies were 700 overcast and 9 miles vis. Unfortunately I didn't note at exactly what altitude I was at when I popped out, but it was pretty close to what was called for as at the 1,000 ft callout from the FMC I went flaps 40 and I still couldn't see the runway. When I did pop out, it was a ragged ceiling underneath and it was as real a scene as I have witnessed outside of the real thing, in all honesty. I was blown away. Vis underneath seemed a bit high for 9 miles, but that is an extremely subjective feeling and I may have just been adjusting to seeing nothing one minute to the whole airport the next.

I must say, I am very impressed indeed. They need to work on a few things, but they do listen to the customer which is nice, and there are constant updates and improvements. The biggest drawback for me is not being able to get archived weather and the respective briefings. For flights in Norway when living in Canada, this means afternoon flights have nightime wx. That can be significant in the foggy season. I likely will continue to use AS2012 for that area. For Canada though, I think it will be close enough that I can use current even if it's a few hours old. Especially on the west coast it will be better. Still if I want to do an early morning flight out of Halifax and it's evening here, that wx is pretty old. But by that time I'm probably getting back to more typical morning conditions by virtue of it being night again. In any event, I like the program well enough to really give it a good shake down, and to stay with it and see how it develops over time. For now, some pics of a 737-700 flight from Victoria to Prince Rupert. I didn't get any going out of Victoria because I had a graphics hiccup which I suspect was caused by a memory issue from Victoria, Orbx and the 737. I'll have to explore this further later on. So there's one shot on the ramp, then I pic it up again about opposite Comox on the way north.

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Climbing to FL380

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Looking west near Comox

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Now looking east near Comox

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Near Port Hardy which is under a layer of fog

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Ditto. Note solid undercast horizon to horizon

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Reaching the edge of the cloud bank north of Port Hardy. Only repeating cloud patterns I saw on the trip.

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Near Bella Bella. Note lower vis down below but good up top. You can just make out the next cloud bank to the north which extends to Prince Rupert and beyond.

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Crossing the boundary of the next system

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Bushpilot
Posted: Oct 9 2012, 07:45 PM


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Crossing into the next system

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Ditto

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The transition to the next system is not instantaneous

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Four miles final on the ILS for 13 at YPR

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Just breaking out of the clouds

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Short Final. Note the ragged bottoms. Very realistic

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On the ramp with the ragged clouds in the background

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Done and parked.

I am impressed. With a little work, this program will blow all the others right out of the water. The downloads are not noticeable when flying and the new weather MOSTLY loads very smoothly. I did have a couple of very sudden shifts in clouds, but only a couple. No windshifts at all.

Hope this helps.


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carm
Posted: Oct 9 2012, 08:45 PM


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I have been running around in circles trying to find " Opus `
Will someone give me a hint where it is located.
Thanks. blink.gif
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Posted: Oct 9 2012, 09:13 PM


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Posted: Oct 9 2012, 09:24 PM


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Didn't notice any mention of Pounds Euros or Dollars - is this freeware?
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pivo11
Posted: Oct 10 2012, 01:26 AM


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Thanks, Glenn. Certainly does look good. I don't understand about not being able to have current weather in Europe. Do you mean that Opus won't use the current weather when flying in Europe? If it's just a time of day problem, can't you set the time you want in the sim?

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pivo11
Posted: Oct 10 2012, 01:28 AM


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QUOTE (olderndirt @ Oct 10 2012, 04:24 AM)
Didn't notice any mention of Pounds Euros or Dollars - is this freeware?

Would that it were. $44.95

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Bushpilot
Posted: Oct 10 2012, 06:42 AM


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QUOTE (pivo11 @ Oct 10 2012, 01:26 AM)
Thanks, Glenn.  Certainly does look good.  I don't understand about not being able to have current weather in Europe.  Do you mean that Opus won't use the current weather when flying in Europe?  If it's just a time of day problem, can't you set the time you want in the sim? 

Cheers,

No no, you get the current wx everywhere. The problem for us in Canada (or any place that is several time zones removed) is that you may want to do a flight at noon, sim time in Norway. But by the time I can actually do the flight IRL, it's more like 03:00 local time in Norway (19:00 where I am, + 8 hrs TZ difference = 03:00 Trondeim time). Wx conditions typically vary quite a bit from midday to midnight (presence of radiation fog, temperatures, convection thunderstorms, etc.), so you really aren't getting very representative weather for that flight. With AS when you load FSX, it reads the time off the sim (although you can set it to real time if you want) and loads the METAR's appropriate for that time - in this case noon in Trondheim (for example).

For flying in Canada though, the most you'll be (from the eastern time zone) is about 3 hours off, so you can still get reasonably representative wx for the time of day you are flying. It's not perfect, but it's close enough. So that's my biggest bugaboo about the program. Now in your case, it's just the opposite. You'd have very accurate wx for Norway, but would be as much as 10 hours removed from wx in B.C. So if you're flying at 19:00 local, you'd be getting 09:00 (roughly - I'm not exactly sure what TZ you are on) in B.C. HOWEVER, there's not a lot you can do about that unless you want to set your flight time for the evening before, because 19:00 is still 10 hours away in B.C. so the weather there hasn't happened yet. In that case, Opus would do as good, or better job than any other program. It's only if you are going back in time that you start to see a significant difference. For you, the program might be ideal.


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pivo11
Posted: Oct 10 2012, 07:48 AM


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Right, I understand. (Mebbe) So Opus won't/can't use METAR reports to generate weather unless they're "live", is that it? Mmmnnn...that could be a bit of a problem. As you point out, the difference between dawn and midday may be quite significant.

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Bushpilot
Posted: Oct 10 2012, 07:56 AM


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Yes. It uses the most current METAR's only. However, they are working on an update which will allow you to download and plug in historical METAR's. These guys work pretty quick so I don't think it will be a long wait.


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pivo11
Posted: Oct 10 2012, 08:50 AM


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Well, the eagle has done its thing, so maybe I'll take the plunge. biggrin.gif I really like the fact that you can see what the weather is ahead of you and that the transitions are done well. Gad, more toys! laugh.gif

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Posted: Oct 10 2012, 09:26 AM


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I think it will work quite well for you Fritz. I reprinted this article on their forum at Avsim and they replied saying they'd be working on getting historical wx and a briefing page starting tomorrow. So they do listen and that will make this program pretty much heads and shoulders above anything else. Just make sure you read the install guide carefully.


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Posted: Oct 10 2012, 11:07 AM


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QUOTE (pivo11 @ Oct 10 2012, 01:28 AM)
QUOTE (olderndirt @ Oct 10 2012, 04:24 AM)
Didn't notice any mention of Pounds Euros or Dollars - is this freeware?

Would that it were. $44.95

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Guess I'll wait 'til REX wears out.
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pivo11
Posted: Oct 10 2012, 12:17 PM


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QUOTE (olderndirt @ Oct 10 2012, 06:07 PM)
QUOTE (pivo11 @ Oct 10 2012, 01:28 AM)
QUOTE (olderndirt @ Oct 10 2012, 04:24 AM)
Didn't notice any mention of Pounds Euros or Dollars - is this freeware?

Would that it were. $44.95

wink.gif

Guess I'll wait 'til REX wears out.

Yeah, you may be right. Then again, I've never been known for my restraint.

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Bushpilot
Posted: Oct 10 2012, 01:03 PM


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Be aware you can use REX or AS textures (or just the HDE clouds) with Opus. Opus doesn't come with textures, so you get all the benefits of REX/whatever, plus a much better weather engine. FYI.


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