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IcemanFBW suggested Krazycolin commented

Comprehensive weather API (custom weather radar, predictive windshear data, hazard data, winds aloft data, native METAR/ATIS API)

Add weather API functions for WASM and JS gauges which can accomplish the following:

  • Return precipitation data over a defined area, in multiple customizable layers (dependent on severity), so that custom weather radars can be implemented by third party developers
  • Return wind/windshear data over a defined area, so that custom predictive windshear systems can be implemented by third party developers
  • Return turbulence data over a defined area, in multiple customizable layers (dependent on severity - e.g. A320 weather radar displays turbulence in 2 layers: moderate and severe), so that it can be incorporated into custom weather radars
  • Return hazard data over a defined area (returning distinct location(s) of possible lightning and hail) so that it can be incorporated into custom weather radars
  • Create an API which allows for retrieving weather data (especially temperature, pressure, and current winds) at any given waypoint, facility, and/or location (defined by latitude, longitude, and altitude). Winds aloft data such as this is critical for creating a proper VNAV (vertical navigation system) which relies on having this data for proper descent profile predictions as well as cruise/fuel burn predictions
  • Create an API which allows for retrieving the current METAR at any facility, as well as ATIS at any airport that supports it.


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IcemanFBW commented

Not usually a fan of "bumping" threads, but would love to see this get some attention or at least a response. Many other aircraft developers (Aerosoft, PMDG, Fenix) desperately need a weather data solution, as it's the one thing they cannot work around as it requires a sim API.

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Krazycolin commented

Us too please.

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