Hello, I am a new member to the X-Pilot Forums, and I joined, due to owning both SkyMaxxPro and Real Weather Connector. In recent months, I also bought the new ActiveSkyXP add-on, since I've used it before in other simulators. Since I have all three add-ons installed, and they seem to all work together, I am curious as to what RWC actually does, that ASXP doesn't and why the dependency between SMP and RWC?
My workflow in XP is to first start up ASXP, then start up X-Plane. At the startup screen, I make sure that the weather is set to real world weather, and then make sure the rest of the flight parameters are set, then I start the flight. After the cockpit shows up, I have to wait a little while for my scenery to fully load (pulling it from an external HDD), then the weather updates to whatever it is currently. It is then that I wonder what RWC and doing and how they work together, or is it a case of redundancy? This was an aspect of weather generation I never really thought about until now, with the exception that in general, a metar is pulled for the airport I am at and then the metar is decoded and transposed into a visual environment, which then updates at regular intervals set within a particular program. Logic would dictate that XP is already pulling metar data, and so is ASXP, so is this also something that RWC does?
I guess what I am really trying to ask is whether or not I made a mistake in using ASXP if RWC does the same thing? I did notice in the settings that you can either choose FSGRW (FS Global Real Weather) as a "metar source" or another add-on (like ASXP), so maybe I've answered my own question.
If anyone would be kind enough to clarify, it would be appreciated.