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How to Use a Metar File

Metar files are used by X-Plane to set weather conditions while flying off-line. There are two ways to obtain a metar file:

    1. Have X-Plane automatically download the metar file.

    2. You manually download the metar file.

If you want X-Plane to automatically download the metar file, you will need to do the following:

    1. Run X-Plane.

    2. Go to the "Weather" Options located under the "Settings" menu.

    3. Check the Periodically DOWNLOAD real weather file 'METAR.RWX' from the internet box.

    4. Check the Periodically SCAN real weather file 'METAR.RWX' to set weather in X-Plane box.

    5. Set the downlad and scan time to 5 min. for better weather updates.

If you want to manually download/use the metar file, you will need to do the following:

    1. Download the weather file and rename it "METAR.RWX" This file is already provided for you in all Cal Air Certification check rides.

    2. Place the "METAR.RWX" file into the X-Plane folder (same folder that contains the X-Plane application.

    3. Run X-Plane. 4. Go to the "Weather" Options located under the "Settings" menu.

    4. Check the Periodically SCAN real weather file 'METAR.RWX' to set weather in X-Plane box

    5. Set the downlad and scan time to 5 min. for better weather updates.

    If the Periodically DOWNLOAD real weather file 'METAR.RWX' from the internet box was checked after you started X-Plane, you will need to uncheck it, quit X-Plane, and start from step 1.

    NOTAM: If you have XSQUAWKBOX (XSB), you will need to disable it otherwise X-Plane will NOT use the METAR.RWX file. To disable XSB, while in X-Plane, go to the "Plugins" menu, then to the "plugins admin" menu, and select the "enable/disable" option. Uncheck XSQUAWKBOX. Then next time you start X-Plane, XSB will be disabled, you will need to disable it each time you run X-Plane if you are using the METAR.RWX file.