I just updated to beta 9 (looks like the update is automatic now?) and while the new ways to customise both the ATIS voice and text are welcome, I’ve found several issues with it. I set up an ATIS with the following actual METARs:
ESNN 241850Z AUTO VRB03KT 9999 SG FEW017/// OVC053/// 00/M02 Q1009
ESNN 241820Z AUTO VRB02KT 9999 -SN FEW021/// BKN034/// 00/M02 Q1009
ESNN 241750Z AUTO 05003KT 360V090 9999 -SN ///028/// 01/M03 Q1009 REUP
Using [FULL_WX_STRING] (not sure if that’s relevant) I noticed the following:
- The leading zero in the wind direction is left out (it says 50 degrees 3 knots, instead of 050 degrees)
- “Minus two” is pronounced in a very odd way, like “minnus t-wou” (UK female voice, if that’s relevant)
- It skips SG (snow grains), even though it is listed as a recognised weather type
- It skips the whole cloud section if there are /// indicating that cloud type is unknown
- It adds the “closing statement” by default
- When making changes to presets I can’t see the text I edited until I click in another window; the edited text then appears (for example, if I edit a string in the window for text presets, I have to click in the window for voice presets before I can see the edited text).
I would have liked to try with various weather conditions, but I don’t think there is a way to check the output based on anything but the current METAR when connected to the network? It would be a welcome feature to be able to check the formatting and output offline with any METAR, current or simply free text to see how it reacts to different METAR strings.
Finally, is there an easy way to make the same changes for the ATIS for a set of airports? I have around ten airports to manage, and they all have more or less the same ATIS format. As it is now I have to edit the composite for each airport even if I want to make the same changes for all airports. Is there a better way to do it that I’m missing?