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this topic has previously come up a number of time. We implemented that in a previous test version, but quickly discarded it again for the following reasons.

First, what FS Navigator does is pure fake. The values definitely do not consistently refer to mountain peaks, but are rather an unsystematic collection of altitudes at reandom points. There are sometimes, though very rarely, mountain peaks, sometimes valleys, sometimes slopes or whatever. So for any serious visual navigation the FS Navigator data are useless, because inconsistent. (For example, the peak of Mount Everest is missing).

But there is a more serious issues which I explained in various previous post. Many simmers tend to forget that the FS world is NOT the real world. In fact, the FSX world is not even like the FS9 world. What FS displays is a rough approximation, sometimes relatively close, sometimes far away from reality. Therefore, if we used real world data, that would not make sense, because they do not coincide with the FS data.

In principle, elevation data could be extracted from FS files. But that would implicate to read analyze several GB of files. This might take as long as installing FS in the first place. Furthermore, since there are many terrain add-ons available, the elevation data may differ from user to user, so that the process may need to be repeated every time you install a new scenery.

It is for these reasons that we decided not to use elevation data in FSC.



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