It's probably the new speed rules. The Sim News post says it is for 'ground speed', but if you look at the rules, it also applies to atmosphere travel. So, if you have a slow sublight speed ship, it's going to take a while to get anywhere in atmosphere now.
If you are trying to travel across a large planet in atmosphere in a slow ship, you are probably better off moving to orbit, and then back down to your destination. It will only take two hours maximum to get to any point in the atmosphere.
Edited By: Amp Thane on Year 9 Day 244 9:31 ____________
Light speed is too slow! We're going to have to go right to...Ludicrous speed.