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Hi everyone...Just a quick note to keep you up to date on the development of ActiveSky.The next version will be called "ActiveSky wxRE", and will be a brand new add-on based on ActiveSky 2002's core technology (wxRE means Weather Realism Engine). Lots of new features are already done and many more are still going in. Some of the new features include:- Smooth, intelligent visual cloud transitions - finally working!- Offline/cycle file use- Wake turbulence effect- Intelligent turbulence and icing- Microburst and windshear effects- Weather briefing interface- TAF awareness- Automatic changing of weather according to live TAF forecast information or preset/cycle TAF files. This ensures that you will never fly with 'stale' weather even if the METAR reports are old!- Internal FS Module control interface of ActiveSky's main runtime options. Also permits getting weather updates from ActiveSky while in-sim- Improved winds aloft simulation for areas outside of FD report coverage- Automatic control of FSUIPC's options for better realism effects including smooth wind, pressure and visibility transitions- Improved display routines for better cloud type selection, ground fog cloud layers and overall visual effectsOver 1/2 of these new features are already working and being tested. This is truly going to be an exciting add-on thanks to the supporters of ActiveSky who shared their input and made quality suggestions. ActiveSky is an ongoing project that will continue to get more sophisticated and realistic, according to the user base's wishes! If you have any suggestions you would like to make, now or in the future, please do not hesitate to ask! ActiveSky wxRE is looking like it will release around December 1, 2002.Thanks again to all the supporters of ActiveSky and to AVSIM for hosting the Project: ActiveSky site and providing these great discussion forums and file libraries.Stay tuned for more information at the Project: ActiveSky website (http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky). A big announcement and screenshots will be released very soon.Thanks everyone!Damian ClarkHifi Simulation SoftwareDeveloper of ActiveSky, the next-generation weather environment simulation for FS! http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky

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you are incredible !congrats and thanks for the good work !tony

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Damian.............the offline option will be very welcome to those of us with a dial-up connection and only one phoneline.........keep up the good work............alan d kerr

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Damian,Is there any features your add on will have that might actually superceed FS Meteo?troy

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A suggestion to your Weather briefing interface:Can you make it also one can print (or to file) a real alike Metar report for an entered ICAO.So one can with planning have some papers with the expected weather at destination and or enroute.Johan[A HREF=http://www.phoenix-simulation.co.uk]Phoenix Simulation Software[/A]-----http://www.people.zeelandnet.nl/johdUnofficial PSS Website

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Wake turbulence effectReally looking forward to this feature.Kilstorm

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Thans Damian. I've relly been enjoying Activesky so far and am looking forward to the new version.BTW, I'm very pleased with the FD Simulation that you are using right now. it at least feels right :)Tim

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Thanx Damian, this one is a "must have" Add on!New great features!!Please, trry to keep it as a low frame rate impact program!

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Hi Troy,The answer to your question is: ActiveSky wxRE will be more advanced than any existing weather product out there. New technologies in display, processing and intelligent environment simulation haven't yet been done before. I think it's safe to say that wxRE will raise the bar and be the best weather program available, which will force the competition to make their products better. Hard to say exactly what will happen long term but I am determined to continue development of ActiveSky and make it the most advanced, realistic and challenging weather environment possible. FWIW, design and planning has already been in progress for FS2004's new weather technology... So basically the short answer to your question is YES. :)-Damian

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another good idea would be to have a weather diagram so on can do route planning properly rather than second guessing .I don't know if that's possible with FS2002 but it's something I always thought would be great too see because it would make flight planning not only more realistic but easier to plan around weather ahead as in real life. keep up the great work Richard Dillon KPDKSr First Officer www.jetstarairlines.com"Bill Grabowski's"ERJ-145 panel Beta TeamMD-11 panel Beta TeamPAI beta tester ____________________________"Lets Roll" 9/11 Specs AMD 1600 XP MSI KT 266t pro2 512MB DDR 2100GF3 ti 200 64MB SBliveCh Products Yoke and Pedals(usb)Windows 2000 Serivce Pack 3

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Hi Johan,Check it out: The new Weather Briefing interface works like this:You enter your departure, destination, alternate, and enroute stations you'd like to use (this can be autocalculated and/or imported from FS or FSNAV). You also enter your cruise altitude, departure time and ETE.ActiveSky wxRE will then create an intuitive report including:SynopsisDeparture weatherDestination weatherAlternate weatherEnroute weatherDeparture forecastDestination forecastAlternate forecastEnroute / Area forecastWinds aloft forecastsLinks for actual detailed briefing info (Airmets/Sigmets, NOTAMS, etc) are also provided.This will all be printable (now that you made the suggestion!) and you will get a report very similar to what yould get from an FSS briefer.Upon generation of the report, destination force will automatically set and you're ready for your flight (if you decide to go!)During your flight, you'll be able to get a weather update, INSIDE the sim by hotkey, based on your initial briefing. Pretty cool huh?-Damian

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Hi Bill,Great suggestion. I've thought about this at times and have come to the conculsion that the only way to make this happen is to create FSNAVIGATOR integration/compatibility so that weather info/objects can be read by FSNAV and displayed on the world map. This could include cloud coverage icons, IFR/VFR status icons, surface wind icons, precipitation areas, etc...The reason for needing FSNAV is that the world display engine they use is a HUGE WHEEL that they've already invented.. It could take years to develop something that good that would work independantly in ActiveSky.I have attempted to contact FSNAV developers concerning this in hopes that they will support this kind of technology in a future version. I am already building in support for this when/if it becomes available. Haven't heard back from them yet though...It might help if some of you would e-mail FSNAV folks asking for this!Damian ClarkHifi Simulation SoftwareDeveloper of ActiveSky, the next-generation weather environment simulation for FS2002! http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky

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...i do agree!Damian,most people here fly loading a saved METAR.I usually run FSMeteo on a second PC networked to my server running FS2002; and do not have internet connection on that client.So i can only run previous downloaded files.Thanks a lot for your great addon!!!cheersLuigi ;-)

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Damian,In regards to the weather type briefing you described up above, this is based on real-world weather that you d/l correct? Also, how often can you set up Active-Sky to d/l real world weather? I have an "always-on" connection so I hope it is around the 6 minute mark that FS Meteo has? Also, are your winds-aloft accurate based on real-world winds or are they just made up by the program? I choose my overseas routes/fuel calculations on real-world winds aloft that I am getting with FS Meteo right now. It sounds like you are gettting alot more stuff put into this than FS Meteo has, that is why I am asking as I am thinking of switching to your program (after spending money on the FS Meteo 5.2 upgrade!). Thanks

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>Hi Johan, >>Check it out: The new Weather Briefing interface works like >this: >>You enter your departure, destination, alternate, and >enroute stations you'd like to use (this can be >autocalculated and/or imported from FS or FSNAV). You also >enter your cruise altitude, departure time and ETE. >>ActiveSky wxRE will then create an intuitive report >including: >>Synopsis >Departure weather >Destination weather >Alternate weather >Enroute weather >Departure forecast >Destination forecast >Alternate forecast >Enroute / Area forecast >Winds aloft forecasts >>Links for actual detailed briefing info (Airmets/Sigmets, >NOTAMS, etc) are also provided. >>This will all be printable (now that you made the >suggestion!) and you will get a report very similar to what >yould get from an FSS briefer. >>Upon generation of the report, destination force will >automatically set and you're ready for your flight (if you >decide to go!) >>During your flight, you'll be able to get a weather update, >INSIDE the sim by hotkey, based on your initial briefing. >>>Pretty cool huh? >>-Damian Thats what I ment. Great!! But the weather still can change after this? I mean, it doesnt lock destination weather to what one got before? Othwerwise it hasnt any spurises left :-)Johan[A HREF=http://www.phoenix-simulation.co.uk]Phoenix Simulation Software[/A]-----http://www.people.zeelandnet.nl/johdUnofficial PSS Website

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You can make Active-Sky download as often as you want. The limitation, as I understand it, is that the weather info being downloaded is only updated every 30 to six minutes. This same limitation exists with FS Meto as the Meto info is coming from the same source. Active-Sky is free. Why don't you try it and see what you think? I have never tried FS Meto, but I love Active-Sky!Tony

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Damian,Glad to see improvements to weather coming. Two features about ActiveSky interest me -- intelligent transition, and (what seems to be first time anywhere) use of TAFs. TAFs are important, and not only for the reason you've stated. TAF (and FA, area forecasts) are the only way to know about WX above 12,000', since that's as high as the automated equipment responsible for the vast majority of METAR reports goes. It's very frustrating to look outside, see several scattered to broken layers in the mid to upper levels, yet on FS I'm in clear blues, because the local METAR sees nothing BLO 12K. I sincerely hope that TAFs will be used together with METARs (and hopefully FA in future?) to allow a better representation of those moody, cirrus and ACCS-filled skies that we're having lately!Best of luck with ActiveSky -- even though I'm a FSMeteo user, I'm watching this with lively interest!Kind Regards, --BeachComer Stephen "Beach" Comer Real World Pile-it Commercial ASMEL, Instrument Airplane 4500 TT, 2500 BE20 & BE10 Serving Happy Landings Since 1973!

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