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For about a day now, I have been playing with the "Free" version of the ActiveSky weather program than can be found here on the Avsim Site. it to the default weather that can be downloaded from Jeppensen, I would say it is almost like night and day. Both do a good job but I believe the ActiveSky is more realistic especially since it "Constantly" updates the weather as you fly. What I mean is the actual TAF/METAR's are being updated into the system rather than what is available at departure time with the default program.Case in point, this morning on a flight in the default 737 from KMDW (Midway) to KSYR (Syracuse), I was given an initial approach to the ILS runway 28. After being handed off to the tower just inside the Outer Marker (OM), we are given a runway change to 10 due to the winds. We were still above circling minimums of 900 and 1/2KSYR 291703Z 19017G25KT 2SM -SN BKN019 OVC029 02/M02 A2940 RMK AO2 P0000but when you have not planned for it takes you a moment or so to figure out what has to be done. We landed with no problems on 10 but I had wished that FS2002 would not be locked into that "Longest Runway" only mode. Runway 15 would have been a better choice due to the winds and was long enough for us plus it was clear.Anyway, try this ActiveSky program and I will think you will enjoy the higher level of simulation it brings to FS2002. You will note that they are Beta testing a newer version which looks like it will be even better. Maybe MS will consider putting this into FS2004.Terry

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