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Active Sky 6-- Is it my destiny??

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Hello All!How important to the overall experience would you say Active Sky is? I've been thinking about getting it, but I always decide not to because I end up thinking that improving the weather really won't enhance things greatly. Should I reconsider? I think it must be in my destiny to own the program, because just the other day I was flying from Miami to Tampa on VATSIM, and another pilot sent me a private message and just asked, sort of "out of the blue" (pun intended) if I was using Active Sky (and I happened to be thinking about it at the time!). I just wanted to get some other opinions about it before I decide to take the plunge! Thanks!Paul

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I don't know if it's your destiny to get Active Sky. Only you can decide that, but it is a great improvement over the stock FS9 weather. If you're serious about making sim flying as realistic as possible then Active Sky will only help. And, you will rarely see a negative post for it in the forums.John M

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Active Sky is more than just amazing. You can tailor many different aspects of the weather and environment that it's more than just a minor enhancement to MS Real Weather. The bonus is the fixes for MS RW bugs.

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I have a question. Suppose I have Flight Enviorment. FS now downloads the real weather. What will Active Sky do that the regular FS program won't do considering I have Flight Enviorment? Just so you know I have ASV but always wondered this.jimCYWG

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>I have a question. Suppose I have Flight Enviorment. FS now>downloads the real weather. What will Active Sky do that the>regular FS program won't do considering I have Flight>Enviorment? Just so you know I have ASV but always wondered>this.>>jim>CYWGWith Flight Environment, you can choose to either use those textures (setting them up within the FE program) or letting AS6 use its own textures. You can check both sets of textures out and use the ones you like best. If you want to stick with Flight Environment, you can just not use the AS6 ones, or vise versa.

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@ Jim,I have FE too and still use it over ASV6 textures.It's the core weather programe in ASV6 that rocks. More accurate and updated weather with too many enhancements to mention here.Too bad they didn't have a demo. It took me a long time to get convinced about ASV6 but finally I picked it up after so many testimonials and I'm not sorry at all. Dare I say I would not fly with out it.

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A MUST Have IMO. You won't regret it. I don't fly without it.

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You fly Microsoft Flight Simulator, you use ActiveSky. To do any less would be to buy a Picasso Painting and then put it in a frame from Walmart!

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I generally do not like running other programs alongside fs9, hence I too was on the fence a loooonnngggg time.My atmosphere was utterly transformed by AS6 - I never fly without it now - not ever.regards,Mark

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must also chime in,i used FSmetar for a loooooong time,but a few months ago i bought Active Sky.i will never fly without it now,it is really the best program out there,and yes,it DOES transform your sim.support is excellent.the program itself shouldbe on the computer of every flightsim pilot.CheersJP.

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I have them both,FE and AS6. My ? is is there a setting to just let me use the water grahics from FE and then use the sky and clouds from AS6. Bob

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Thanks for all of your replies! I've got the credit card in hand, and I'm going on over to the website to get it! It guess ActiveSky was in my destiny, after all...Paul

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I have FE but not AS6. I read that AS6 is a bit difficult to set up.I fall into the "Click here for pretty clouds" group, not the "Designate appendage to weather file 4.000.875 and list temperate modulations in folder 6.1" type. How easy can AS6 be made to use?

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Will Active Sky eliminate the sudden changes in weather that I'm getting in the stock FS9 program? One example of what I'm talking about is when approaching an airport for a landing and the weather is partly cloudy with visibility over 50 miles and then just as soon as a certain altitude is reached, the weather drastically changes to heavy fog... The fix for that alone would get me to pick up Active Sky...

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Just go for it and your flying experience will never be the same again...Hence we are most of the time in the sky :-lolJust great stuff don't fly without ASV :-) or for that matter the first version till the latest...FS9 or X isn't the same without it...Have fun,Andr

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I made it my first Payware add-on and I 've only had it a short time. I am convinced for 2 reasons. 1. It's everything everybody said it was.2. (And most important to me.) You will have to look hard to find better support for the product.Best regardsJan1,KINDWhen I push the button and it works, I'm happy:-)HP Media CenterPentium D 2.80 GHz2.00 GB RAMNVIDIA GeForce 6200SEConexant Falcon II NTSCXP SP2

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After you recover :) from that purchase if you do not have a flight planner add-on consider FSBuild. It interfaces with recent AS versions so the weather effects on FSBs fuel planning are considered.My "operations" suite is AS6.5, FSB 2.3, Radar Contact 4.2, and my aircraft of choice in FS9, typically a PMDG 737NG or smaller turbo-prop.

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BUY BUY BUY!Has anyone ever actually SEEN a bad word spoken about ActiveSky? I know I never have.I think it was my first payware product actually, and its the one I could never live without. It literally ROCKS my FS experience!And as has been stated above, the support is without a doubt the best you could hope for!I hereby make a massive shout to everyone involved in giving us the fantastic product that is....Active Sky.Regards,Al.

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Hello Everyone!Thanks everyone for their words in this thread!!There have been 3 questions raised throughout:1. How hard is AS to setup and use? Setup can take a little bit of time because we do include so many different options. We include a HUGE manual that walks a person through each option, and we are around 27/7, 365 days a year, including every holiday known to man. After setup, a simple click on an icon, before running FS is all it takes. Then, everything is automatic.2. What about visibility changes? Well, that is STILL a FS issue that NOBODY has been able to solve. It is still possible to be on approach and around 10K go from clear conditions to not so good conditions in an instant. There is NOTHING more, we, or anyone else can do about this! Remember, this is not weather changing all of a sudden, but the visibility and the way that FS is hard coded.3. Is there anyone who dislikes us? Well, there is at least one person who can't stand us because we went from being freeware to payware about 4 years ago. He mostly posts at another Forum and hijacks any thread concerning Active Sky!Thanks,Jimhttp://www.hifisim.com/Active Sky V6 Development Team Active Sky V6 Proud SupporterHiFi Beta TeamRadar Contact Supporter: http://www.jdtllc.com/AirSource Member: http://www.air-source.us/FSEconomy Member:http://www.fseconomy.com/

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How much of a difference is there between AS 4.5 and AS 6? I've looked everywhere on the AS site and there doesn't seem to be a special price for upgrades. I think the $40 was worth it for AS 4.5. But, $40 again for AS 6? I don't know about that.However, I do love the Active Sky and never fly without it! I highly recommend it!

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Hi Rob,After AS4.5 we released ASV and offered a discount price for that. Then we designed and released ASv6. Users of ASV were Updated for free. Now we have ASv6.5 for FS04 and FSX, and users of ASV/ASv6 were Updated for free. So AS2004.5 is now 3 versions behind and we just cannot go back that far to get anyone up to date.Each of the version required much programming and are not simple Updates! We feel there is a huge difference between AS2004.5 and ASV6.5!!Thanks, Jimhttp://www.hifisim.com/Active Sky V6 Development Team Active Sky V6 Proud SupporterHiFi Beta TeamRadar Contact Supporter: http://www.jdtllc.com/AirSource Member: http://www.air-source.us/FSEconomy Member:http://www.fseconomy.com/

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