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  1. Sigh .. Ok i'm looking forward to a comprehensive review that can demonstrate Active Mode 1 Transitions 2 Cloud Variance 3. Historical weather and how it works 4 Faithfulness to the Metar Passive mode ( And what it is about) 1. An explanation as to "what is an air effect" 2. A demonstration of that "air effect" at work 3. Any other benefits of using Passive mode. User interface 1. Initial setup to the sim 2. Setup of any co programs (Simbrief / PMDG) 3. How it looks and where to get to the essential features/options in the menu 4. Potential setup issues to look out for and avoid. Recommendation and Wrap Up Hopefully something of a semi professional review comes out soon. I'm not one for sitting down and watching someone stumble through "their review" of a product. (No offense to them but that's too messy for my taste) But its early days and i have the time so hopefully someone steps up.
  2. @LondonController Please dont take this as having a bash but "before" going live i would have recommended that you would have given the product a thorough run through offline so that you. 1.Dont look unprepared while online and 2. Unfairly assess the product on the merits. Hopefully you give your audience another go of the product once you have gotten past the initial teething issues you may have had. Cheers
  3. Fair enough .. my apologies for misreading.
  4. Umm no sir. Not for me it doesn’t. Everything sounds positive at the moment but at the end of the day the product.. not the hearsay must demonstrate its value looking forward to the demonstrations and reviews
  5. Ill give you that.. No one knows everything ... back in FS9 i was happily flying Project Opensky models with whatever freeware panel that could match with absolutley no systems depth and was very happy doing that. flying vor to vor and ils. Nowadays i wont touch anything that does not provide a high level/study level simulation of an AC. So i will agree that your product may provide something yet to be seen in my eyes... I wont know till its tested and reviewed so we will see. But i thank you for the graciousness in expressing your opinion and i appreciate that sincerely. Cheers
  6. We have to agree to disagree then .. nothing personal .. my view of the matter is that if the platform had a few more deliverables (a radar with tilt and windshear prediction / plausible turbulence and a presentation of clouds pre SU 5 with suitable blending of metar data and 24 hours of historical wx) Active sky would be moved a lot more into niche category. So yes ,,, MSFS has dropped the ball so some of us are willing to take a look. You may not see it that way but pretty much that's why i am even interested to take a look.
  7. Agreed. I took a very long break from simming with when FSX came out .. I have been simming before that since version 4.00. My system couldn't run it. I was fresh out of college and was unable to put in the funds to get FSX to run decently on my system. So i missed completely the FSX/P3D era. So naturally what i know is MSFS2020 and what it provides which is for me (at the moment is not bad) and in other cases is great . I am also very hesitant to be piling on a bunch of third party add-ons (again im not from the P3d lot spending hundreds in add-ons) and whatever i purchase MUST provide value. I'm sorry if the Dev feels he is being unfairly criticized and has to prove the value of his product again but new sim.. new audience which probably prefers everything to be included in the platform they are using. Now we all know that is not possible when it comes to scenery and aircraft but weather (sorry to say) is one aspect i think most of the simmers including myself in MSFS with no nostalgic attachment to Activesky was hoping would never have to purchase an add-on for. Fast forward to 2024 and we still don't have a decent radar simulation / in cloud turbulence has been turned down and MSFS/Asobo still hasn't managed to provide at minimum 24 hours worth of historical weather among other things that have been lacking .. ok .. Active sky now has an opening ..take your shot.. Looking forward to seeing in a video how this product works In passive mode (because the whole active injection model and the way it handles transitions is a non starter for me) to objectively enhance the wx experience in the sim. If the enhancement adds value ..ill buy it. if it doesn't ill pass. When the other thread opened up about initial release i stated i was skeptical ... but open. Not being unreasonable to be skeptical when for all intents and purposes myself and most of the users of the sim are more or less happy with the wx as it stands ... and was hoping the sim would develop and refine the wx. Lucky for Active Sky Asobo dropped the ball in that department so are open to see what is offered.
  8. As someone posted earlier ...a video demonstrating the transition in preset mode would be probably best. I know what my personal preferences are so there is no point in pointing them out any further. looking forward to some actual demonstrations of the program at work
  9. I think Fenix needs to work on adding some contrast to filter out some of the background "haze" on its display so when the brightness is turned down the contrast between the Text and the background is gradually increased then the brightness of the text itself gets dimmer until both fade to black. As it stands theres not much contrast so both the text and the background fades out at the same time and that probably explains "a little bit" Bobs complaint. For comparison. If one wants to take a look at how i would suggest it to be done can look at the Inibuilds A300 displays when they are turned down. (The haze gets filtered out first then everything gradually goes black)
  10. I just did another flight last night in the A300F at dusk from Oslo to Tailinn.. moving from one weather front to another is something i cannot unsee and give up. So i think the secondary enhancement features of passive mode and if the potential weather radar api's will work in passive mode is ultimately what i am interested in. From Active Sky's webpage.. Passive Depiction Mode Passive mode is used with live weather and allows MSFS’s internal live weather depiction to take full control of weather depiction in the simulator, while Active Sky FS provides Active Air Effects and all other non-depiction features (mapping, planning, voice features, conditions report, web companion app, etc.) This can provide better regional variation and cloud variations outside of Preset control, recommended for LIVE WEATHER VFR and casual flights where visuals and effects are more important than weather conditions accuracy. Active Air Effects Provided in either depiction mode, Active Air Effects enhance your flight with turbulence, drafts and more: Clear air turbulence Internal MSFS turbulence compatibility (for combined ASFS-applied and internal MSFS-applied turbulence effects) Updrafts Downdrafts Microbursts Thunderstorm vicinity turbulence and draft effects Gusts, wind variation and gust-related turbulence
  11. Had thunderstorms with lightning on my flight yesterday from SBBE to SBSN. Maybe you meant it’s lot as prolific as expected ?
  12. I'm skeptical but open to see how they handle moving fronts and transitions. If its not as seamless as the default............
  13. Its not worth 700 dollars but its worth finding a friend who can purchase a 5800x3d elsewhere and bring it to you. 700 dollars is robbery. I don't recommend getting the 5800x but you must find a way to get a 5800x3d without getting ripped off
  14. Historic Airliner and overall ... The Concorde Modern Airliner - Airbus A350 Bizjet- Any Gulfstream 5 or its recent derivatives/ relatives 550 to 800 (They look so word not allowed elegant my knees go weak!)
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