Active Sky 2016 (AS16) represents the culmination of 16 years of weather simulation engine development! New In-Cloud Motion Effects, Weather Scenarios System, Airborne Weather Radar, P3D v3 Visibility Smoothing and Volumetric Fog Integration, Navigraph Data Integration, Re-designed Map-based Custom Weather Editing System, Universal Web Companion App, an Improved Mapping System and a High-Latitude Cloud Squeeze Fix are just a few of the new features to debut in this brand new version of Active Sky.
Beyond the many new features, AS16 also extends and improves all aspects of weather simulation and depiction, from data parsing, to synthesis, interpolation, depiction, performance, and everything in-between, your entire weather experience will be more realistic than ever before.
AS16 also incorporates full integration with Active Sky Cloud Art (ASCA), our brand new graphics add-on for both FSX and P3D. ASCA includes cloud textures, sky textures, and brand new 3D cloud models to transform your skies, while also debuting a ground-breaking new feature when used in combination with AS16: Real-Time Dynamic Cloud and Sky Textures! This enables realistic weather-influenced texture variation that reloads throughout your flight without needing to shut down and restart your simulator. You can use any graphics add-on(s) with AS16, but dynamic texture reloads require the AS16+ASCA combination.
Now available is SP1 for AS16 which incorporates significant enhancements, adjustments, fixes and tweaks to further increase realism, immersion and functionality. Highlights include new P3D visibility improvements, cloud motion effect improvements, improved restricted visibility depiction, new jet-stream and wind-layer shear turbulence influence effects, interpolation improvements, generation depiction improvements, additional API functionality, P3D v3.4.18 support and much more.
In-Cloud Motion Effects : Feel the speed of motion while flying through clouds
New P3D 3.2+ Visibility Smoothing and Volumetric Fog Integration : Finally, smooth and realistic visibility depiction for P3D is here
XGauge WX + Radar : Enhanced weather gauge with included realistic airborne radar mode
Weather Scenarios System : Challenge yourself with several scenarios including a Microburst Encounter, Gusting Winds, Wake Turbulence, and more
High-Latitude Cloud Squeeze Fix : Fly high-latitude areas without stretched clouds
Map-Based Custom Weather Editing System : We’ve re-designed custom weather editing and provided a new easy map-based custom weather area manager and weather setting wizard
ASCA Integration for Real-Time Texture Dynamics : AS16 works with any texture/graphics add-ons (including default graphics), but when combined with ASCA, real-time texture dynamics and automatic wx-influenced selections are enabled
Web Companion App : Remotely view and control weather using any device on your local network with new webserver/browser technology
New Map System : Vector Background Options and New Overlays
NAVIGRAPH Data Integration : Airports, Navaids and Fixes now provided by Navigraph! A complimentary expired database is included with AS16, and regular AIRAC cycle updates are available with a Navigraph subscription
Award-Winning Active Sky Weather Simulation Engine – Enhanced Further! : We’ve been enhancing and growing Active Sky since 2000, and this new version expands our weather engine even further than ever before
Enhanced Thunderstorm Effects : Thunderstorms are now very dangerous, as they are in the real world, and require avoidance, in most cases, to ensure safe and successful completion of your flights – Flying into heavy cells can result in loss of aircraft control and even airframe stress overload
Performance-Focused Design : We’ve taken the previous codebase for Active Sky and re-factored it, tuned it, and re-designed many core areas for increased performance and usability
User Interface Improvements : We’ve incorporated user feedback and made dozens and dozens of improvements throughout the entire UI
Hybrid Weather Depiction Technology : AS16 uses multiple integration and depiction methods to provide realistic, smooth and correct weather and ambient conditions at all times, while also providing full cloud position awareness to enable advanced cloud-synchronized radar, precipitation and air effects
High-Fidelity Data Resolution and Coverage : Active Sky 16 includes enhanced global gridded weather data, global sigmets and airmets, global surface data and global aloft data for much improved realism and coverage for all kinds of conditions in all areas without relying strictly on METAR reports
High-Fidelity Air Effects : Wake Turbulence, Microbursts, Downdrafts, Updrafts, Terrain-influenced Drafts, Thermals and more!
Smooth Transitions: Cloud formations, wind, temperature, visibility and every other aspect of your weather is smoothed, transitioned and interpolated for the ultimate in realism
Private Server Network : AS16 utilizes the high-performance and high-availability HiFi DataNet weather network with multiple servers in multiple regions around the world, providing high-resolution weather data and historical data archives for the past 2 years
Online Historical Data with Playback : Fly in weather at any date/time up to 2 years in the past and have weather update realistically throughout your flight according to hourly-archived conditions
Active Sky API : AS16 utilizes an extended version of the Active Sky API, allowing 3rd party developers to integrate and take advantage of advanced radar, icing, wind shear, weather data and weather controlling extensibility
In-Cloud Motion Effect with AS16
XGauge WX + Radar in AS16
Windows Vista or later
Microsoft Flight Simulator X with SP2 or Acceleration or FSX:Steam Edition (AS16 for FSX)
Prepar3D v3.2.3+ (AS16 for Prepar3D)
AS16 is offered in 2 different versions: AS16 for FSX and AS16 for P3D – Each requires a separate license
2GHZ processor or better
2GB RAM or better
1GB available hard drive space
Minimum monitor resolution to access all user interface features: 1024×768
Sound device (for sound and voice features)
Requires an online internet connection for normal usage. Online activation is mandatory. License is valid for one computer/installation only. Moving software to another computer will deactivate the previous computer. 10 automatic reactivations are permitted. Multiple-computer installations will require an individual AS16 license for each computer that it is installed on.
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