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Monday, 29 November, 2021

Best Weather Engine For Fsx

Christina Perez
• Monday, 21 December, 2020
• 23 min read

It's not bad but have had to dial down much of the settings to stay away from potential OOM's. I would be perfectly satisfied with a good real world weather program without the $50 price tag.

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I7 3770K @ 4.5 GHz, Asus Z77pro, NVIDIA 670FTW, 2 Samsung 840 pro 256 GB, 8 GB Corsair Vengeance 1866 MHz. I have them all and except for personal taste, Active Sky is my favorite.

Mike G. Intel Core i7-4770K, ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO Motherboard,, 8 GB Memory, VGA GeForce GTX 1070 6 GB Video Card, Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply, Windows 7 64bit, Corsair Hydro Series H55 CPU Cooler The major SP3 update for REX Essential Plus and REX Essential Plus Overdrive was released a couple of days ago.

I've tried all the other free options and this worked best for me (more stable and less intrusive) with no noticeable frame rate hit. The major SP3 update for REX Essential Plus and REX Essential Plus Overdrive was released a couple of days ago.

I did some reading on various Active Sky programs, apparently the lats version ASN uses default (or other add-ons') textures to generate the environment. Nowhere it explained how you get a good-looking environment we've seen using default textures.

I care about to a lesser degree, I would rather have custom environmental textures. Otherwise, I must but F1 Flight Environment or other ton of add-ons that will come up costing a fortune.

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Realistic radar simulation, cloud position awareness and synchronized ambient effects, brand new air effects, brand-new thunderstorm depictions, micro bursts, thick overcast, smooth cloud transitions, variable cloud areas, voice weather briefings and forecast data integration are just some features that await you! With ASN, your skies will be accurate, smooth, visually stunning and uncompressed. ASN also introduces, for the first time ever in a weather engine : Complete cloud position awareness, synchronized cloud-based ambient weather effects and an integrated accurate radar simulation.

Entering or exiting a cloud brings an appropriate change in precipitation, visibility and turbulence. The exact position of clouds and precipitation cells are always synchronized between the simulator depiction and the radar display.

Thunderstorms have been given great attention, utilizing a new depiction system, ambient effects, radar and cloud position synchronization. Completely new micro burst, updraft and downdraft, enhanced turbulence and wind-shear effects combine to make thunderstorms beautiful yet dangerous.

Full International Airmen/Signet simulation is now provided in real time weather mode, with airmen/signet areas shown visually on the map and/or gauge. If a Signet warns against severe turbulence, convective activity, or icing, you can expect to encounter this appropriately during your flight.

Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required) DirectX: Version 9.0c Network: Broadband Internet connection Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible Additional Notes: Broadband internet connection required for multiplayer features We’ve seen huge jumps in technology for aircraft and scenery and of course weather engines.

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Luckily, it’s been brought to our attention from reader Gary that there’s a free weather engine with an impressive feature list. Just like the payware weather engines, it uses 3D interpolated data to make transitions smooth, which helps to ensure realistic visibility, accurate turbulence on aircraft and ensures cloud depiction is visually pleasing.

Flight 737 MCP and Eris Panel support (limited function at present). Landing Analysis with Popup window, Spy messages and user logging.

Provision has also been made to add support for Flight MCP and Eris panels. Landing Analysis with Popup window, Spy messages and user logging.

Enhanced weather detail and coverage in Selective Update mode including indication of the load progress (percentage) during the initial weather load indicated on the banner message on the sim's main display. Relocated Weather and networked client systems can now be used with the new and default Selective Update mode. This option opens the Opus FSI Spy window setting it Top Most on the display.

Corrected a problem with Selective Update weather mode when the user's location is close to the International Dateline at 180 degrees longitude. Modified the Opus PDK Interface which now fully reinitialize internally whenever a new scenario is loaded by the user.

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Increased the size of the We Overview/Locator Map's Met Station marker to make the various weather conditions more obvious. Hence, all future upgrades will force a Grid data reload prior to decoding.

This beta is limited to downloading, extracting and decoding the FULL Grid forecast data file. The Prepar3D v4.5 release uses different default zoom levels for all cockpit, observer, and world views.

The following sim type arguments will select botnet 4 (later Prepar3D) modes of operation, The Opus FSI GPS Simulator interface can now be used to feed data into an Aviation Planning and Navigation package running on an external device (e.g. Demon or Firefight).

The OpusPMDGData.txt AMDG upper wind import file is now always generated and stored in the x:\Opus FSI_v5\ Weather folder irrespective of what aircraft type is selected in the sim. The AMDG upper wind file is generated whenever an Opus FSI Flight Plan is defined (even if it's just a simple End Eggs, departure + destination type).

Removed all unnecessary options from the Weather related dialogs in keeping with the new Smoothing and Stabilization procedures. Improved all DHM vibration effects and factored in the position of the aircraft's spoilers.

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The botnet 4 P3DSERVER program now makes use of the latest Disconnect functions to allow smooth transitions between all camera views, similar to those previously available with the Opus PDK Interface. In other words, these early Prepar3D sim types all use the Fix server program and Microsoft FlightSimulator Disconnect library.

Radio and Nav frequencies appended to the Opus FSI Destination and Alternate Weather Reports. These options are now set automatically within the software to ensure optimum performance and correct destination weather.

Improved Cloud and Visibility Smoothing procedures which are now effective over a larger area. Added a temporary Enable Wind Stabilization (Beta Test)' checkbox option to the Weather dialog.

This must be ticked prior to generating weather each time the Opus FSI server program is activated. This method eliminates the need for weather 'theme' updates during the altitude zone changes and forced surface wind recovery.

The global conditions are specified in standard Metal form excluding the ICAO and Day/Time code at the start. For example, the string “27004KT 2000 SCT042 04/01 Q1018” would specify a surface wind of 270 at 4 knots, visibility of 2000 meters, scattered cloud at 4200 feet, temperature 4, dew point 1, and an QNH of 1018mb.

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DHM turbulence effects now factor in landing gear and spoiler positions. The Spy window now indicates the 'Distance Since Last Update' in km each time the weather cell data is displayed.

The Opus FSI Volumetric Fog setting is only adjusted automatically if the server can read the Prepar3D.CFG file in the user's Appear Roaming Prepar3D ex folder. This effect can be adjusted to match the Max Cloud Draw Distance within the sim's Weather settings.

Note, changing the setting mid-flight may not have much of an effect if users have the Opus FSI Visibility Smoothing enabled. This option allows users to create various Opus FSI server and client configurations.

The configurations can be specific to different sim versions for example, or different flight modes (e.g. the preferred weather options for VFR flying etc.). To create a new configuration simply edit the options in Opus FSI, quit Opus FSI, then copy/rename the current CFG file, finally append the name of your CFG file to the start up program.

Corrected a problem Importing v4 format Camera Definition Files (CDs) when operating in Fix sim mode. Corrected a problem with the ButtKicker turbulence audio control.

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Greatly improved (sped up) program initialization and the initial data loading procedures. The FSISERVER.EXE and FSICLIENT.EXE programs control the start up of the various SERVER and CLIENT software and prepare all necessary botnet 2 and botnet 4 dependent DLL libraries before running the appropriate Fix /P3D server or client programs.

Different colored text is used within the Spy window to differentiate between the various control actions and audio channels. Grid data decoding takes just a few seconds and is recorded within the generated c:\Opus FSI_v5\Decoder.log file.

All weather updates and refreshes are processed immediately if both cloud and visibility smoothing are disabled. This allows the weather maps and locator/overview feature to be used whilst flying the simulator in full screen mode.

This allows weather parameters and options to be specified or altered whilst flying the simulator in full screen mode. Once imported the file is automatically processed and the Opus FSI weather regenerated and updated.

The 'Update' option performs a full update with cloud/visibility smoothing when it is enabled and you are airborne. The 'Refresh' option requests a weather regeneration or refresh using the current Metal and Grid data with cloud/visibility smoothing when it is enabled and you are airborne (in other words it does not download new Metal or Grid data).

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All requested Weather Refreshes are performed at the next appropriate time as determined by the Live WeatherEngine. The Weather Preferences' dialog includes an 'Enable Visibility Forecast Data' checkbox option.

These options try to preserve both the local cloud and visibility layering during all weather refreshes and updates whilst the user is airborne. Problems with injecting Meters within the P3D code prevent the option being used on P3D systems.

After landing, automatic weather updates are disabled for the specified time period (default 30 minutes). The Live WeatherEngine includes greatly improved modelling of atmospheric inversion Layers.

The Spy window reports when Weather Updates are Disabled on Approach and Re-enabled due to distance or timeout. The Live Camera 'Number of View Modes' no longer needs to be specified within the Configuration dialogs.

This allows camera views and panning sequences to be managed or edited whilst flying the simulator in full screen mode. The Live Camera Control (LCC) dialog is displayed top most to allow it to be used whilst flying the simulator in full screen mode.

The LCC 'Reset All', 'Reset Position' and 'Reset Rotation' functions (and Shortcut commands) work as expected, resetting the appropriate eye-point offsets for the camera view. The 'Remap Devices/Joysticks' will change all assigned joystick numbers for Cameras, Panning Sequences, and Shortcut Commands and save the new Device/Joystick mapping data in the relevant JOYSTCKS.DAT file.

The P3DSERVER and P3DCLIENT programs interface with the Prepar3D simulator via Lockheed Martin's Disconnect library. The Spy window now shows the Opus FSI version number of the current Opus PDK_vNN.DLL library file installed within the simulator's Modules folder.

Live Camera Control (LCC) can also be used with Observer views allowing the user to roam about the landscape or airport. These options can be used to create and display an Observer view for the selected Departure, Destination, or Alternate location (determined from the Weather dialog settings).

The resulting Observer is created at the aerodrome's latitude and longitude, placed 200 feet above the ground and configured to automatically track the user's aircraft. The Server's Add-ons menu now includes an Opus FSI Live Weather 'Import Flight Plan ... option.

The LA Map Station's Monitor dialog now contains ' SIDS ', Stars ', and Airways button options. The 'SIDS' and 'Stars' button options are greyed out if no departure or arrival data is available for the selected station.

The 'Reverse' checkbox option can be used to reverse the order of the Navigation Points making it handy to cut and paste from the lower text box. Large pink dotted markers along the route are used to identify each of the Airway's navigation points.

Navigation aids are now visible at zoom level 8 and above on the LA and We Maps. Individual fixes listed within the SIDS, Stars, and Airways dialogs can now be selected with the mouse cursor.

Once selected the LA or We Map will be automatically centered on the selected navigation point and the map's zoom level will be checked to ensure a minimum zoom level of 10. It is also necessary to turn off the map centering options if you wish to alter the zoom level and examine the area surrounding the selected navigation point.

Live Camera Control (LCC) and DHM functions are now active when the sim is operating in ' Instant Replay' mode. The Camera Management form layout has been changed and new radio buttons have been added to filter the listed view types.

These details include all main configuration options, the Transition and Zoom settings, and the assigned aircraft types. Modified the appearance of the Opus FSI Weather Report windows to a smaller footprint.

This will be found helpful when operating the simulator in Maximized or Full Screen mode. ButtKicker Configuration Dialog now includes a 'Enable Spy Test Messages' checkbox option.

The Server allows up to nine Weather Report windows to be opened and sized/positioned anywhere on a single or multi-screen system. Previous _SE and _P3D client CAM files are renamed automatically on first use by both the Server and Client programs.

The Live WeatherEngine enables Grid data by default in Automatic Settings' mode irrespective of what Max Cruise Altitude has been specified by the user. Now takes account of the actual position and size on multi screen systems.

The Client Config dialog now includes configurable Lateral, Longitudinal, and Vertical Axis Offset fields. These offsets are added to all the Live View Positional data that is received from the Server and are intended to offset the selected aircraft model's axis on the client system, usually when it is different from the aircraft model on the server system.

The Server Config dialog now includes an option to manage and edit server side Live View Offsets. These Lateral, Longitudinal, and Vertical axis offsets supplement the client side Config options and can be associated with a specific aircraft type or group of aircraft types.

This dialog allows you to Create, Clone, Edit, Delete, or order your server side Live View Axis Offsets. Corrected problem loading OpusFSI_User_Stations_ Fix and OpusFSI_User_Stations_P3D data files in both the Server and Client software.

These files are generated after using MakeRwys.exe and the Rebuild Station Data option in the Configure dialog. Live Camera's 'Play Sound on View Change Config option will now play a user \Opus FSI Camera.wav file, defaulting as before to the standard Windows Beep sound (Ding.wav) when no valid ' Camera.wav file is found in the user's Opus FSI folder.

Enhanced Live Weather Assistant (LA) Map Auto Zoom feature effective at both your departure and destination points. Licensed Opus FSI Upgrade users no longer need to have a valid Opuses license file installed.

In other words, the CFG file content is modified to insert (rather than append) all Opus camera definitions in between the aircraft's general configuration settings and all standard aircraft camera definitions. This release is fully compatibility with Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D Versions 2 and 3 for both server and client programs.

Corrected a problem saving historic World Weather Themes for all simulator types, and handling Windowed Views with Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D Version 3 for both server and client programs. These betas contain the latest updates and corrections for full compatibility with Prepar3D Version 3.

Includes the Live Weather Overview / Locator feature for the Server (see document and topic on Informs). See Live Camera Guide or details posted in the 'Opus FSI World Views Beta' Informs topic.

Improved the turbulence calculations and DHM control when the Live WeatherEngine is not active. The LA Maps now include options to both examine and plot the SID and STAR fixes and routes for any aerodrome in the world.

When enabled the worldwide Grid and Metal data will be saved in the \Opus FSI\ Weather folder. When disabled, Grid download and decoding will only take place when the aircraft is on the ground (e.g. either before flight or after landing).

The Grid cycle data hour offset is now displayed in the Spy window text, in the on-screen Upper Atmosphere report, and in the OpusWeatherReport (Grid) text report file. Up to four small footprint LA Maps can be displayed on either the server or a networked client system.

A Rebuild Station Data option has been added to the Server Configure dialog. This option can be used to build system specific station (aerodrome) data, including all add-on airports and airfields you may have installed.

This data contains details of all simulator stations (aerodromes) along with all runway and communication frequencies. The ICAO code for either the current point of departure or the specified destination would typically be specified in the TO box.

The We now injects the rounded up average of all Opus FSI turbulence levels covered by the altitude range of the wind layer. These themes can be loaded at any future time to recreate the global weather, including all lower and upper atmospheric data.

The user can then fly in the saved theme weather as if the data was current. Includes the Opus PDK Interface for fast and efficient camera control on Prepar3D v2.4 systems.

Delay command line argument added to assist auto startup. Improved Cloud Smoothing, Dynamic Wind Control, and Prepar3D Volumetric Fog effects including Low Overcast and Reduced Upper Level Visibility options.

We have added a Show Traffic option to the server and client LA Maps indicating the aircraft within a configurable 20 to 120-mile radius of your current position. The LA Maps on the client and server systems, and the on-screen Destination and Alternate Weather Reports now list all available runways in preferred order of use (reading left to right) based on the current surface wind at the site.

The LA Maps also show all relevant Nav and Com frequency data for any identified aerodrome or met station. A left-click 'Lock' mode has been added to the LA Map to lock the displayed data to a particular station.

By right-clicking on stations of interest any number of LA Weather Monitor boxes can be displayed, each showing all relevant data on the station, all available runways (in preferred order of use), all Nav and Com frequencies, and the current weather information. The map will zoom in sufficiently to show all taxiways as an aid to taxiing to the gates or parking area.

The We references additional cloud, surface, and atmospheric data to determine its low level (up to 6000 feet AGL) and Mid level (6000 to 26000 feet AGL) cloud coverage which is blended with the 'actual' Metal data. Opus FSI is fully compatible with the latest release of P3D version 2.4.

Live Weather Assistant (LA) enhanced with various zoomable geographic map options together with superimposed flight plan route, wind speed arrows, turbulence data, aerodrome locations, customizable aircraft symbols and much more. Coordinated wind and temperature target schemes have been introduced to greatly reduce the number of forced weather updates during the climb and descent.

The Live Camera Control (LCC) feature has been enhanced with new Adjust and Create functions. Opus FSI is fully compatible with the latest release of P3D version 2.3.

Changes to the ButtKicker audio control data in an attempt to improve the stability of the Microsoft 'Maud' driver. This release includes improved camera transition options allowing greater flexibility and better aircraft walk and fly around to be created.

The transition speeds can now be slowed down to near walking pace with a slight acceleration and deceleration at the start and end of the camera movement. Camera editing no longer recognizes aircraft and rotorcraft that do not have panel folders.

The injected wing flex data has been increased up to the maximum allowed level within the simulator. High level cloud cover defined in the Mk section of the Metal is also decoded by the We.

We have also added a non-linear element to camera view transitions and modified the way zoom level changes are handled. The weather map data has been reordered and relabelled ready for future upgrades.

Spoiler (speed brake) deployment, landing and initial roll out vibration effects have been added to the ButtKicker audio control. The new improved and coordinated Dynamic Wind Targeting and Control measures are capable of completely eliminating wind shifts whilst still allowing accurate, dynamic, and varied real-world weather to be used within the simulator.

These new measures allow both wind and temperature targets to be maintained accurately during all phases of the flight. The improved Dynamic Wind Control is now constantly active whilst you are above 100 feet AGL and always attempts to smoothly adjust the ambient wind speed and direction toward the required target values.

A Reverse Axis option has been added to the LCC Shortcuts Left/Right, Up/Down, Forward/Backward, Pitch Up/Down, Bank Left/Right, and Yaw Left/Right controller axes. GPS Output feature for 3rd party Navigation and Flight Planning packages such as the excellent real-world Demon PC software.

Improved Bump Aircraft turbulence and ButtKicker audio output control. Joysticks or controllers with POV (Point Of View or 8-Position Hat switches) can be used for LCC axes functions.

This is useful for making seat adjustments, roaming about the cockpit, or flying or walking around the aircraft. This is useful to overcome the Fix bug which shifts the camera view slightly at different locations in the world.

The AMDG 777 upper wind and temperature we file will now be created automatically when you activate your flight plan. The We now accommodates systems running at increased simulation rates (requires the free version of FSUIPC4).

Further anti wind shift measures have been included within the Sim Friendly Grid Data processing. The Opuses client is now compatible with 3rd party packages such as Review and WideTraffic.

The Live Weather Assistant provides useful weather information for the current Opus 800 × 800 mile weather map displayed graphically as a mosaic of 6400 weather cells in either a large or small footprint map with options for Surface QNH, Surface Winds, Surface Visibility, Surface Temperature, Precipitation Levels, Low Cloud Cover, Cruise Level Wind, Cruise Level Temperature and Met Station Cover. Flight planning assistance includes Add-on Menu Report options to show the OpusWeather (Meters and optional Tags), OpusWeatherReport (Grid Data), OpusFlightReport (Flight Plan), and OpusSidStarReport (SIDS and Stars) text file reports within Notepad.

IFLY type formatted SID and STAR files are now recognized and decoded. Grid data handling and upper wind and temp target injection has changed to improve the resolution of all upper wind and temperature targets throughout the weather map and hence throughout the injected weather region.

The download and preparation of the Grid forecast data can now be followed in the Opus Lower and Upper Atmosphere Report windows. Client Side We Control has been added to enable you to control the weather and flight planning from a networked PC and display the various Opus Weather Report windows.

Live Weather Reports now provide a perfect long range (400 mile) Axis for your Local, Destination and up to 4 Alternate airfields or sites. The Opuses Lower and Upper Atmosphere reports also provide detailed winds and temperatures aloft targets derived from the Grid forecast data.

The second phase of flight planning assistance has been included which extracts your navigation points, providing detailed Flight Plan En Route Weather Reports. User Camera Definition Files (CDs) are available on our Downloads page for import.

We are proud to announce we have won the 2013 prestigious AV SIM Reader's Choice award. When a product impresses one of the Motley's Hanger reviewers for innovation, quality, range of features, value for money or accuracy etc., they like to raise its awareness by awarding it the Motley's Hangar Award for Excellence.

Opus FSI helps take reality to the next level by combining three excellent programs into one user-friendly interface, setting new standards of performance and realism throughout its novel design. These methods provide the most detailed, realistic and efficient weather updating service and offer huge benefits over the sluggish, inaccurate and totally unrealistic update methods employed by others.

Live Camera provides excellent camera creation, control and docking facilities through its user-friendly interface, totally eliminating the need to alter any of the simulator's controls. This can be coupled with Live Camera Control and a dedicated 6-axis Gamed controller to wander or float around the cockpit or exterior to your heart's content. The Live Camera interface also includes support for Windowed Views and provides an ultra-realistic Dynamic Head Movement option (virtual cockpit camera shake) utilizing actual 'real-life' capture 3D accelerometer data and Automatic Head Movements to assist the pilot whilst taxiing and banking in a turn.

On networked systems, irrespective of the size and complexity of your system, whether your system consists of a main 'flying' PC with a single networked laptop client, or a more elaborate multi-computer networked system; the Live View interface, with its ultra high-performance IPC communications, unique Client Side Smoothing software, and perfect synchronization of aircraft status, weather and cloud formations, will provide you with the highest possible networking performance. Whether you simply want an additional controllable display to provide further scenic or external view options, or wish to create a multi-screened panorama for your Fix or Prepar3D experience, Live View offers you the ideal hassle-free user-friendly solution.

From this set up it therefore follows that all in-cockpit or instrument panel views used to control the aircraft must be displayed on the main server. You can create wide panoramic vistas this way, or additional external aircraft views, without draining the resources on your main system or degrading its performance.

Live Weather creates very realistic cloud, visibility layering and an overcast effect. Live Weather lets you turn on, off, or automatically generate the cirrus cloud effect.

Live Weather allows you to see low-lying mist and fog patches. The Live Weather Engine supervises both the turbulence and ultra-realistic Dynamic Head Movement utilizing actual real-life captured 3D accelerometer data.

Load your own custom weather using a simple Metal import file. Standard and user configurable Site Effects for additional turbulence and wind shear effects within 80 km of the airfield resulting from local features such as terrain or obstacles on approaches.

Opus FSI also includes zoomable geographic maps with Cruise Level Turbulence, Upper Level Wind and Turbulence, Aerodrome locations, traffic, and flight plan route overlays. Live Camera allows joystick buttons and keyboard key sequences to be assigned to individual or multiple views.

Live Camera supports Automated Head Movement to assist the pilot whilst taxiing and banking in a turn. User Camera Definition Files (CDs) are available on our Downloads page for import.

Import, create or export Panning Sequences such as aircraft walk around which can be assigned to a shortcut button/key or camera views. Live View synchronizes the aircraft's current position, attitude, landing gear, wheel movement, lighting, ailerons, elevator, rudder, flaps, spoilers (speed brakes), engine throttles and reversers.

Live View employs and optimizes multiple dedicated high-performance IPC network links, with Client Side Smoothing software, to provide the highest level of performance and the smoothest possible operation. Live View requires minimal set up and configuration to get up and running.

Live View on the demo version of Opus will run for 15 minutes allowing you to evaluate the software and ensure full compatibility with your system. The device drivers provide an interface to the popular panels and add-on hardware for the sim.

The appropriate interface (Disconnect, FSUIPC4 or the manufacturer's SDK) will be initialized and employed automatically whenever necessary.

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