HiFi SimTech has today released their highly anticipated Active Sky XP. The new edition of the popular weather engine is the first from the company for the X-Plane platform. HiFi have taken all the best bits from their weather engine for Prepar3D and designed a feature rich add-on for X-Plane users. This includes their active air effects, high-performance weather depiction and surface crosswind attenuation.
If you’re not familiar with what Active Sky is, it’s the platform used by HiFi SimTech to deliver realistic and powerful weather data to flight simulators. The same technology found in the FSX/Prepar3D version is also found in the X-Plane, but it has been designed and built for the Laminar Research simulator. The technology allows for advanced weather synthesis and interpolation, high-resolution global winds aloft, realistic air and atmosphere effects and much more.
Despite the range of features, HiFi SimTech has been open about some of the limitations the product currently has. For example, there will be no complete visual replacement for cloud rendering. This is expected in Q4 2019, but subject to change. However, ASPX will feature an optional high-performance cloud texture replacement from a simple installation wizard. It’s also important to note that Mac, Linux and 32-bit X-Plane/Windows versions are not supported.