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HiFi Sim Tech Comments on Future Development

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HiFi Sim Tech has today taken to the forums to discuss some of the future plans that they have in light of the next-generation of flight simulators. Damian from the team took to the forums to discuss what the future looks like in a world with Prepar3D v5, X-Plane 11.50 and also the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Starting with Microsoft Flight Simulator, Damian has said that the team has received a huge amount of support and encouragement from the community about the suite of Hifi Sim Tech products coming to the platform. He said that this enthusiasm with the new simulator has “stoked the demand and need for Active Sky features for more advanced weather experiences.” Sadly, Damian did say that right now they are not aware of any way to bring weather interpretation into the simulator or what the possibilities will be. That said, they have been busy preparing the foundations for an Active Sky weather engine for Microsoft Flight Simulator and are just waiting on more news on further updates to the SDK to make this a reality.

Moving on, Damian wanted to discuss the future of Active Sky within Prepar3D v5. Damian commented that further updates are expected with Prepar3D which will bring changes to TrueSky. HiFi Sim Tech has been preparing a release candidate for the latest build of Active Sky on that platform for the eventual release of an update to Prepar3D v5. Damian also reminded customers that those who ASP4 customers who participate in the OPEN BETA for ASP3Dv5 will get the update free of charge upon the full release.

With the release of X-Plane 11.50, HiFi Sim Tech is preparing a new release for Active Sky XP. The new release will provide full support for Vulkan and Metal. Beyond that release, the development team will be building upon the Active Sky XP technology with a new major version releasing very soon. This will cover “all ends of the weather experience” whilst also preparing for upcoming changes to the X-Plane weather system. They anticipate that the development of this system will complete in the middle of 2021 and also promised that significant discounts will be made available to current customers.

HiFi Sim Tech clearly has a full schedule with plenty of work continuing with weather engines for all of the major platforms. We’ll keep you posted on any further updates and details as and when we see them.

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5. FSUIPC by Peter Dawson (80 Votes). FSUIPC5 is an add-in for Prepar3D Version 4 which provides an interface for other programs to read and write all sorts of pertinent data relating to the simulation. FSUIPC is available in both a free and paid version, with the paid opening up a lot more freedom for customization such as an autosave feature and, some weather options, and more. FSUIPC is available for EUR 29.99.

4. Navigraph Charts (122 Votes). Navigraph charts offer worldwide Jeppesen charts that the user can follow to help plan their flights. Featuring ground maps, SIDs and STARs, as well high and low enroute maps. The application can read routes from a route file, import from SimBrief, or the user can input their own flight plans. The application can also link directly link to the sim and show a live position on the charts and maps. The charts can also be overlayed onto the world maps. There is also a mobile app for all charts that can show the position of your aircraft, just like the desktop version. Navigraph charts can be picked up for a yearly subscription of EUR 62.90.

3. GSX/GSX Level 2 by FSDreamTeam (176 Votes). GSX/GSX Level 2 is a ground service product that offers services such as marshalling, catering, the boarding and deboarding of passengers and cargo, refuelling, pushback, and more. GSX is compatible with every airport in P3D, default or payware. First released over 7 years ago, the expansion, GSX Level 2, was released just about a year ago in 2018. The expansion brings animated passengers and crew, SODE to every airport, custom logo placement on vehicles and jetways, and more. The base GSX can be picked up for $34 USD, with the expansion being $29 USD. Bundling both together will drop the combined price to $49 USD.

2. ChasePlane by OldProp (253 Votes). ChasePlane is a camera system that makes switching and setting up custom views a breeze. Custom views are set up with a simple click of a button and a name for both the inside and outside of aircraft, as well as static views specific for that airport. Motion effects are included simulating vibrations and g-forces and can be customized specifically for the aircraft you are flying. ChasePlane also comes with a community feature that allows you to share your presets with the community and for others to download them for their aircraft. The menus are full of customization that can very easily make ChasePlane your own and handle pretty much exactly the way you want it to. ChasePlane can be picked up for $39 USD.

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Environment Force by REX Simulations. Environment force offers changes and improvements to your sim environment such as shaders and textures. Coming with an automatic mode and manual mode, the combinations are practically endless for your sim.

ProjectFly by Mettar Simulations. ProjectFly in its simplest is an electronic logbook. Tracking all your flights with multiple parameters, and community features such as charter jobs.

1. Active Sky P4 by HiFi Simulations Technologies (390 Votes). Active Sky injects real-world weather into your sim, adding a more realistic environment to your flights. Different types of weather you can run into thunderstorms, clear skies, fog, and even the occasional hurricane. Active Sky also offers a way to build your own weather environment and even go back in time to a specific date and times weather. Tons of customization is included in the menus as well. Active Sky P4 can be picked up for EUR 42.99.

We hope this top 5 can help out new and existing simmers improve their simming experience, and be sure to check back for our next top 5.

P.S. We have listened to your feedback and will be changing how we run these polls with the next one.

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