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    I currently have REX 2 installed but I am wondering whether or not there is any better weather addon that not only displays better cloud quality but also more accurate real time weather.

    I realsise that this is obviously a personal area but I would really welcome your comments and thoughts.

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    I use Open Clouds. It is free to use if you fly over the UK but requires a subscription ($15 USD/yr) for other parts of the world. http://www.fsopen.co.uk/software/openclouds/

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    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes,I too have open clouds when flying around UK although I do not use it worlwide having not paid any subscription.For freeware for UK it is very good.

    No,I am just wondering whether or not there is anything out there that is of real quality with up to date accurate weather which is better than what I already have.

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    I've got to say REX + Overdrive is pretty impressive.
    On top of that they are coming out with a new version soon (not an upgrade) that promises to be even more impressive. Their website says owners of the current version will get the new version for free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratfordman View Post
    I currently have REX 2 installed but I am wondering whether or not there is any better weather addon that not only displays better cloud quality but also more accurate real time weather.

    I realsise that this is obviously a personal area but I would really welcome your comments and thoughts.
    I've been a long-time fan of the weather products from HiFi Technologies (formerly HiFi Sim). Their latest product is ActiveSky 2012 which includes flight planning and graphics.
    I've dumped REX (never a big fan anyway) as, IMO, AS2012 has superior graphics and far better weather depiction.
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    There's also the freeware FSrealWX lite http://www.hanse-coders.net/index.php?page=self&id=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by kagazi View Post
    There's also the freeware FSrealWX lite http://www.hanse-coders.net/index.php?page=self&id=1
    FSrealWX is really great, it's the best freeware weather program!

    I use it with FEX Clouds.

    For the latest version:

    http://www.hanse-coders.net/index.ph...6091958&dkid=2

    and you will find the manual in the forum.

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    +1 for FSrealWX excellent support as well.
    And frequent updates.

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    Many thanks for your help.

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    For those considering RexSkyforce3D for their copy of FSX, the weather visualization is absolutely spectacular, however, a big problem that they are working on right now is the tremendous inaccuracy of the flight envelope effect on jets. If you're flying a prop in the lower altitudes it's probably not an issue, but up high there is a huge problem. The OAT at the upper flight levels is way off even from what their own wx generation engine says it should be. For example, when the OAT (outside air temp) under the usual flying conditions is around -20C at FL340, when flying using the RexSkyforce weather engine, the OAT is around 25 to 30C; a full 50 to 60 degree increase in temperature. Most jet users who are posting on their website are showing phenomenal jet engine performance (double the usual FPM climb ability- in my case with the DC-8-71 a normal climb rate at FL300 of 1500 fpm is now a wopping 6,000 fpm... all the way up to 300,000 feet!) but a huge jump in fuel usage. Also, the airspeed and groundspeeds are way off, sometimes at high altitudes by as much as 200 mph slower using the Rex weather engine.

    My guess is that the density altitude and temperature that the weather generation part of the program is passing on to FSX are in error. There is no loss in engine performance all the way up to 300,000 feet. They are aware of the problem and are talking about a hotfix to correct the problem but my suggestion is to wait until that problem is corrected before you download it.

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