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What is Sky Force 3D?

Sky Force 3D is a complete overhaul of the weather and environmental experience while bringing dimension to FSX, FSX Steam, and Prepar3D v1, 2, 3 and 4. This is accomplished through a single platform by:

  • Redoing the 3D cloud model structure and SDK and patterning it after real-world cloud classifications with their own specifications, positions and heights.
  • Developing real-world cloud model system icluding (but not limited to) cloud streets, super cells, wall clouds, funnel, shelf, rain shaft and tornado's.
  • Integrating an intelligent weather engine that harnesses over 70,000 points of weather data globally. The weather engine reads and interprets live model data to sample the atmosphere and therefore will sync the appropriate clouds structures, allowing for more accuracy.
  • Incorporating synchronization technology which dynamically syncs 3D cloud model structures in real-time during flight.  
  • Increasing frame rates by eliminating unnecessary cloud sprites for all cloud types.
  • Restructuring the cloud SDK for true formation realism. No more upside down clouds in bizarre and unrealistic positions, or cloud bases that are presented with repeating patterns.
  • Elevating the visual experience through our new natural, photo-based environment texture technology while exploiting the power of PTA integration.
  • Developing single-session cloud texture variation, allowing more variety during a flight session, increasing the overall realism. 
  • ...and much, MUCH more! Read on.

After nearly 3 years in development, we have successfully created superior cloud and weather formations.

The simulator will now be able to display soft and more robust detailed clouds structured together within the SAME session for unsurpassed realism. In addition, we have developed close to 3,000 new cloud model structures and cloud types, nearly 20GB of natural photo-based environmental textures as well as hi-definition atmospheric sound effects. 

Sky Force 3D also simulates real-world cloud classification; from uniform clouds to full and complete mature stage cloud structures... all while being able to be synced in real-time in sim!

Even with costly similar aftermarket products installed, weather systems severely lack due to the constraints of the simulator SDK. SKY FORCE 3D BREAKS THIS BARRIER!

WHAT IS LACKING IN P3D, FSX AND FSX STEAM?

The current cloud model system within the simulator, misrepresents appropriate real-world cloud classification cloud thickness and formations. In most cases the randomly created cloud sprites that are injected will cause a severe frame rate hit especially with more dense cloud cover. Because of this we notice upside down clouds in bizarre and unrealistic positions, cloud bases that are presented with repeating patterns and no true volumetric feel, all of which affect the overall realism in flight. 

THE FIX!

REX Sky Force 3D corrects these problems (and more) and even increases the frame rates by eliminating unnecessary cloud sprites for all cloud types. The 3D Cloud structures are now correctly and accurately displayed, and detailed clouds will NEVER be represented upside down. In addition, we have added NEW cloud types to the SDK, including; altocumulus, stratocumulus, humilis, mediocris, congestus, tower cumulus, cumulonimbus calvus, supercell and rainshaft, tornado, stratus, nimbostratus, altostratus and cirrus class.

ADVANCED WEATHER STRUCTURES!

True Cloud Structures and Formation Realism

Development stratagies based on real-world cloud classification!

Each of the 3000+ 3D cloud model structures were developed in comparison to their real-world counterpart, with their own specifications, positions and heights. Now you can even experience cloud streets with specific cloud types, super cells, wall clouds, funnel, shelf, rain shaft and tornado's!

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INTELLIGENT 
WEATHER ENGINE
In-Sim Weather Synchronization.

Incorporated within Sky Force 3D is our new real-time intelligent weather engine with the ability to automatically sync the new 3D cloud model structures in real-time. This synchronization process takes place dynamically within the simulator to match current meteorological conditions at your location during flight.

No Fuss

Sky Force examines the metar report and syncs the newly formulated weather structures (3D cloud models) to match the upcoming weather for the current location while in-sim. Thus, cloud models actually match the weather conditions. The correct type of cumulus, stratus, nimbo-stratus, or cumulonimbus clouds will be selected based upon true real-time weather conditions.

Dedicated Servers

With our EDGE weather servers, real-time weather data is downloaded 6x per hour for the most up to the minute data. For example, if a metar reports storms with light rain, then the correct cloud models will be sync'd during your flight at the appropriate location. If a metar reports a tornado or funnel, the system will automatically sync the proper cloud models to represent a tornado on the ground, and so on.

Change is Good!

The cloud structures themselves also change automatically. Sky Force looks at metar data as well as real-time mesoanalysis data to determine CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy) and Lifted Indexes to determine how unstable an atmosphere is. As the atmosphere becomes more unstable, Sky Force 3D will automatically sync the proper cloud models, determining whether a thunderstorm should be 25,000 or 70,000 feet.

SUB CLOUD TYPES WITHIN SEVERE WEATHER CLOUD CATEGORIES

REX Sky Force 3D has the ability to display sub cloud types from existing cloud types. For example, supercell clouds can contain high or low precipitation, thus making the supercell large or standard. These processes are applicable for all severe weather cloud types within the simulator.

True Cloud Thickness and Formation Realism

Currently in the sim, even with similar after market products installed, it's not uncommon to notice upside down clouds in bizarre and unrealistic positions, cloud bases that are presented with repeating patterns and no true volumetric feel, in-appropriate texture types, all of which affect the overall realism in flight.

REX SKY FORCE 3D CORRECTS THESE PROBLEMS (and more)

We even increased frame rates by eliminating unnecessary cloud sprites cutting down on GPU usage. The 3D Cloud structures are now correctly and accurately displayed, and detailed clouds will NEVER be represented upside down. 

REALISTICALLY RENDERED
THUNDERSTORMS TO FEAR

We have also created the ominous cumulonimbus (thunderstorm) 3D cloud model system and representation as well as supporting textures. By examining real world weather conditions, we introduced the most feared of pilots and man - the super cell.

70K FT. STRUCTURES!

Our new cloud system models storm structures reaching 70,000 feet. We also modeled the base of our storm clouds and added rain shafts to calvus and incus cumulonimbus clouds of various intensities, adding to the realism. Also included are wall and shelf clouds, and in some circumstances these will include funnel clouds and tornadoes of various shapes and sizes.

NO FUSS

Sky Force examines the metar report and syncs the newly formulated weather structures (3D cloud models) to match the upcoming weather for the current location while in-sim. Thus, cloud models actually match the weather conditions. The correct type of cumulus, stratus, nimbo-stratus, or cumulonimbus clouds will be selected based upon true real-time weather conditions.

Single Session Cloud 
Texture Variation.

Before Sky Force 3D, the simulator was limited to 8 textures linked to 3D cloud structures and representation. We have now quadrupled that amount to 32! This allows more variety during a flight session, increasing the overall realism. Cloud representation automatically updates without user interaction, making the flying experience more realistic and enjoyable.

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Sky Force 3D has been developed with compatibility in mind. Other weather and texture products will benefit greatly from our weather & environment framework.

In other words, you may still use your favorite textures or weather engine from other packages, Sky Force 3D's framework will simply make them better!

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Realistic Gap-Free Overcast with Consistent Flyable Frames Per Second.

Current weather engines on the market are forced to synthesize multiple overcast layers to try and mask holes present within their flawed overcast model system. In most cases these ‘workarounds’ destroy FPS in dense cloud cover. Full overcast in our new modeling system has been achieved. No gaps are noticeable in full overcast conditions at any level.

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Natural photo-based environments!

Photo-Based Global Environment Texture Engine.

Nearly 20GB of NEW photo-based, natural environment textures packed in a 4.6GB download! Fully DX9, DX10 and DX11 compliant. Tailored to low AND high-end systems. Complete cloud weather systems, natural sky environments authored from photographs captured worldwide, cinematic sun and atmospheric special effects, moon phases, lightning/thunderstorm special effects and environment sounds. Textures ranging from standard resolution to high-definition choices. Your choice!

VBlend - Vaporous Skies

New techniques create a smoother, realistic and natural sky color blending at dawn and dusk as well as newly improved visibility and fog. With VBlend and Vaporous Skies, we have achieved more realistic horizontal and vertical day, dawn and dusk fog generation and sky visibility blending.

Sun & Atmospherics

The sun atmospheric rendering effects are extremely cinematic and will be noticeable through the virtual cockpit, creating even more realism. Sun atmospheric rendering coupled with HDR elements included for use in Prepar3D.

Sky Textures

Also included is our powerful 10-day cycle sky textures category. When the Sky Force 3D 10-Day Cycle is installed, the simulator will dynamically load a different sky color transition from sunrise through sunset each day!

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Default Prepar3D with REX Sky Force and ORBX Global and Vector. No shader enhancements installed. 

Elevating the Visual Experience.

We have elevated the visual experience through our new natural, photo-based environment texture technology while exploiting the power of PTA integration!

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