Useful Tools

Utilities and programs that Air SeaTac Virtual members have found useful and in some cases essential to aid enjoyment of on-line and off-line flights. Includes freeware, payware and demo's.

Flight Simulator Utility - FS2004 Kneeboard LIVE Metar Decoder

The LIVE Metar decoder is a replacement html file for you FS2004 kneeboard, allowing you to decode METAR reports within flight simulator in real time. Simply enter the ICAO code of the airport to receive the latest weather report. Developed in-house for Air SeaTac Virtual members.


Download FS9 Metar Decoder



Flight Simulator Utility - PLN2RTE

PLN2RTE is a utility for converting FS2002/FS9's flight plan (.pln) into .rte format. The converted .rte format is compatible with PMDG's 737NG FMC. This version fixes a bug for converting native FS9's auto-generated flight plan. Jetways in FS9's flight plans are now also supported. ( Alan WL Chan )


Download PLN2RTE



Voice Communication - TeamSpeak

TeamSpeak is an application which allows its users to talk to each other over the internet and basically was designed to run in the background of online games. The voice quality and bandwidth usage is configurable and can be low for modem users or as good as normal phone calls for better connections.


Teamspeak Homepage



Flight Simulator Utility - FSHost

FSHost is a free multiplayer server for FS2002, FS2004 and FSX.  It provides all the same features as the server built into Flight Simulator itself, but adds a lot of completely new features, and does it a lot better!  :-)


FSHost Homepage



Flight Simulator Utility - FSHostClient

FSHostClient is a free program to connect FSX and Prepar3D to FSHost servers. FS2002 and FS2004 are able to connect to FSHost with their built-in multiplayer systems so users of those versions don't need FSHostClient.


FSHostClient Homepage



Weather - ActiveSky

ActiveSky is a comprehensive weather engine and sky graphics upgrade for MSFS 2004. From high-quality cloud and sky graphics to real-time weather condition transition and depiction, this is a complete and robust system that provides the highest level of realism possible through all facets of weather simulation. ActiveSky is designed, built, tested and maintained by an assortment of real-world pilots, experienced simulator enthusiasts and meteorological experts.


ActiveSky Homepage



Flight Simulator Utility - FSUIPC

FSUIPC is an add-in for Microsoft Flight Simulator which provides an interface for other programs to read and write all sorts of pertinent data relating to the simulation, and in many ways even to control the actual process itself. It is an essential ingredient in many add-on FS programs, and, in fact, may be installed on your system by any one or more of them already.


Pete Dowson's Homepage