Pilots who operate ADS-B-equipped aircraft in any of seven U.S. terminal airspace regions can now take advantage of free air traffic advisories and weather information. The areas include Fairbanks (FAI) in Alaska; Lansing (LAN) in Michigan; Moses Lake (MWH), Pasco (PSC) and Yakima (YKM) in Washington state; as well as Waterloo (ALO) in Iowa; and Youngstown (YNG) in Ohio.
Baron Services, the company that provides XM WX services, introduced an iPad Mobile Link plug-in gadget (introductory price $199.99) that lets compatible iPad apps display XM WX while airborne. Shipments start next month. The company hasn’t revealed subscription prices for XM WX via Mobile Link, but did say that Nexrad radar, satellite imagery, Metar, Taf, TFR, winds aloft, Airmet and Sigmet weather data will be available.
Pilots who like the XM satellite weather products WxWorx delivers to cockpit displays might like to access the same weather products on their office or portable computers. WxWorx has released the new WxWorx Online QuikLink subscription service so pilots can do just that. Like the airborne products, the QuikLink online service comes in three sizes and monthly fees, Wings ($14.99), Wings Plus ($24.99) and Wings Elite ($49.99).
Garmin late last year released a new line of compact handheld GPS units, the aera 500 through 560 series. The four new aera units are priced from $875 to $2,199 and key differences between these and the older but still available 196 through 496 series is inclusion of Garmin’s City Navigator NT street mapping system (almost the same as Garmin’s nüvi automotive GPS units) and a touchscreen display.
WSI has rolled out the Fusion 2.2 version of its online software service, which provides worldwide information on changing flight, airport and airspace conditions. The company reported that Version 2.2 offers expanded international tracking of lightning information, satellite-derived tropical “pseudo-radar” imagery of convective activity and projected aircraft positioning.
The crew of the Colgan Air Q400 that crashed outside Buffalo on February 12 observed “significant” ice accretion on the aircraft’s windows and wings before the eventual upset that killed all 49 on board and one person on the ground, according to the NTSB’s lead investigator for the accident, Steven Chealander.
Wreckage crews have recovered both Pratt & Whitney PW150 engines of the Colgan Air Q400 that crashed outside Buffalo last Thursday, and preliminary inspection shows a condition “consistent with high-powered flight” when the airplane hit the ground, according to NTSB member Steven Chealander.
Just in time for the Oshkosh airshow last month, WSI announced FAA manufacturing approval for the company’s InFlight weather briefing system. With an equipment price of just under $5,000, the InFlight AV200’s remote receiver and antenna can display weather information on a variety of general aviation MFDs, including graphic and text TAF/Metars, EchoTops storm tracking, NowRad radar images and airmets and sigmets.
WSI has put the finishing touches on a new interactive map section for its Pilotbrief Online weather service that offers an array of content features and filters that users could very well start to find addicting after only a few visits to the site.
Rockwell Collins has selected WSI InFlight to provide up-to-date weather briefings to aircraft equipped with Collins Pro Line 21 flight-deck displays. WSI Corp.’s InFlight system uses satellite technology to continuously broadcast accurate, up-to-date weather and near-term forecasts to any aircraft equipped with WSI’s special-purpose antenna and receiver.
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