Avionics Report

January 2009 Issue

Weather for the World: Avidyne’s WX Series

Thanks to Iridium, pilots outside the U.S. can have weather datalink. For the rest of us, Avidyne’s new WX Series offers backup and two-way text messaging.

While the Big Three begging for bucks in Washington may be construed as another example of American business ineptitude, take heart: We lead the world in at least one edge-of-technology arena—aircraft weather datalink. In fact, datalink is so well-established that you can have it in your car, your boat and your airplane without a second thought. Meanwhile, the rest of the world can only watch in envy so it was just a matter of time before someone stitched together the technology to give the rest of the world datalink and that someone is Avidyne. This fall, the company announced a new product—really a combination of hardware, technology and data—called the Entegra WX Series. For U.S. pilots lolling in the luxury of XM- or Sirius-delivered color NEXRAD, this new service may seem a little five-minutes ago, but aspects of it do offer wider coverage for forays outside of the U.S. and it can backup XM- and Sirius-based sources with yet another satellite system.

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