Avionics Report

January 2015 Issue

SiriusXM SXAR-1: Broadcast WX For iPad

SiriusXMís satellite weather receiver brings wireless Broadcast weather to the iPad, but its interface is limited to WSIís Pilotbrief app.

Responding to blistering competition from a handful of free ADS-B weather apps and receivers, SiriusXM is out with the new $699 SXAR-1 portable Broadcast weather and entertainment receiver. The receiver wirelessly streams WSI weather data directly to the iPad, eliminating the need for a panel display or portable GPS. As tablet computers replace portable GPS systems, SiriusXM faces a hardware problem. Garminís market-saturated GXM-series puck-style XM weather receivers will only work with Garmin portables, plus the majority of them wonít receive new weather packages and lower subscription costs. Thatís not sitting well with some subscribers.

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