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Youíve probably heard that the FAA, through its datalink weather service and support contractor Harris Corporation, is adding new weather products to the subscription-free FIS-B ADS-B data thatís broadcast to UAT/978 MHz ADS-B receivers. Since the rollout was scheduled for June 2018, like others I cranked up my portable ADS-B receiver and tablet app, but didnít see the new lightning, turbulence, icing, cloud tops, G-AIRMETs and center weather advisories that are part of the new ADS-B In data. Without sampling the new weather products yet≠óincluding the planned new radar data that will replace the current Nexradóitís not fair to say the second-gen FIS-B stream will be a SiriusXM subscription killer, but based on the lineup of expected data itís quite possible. Turns out implementing the new weather products isnít as easy as I thought it might be, but it will likely be worth the wait.

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