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Aviation Weather: ADS-B is catching up to SiriusXM

Posted by Derrick Dubois on 3/21/19 10:00 AM

As pilots, we need to know what the weather is doing before we take off and once we're in the air. There are copious free weather sources while you're on the ground, but unless you have your own flight dispatch department supporting you from the ground there are really only two options once you're airborne.

By now you're probably aware that SiriusXM is a satellite based system that brings a lot of capabilities to the cockpit but for a price. The alternative is the ADS-B Flight Information System, which has some limitations but that is rapidly catching up in terms of capabilities. 


Our comparison chart gives you an up-to-date comparison of the features and limitations of each solution since there have been a number of recent changes. 

The Comparison


ADSB table-3

Is there anything else that you'd like to know about ADS-B vs SiriusXM weather? Just leave us a comment below.

Want more information about aviation weather? Check out our other posts, How to Find Cloud Tops without PIREPS, and Free Aviation Weather Resources.


Topics: Flight Planning, Aviation Weather