What Would You Do? Avoiding the Unexpected in Flight

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When it comes to avoiding the unexpected, the key is to seeing potential problems before they arise. That means not only interpreting what’s out your window, but also having the tools to see hundreds of miles in advance to allow you to make strategic decisions early.

Read through the unexpected scenarios that arise below, think through your options, then click the links to join the conversation.

Scenario #No. 1: Avoiding Hazardous Weather

You’re about an hour from your destination and there’s an area of yellow precipitation depicted on your route of flight. Is this rain, or possibly an area of convection? How can you find out from a distance?

Arguably the most important tool at your disposal is SiriusXM’s Storm Cell Attributes. Not only can you see areas and types of precipitation along your intended route of flight, you can see telling features like echo tops, direction of movement, and speed of movement. Most importantly, SiriusXM includes Cloud-to-Cloud lighting which is common in the initial phase of developing thunderstorms allowing you to determine whether the radar is depicting rain, or convective activity.

What does this mean for you? Think through your options, then click here to join the conversation.

  Scenario #No. 2: Destination Weather

You’re on a long cross-country and keeping an eye on the weather at your destination. You see some unexpected weather in and around the airport. But you’re too far away to get ADS-B METARS to load. What are some in-flight ways to check METARS at your destination and your alternate?

Every SiriusXM Aviation Weather product, including METARs, TAFs, AIRMET/SIGMETs, and PIREPs, are available across the country from takeoff to landing.

If you are flying with SiriusXM Aviation Weather you can receive important weather information whenever you want it. If you are flying with ADS-B you will need to wait until you’re at the right altitude and distance to request weather information like METARs for your destination or alternate airports.

What does this mean for you? Think through your options, then click here to join the conversation.

Scenario #No. 3: Loss of Signal

Planning a trip to the mountains this fall? What weather information would you have if you suddenly lost your ADS-B signal because of a limitation from its ground based network?

SiriusXM Aviation Weather is a satellite-delivered service with no line-of-sight restrictions. It is reliable at any altitude regardless of terrain.

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