October 7, 2007
While consumer and advocacy groups have been making their own noise about the future of satellite radio, AOPA is concerned about what a monopoly might mean for general aviation.
The association let the Federal Communications Commission know how it felt during a comment period on the proposed XM-Sirius merger.
In its written comments, AOPA said that the new company should still provide weather service to pilots, maintain reasonable prices, and allow customers to continue using existing satellite radio receivers.
"It is important to recognize that weather information is only beneficial if it is affordable to pilots," wrote AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Based on the XM filing, which indicates that audio programming content will continue at or below current prices, AOPA would expect the same assurances for the graphical data used in aviation. Lower subscription pricing would serve to improve aviation safety."
Satellite weather allows pilots to have nationwide access to real-time graphical information on the airport or in the air. Safety information about severe thunderstorms, wind speed and direction, temperature, current and forecast conditions for airports, and other climatic indicators is available, in addition to temporary flight restrictions.
Do your homework before you head to AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 in Frederick, Maryland, to ensure you’re safe and legal.
Pilot Barrington Irving used an event at Ronald Reagan National Airport Sept. 23 to launch his Flying Classroom project, created to offer interactive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to children around the world.
What a pilot gleans from a PAPI’s white and red lights depends on other design features of the approach, reviewed and noted during preflight planning.
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