July 31, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
Among the gaggle of new options for subscription-free weather introduced this year at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is FreeFlight’s Xplorer.
Xplorer receives all of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast’s (ADS-B’s) weather signal (called flight information services-broadcast, or FIS-B) and transmits it to the iPad for weather on either FreeFlight’s native application (less than $1) or on WingX, and soon other applications. Xplorer differs from most boxes in that it’s installed in the airplane. This negates the need to worry about power and placement, but of course increases the cost.
FreeFlight is hoping that the security of installation, as well as the upgrade path to ADS-B Out will make it competitive. Since most aircraft will require an ADS-B Out signal by 2020, and that signal is required to see ADS-B In traffic on the iPad, a cheaper upgrade path may be a good option for some owners. How much that upgrade will be is yet to be determined.
Xplorer sells for $585, and will be available starting next month.
Weather and Seasons,
FAA Systems and Airspace
Tickets for the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship series, including two U.S. races, are now on sale.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
Organizers of the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., need to raise $500,000 by Dec. 15 to ensure they can insure the 2014 event.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.