The company that offers weather data transmitted by XM WX Satellite to your aircraft is betting you’ll appreciate similar weather products at home or on your laptop. For $25 a month, $240 for a prepaid one-year contract, your PC (sorry, Apple users) can become a weather briefing station. As an introduction, the service is free to all until June 15. WxWorx, based in Huntsville, Ala., offers a similar product for nautical use.
Products available to pilots in the United States and Canada include current temporary flight restrictions, TAFs, METARs, airmets, sigmets, echo tops, freezing levels, lightning, Nexrad radar and Canadian radar, and storm tracks. In all, there are 22 products available, including city and county forecasts.
Users must first download free software over the Internet ($10 if ordered on a disk) and then activate the subscription. It works on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or a tablet PC operating with a Pentium class processor.