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What Would You Do? Avoiding the Unexpected in FlightWhat Would You Do? Avoiding the Unexpected in Flight

Life comes at you quickly – especially when you’re in cruise on a long cross-country. One minute it’s clear and a million, the next you’re VFR on top. Pretty soon you’re asking for 30 degrees left to get around those buildups. Before you know it, you’re requesting higher and wondering how you got here. “What could I have done differently?” you ask yourself as you pass 12,000 feet and start your 30-minute timer.

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.

When flying with ADS-B in areas with changing terrain, there may be interruptions in critical weather information needed to make the best weather decisions possible. This is particularly noticeable near mountainous areas or valleys–and you won’t have any warning from the system when the data will be unavailable or when it will resume.

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

Topics: ADSB, Situational Awareness, Weather

SiriusXM Aviation

SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered weather is always available inflight with no altitude limitations or line-of-sight restrictions. Its coast-to-coast, high-resolution radar and weather features update faster than ADS-B making it the best choice for VFR pilots. To receive a two month trial of SiriusXM Aviation Weather and Entertainment or learn more about other SiriusXM offers, please go to aopa.org/siriusxm.