Avoid Icing this Spring

April showers bring May flowers, but is there freezing rain at altitude?

This spring remember that METARs and TAFs for freezing rain or freezing drizzle are only for conditions at the surface. While there may be no reported hazards on the ramp, there may be dangerous conditions aloft, even only a few hundred feet aloft.

During preflight, make sure you know what to expect in flight using G-AIRMETS or the Lowest Freezing Level forecast from powered by SiriusXM Aviation.

Once in the airplane, what weather products do you reference the most? If you need a refresher on how to use your Garmin avionics with SiriusXM weather to avoid icing, convective activity, and turbulence before your next flight, check out this training series at Click here to join the conversation.

Whichever weather products you use in flight, it’s always smart to have backup. SiriusXM and ADS-B allow you to have that needed redundancy for weather. Not sure what the differences are between ADS-B and SiriusXM? Watch the ASI video or fly this infographic to learn more about SiriusXM and ADS-B to decide which service is the best one for your primary use.

What helped you most when you were deciding which inflight weather service(s) to rely on? Click here to join the conversation.

If you’re looking to add SiriusXM Aviation to your flight bag, check out the Garmin GDL 52 portable SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver. The receiver works with Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight and includes a $200 mail-in rebate and 3-month trial of SiriusXM Aviation Weather. Learn More

SiriusXM offers exclusive features including:

  • Coast-to-Coast Composite Radar updating every 2.5 minutes
  • Cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning updating every 2.5 minutes
  • Storm cell and echo top information
  • No altitude limitations or line-of-sight restrictions

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SiriusXM offers 2-month trials of their aviation weather and entertainment. Call 877-888-6991 to activate your trial or visit to learn more.

Topics: ADS-B, Weather, Situational Awareness

SiriusXM Aviation

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