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 Aviation Weather Center Media Release…New Aviation Weather Site

Technical Implementation Notice 14-07
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

750 AM EST Mon Feb 3 2014

TO: Subscribers: Family of Services
-NOAA Weather Wire Service
-Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
-NOAAPort
Other NWS Partners and Employees

FROM:      Cyndie Abelman
Chief, Aviation Services Branch

SUBJECT:   www.AviationWeather.gov Design Refresh

Effective Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Aviation Weather Center will implement newly designed webpages to the www.aviationweather.gov and
www.aviationweather.gov/adds These design improvements will affect the look and feel of the website, but will not change the content. Users can examine the changes before March 25, 2014 at new.aviationweather.gov/ and new.aviationweather.gov/adds

ForeFlight iOS vs Garmin Pilot Android

Background…
Was on a recent flight to Oshkosh for the airshow and I had my trusty Google Nexus7 tablet with the Garmin Pilot app. My friend had his ever faithful iPad with the ForeFlight app. The iPad was WiFi only, so needed an external GPS for moving map and ADS-B device for weather etc. The GPS/ADS-B was the Stratus One. My android tablet was WiFi plus 3/4G cellular and it’s own built-in GPS, so I was able to load up all the latest information during taxi. I believe even WiFi only androids typically have a built in  GPS. Why is this important? The moving map displays require active GPS information. The ADS-B device gave the added traffic information to the iPad which I did not have on my Android tablet.

Garmin Pilot Android Review

Everyone talks about the iPad and iPad mini for the aviation apps for navigation and I decided to see what would be comparable on the android platform. I purchased a Nexus 7 tablet and decided that the best app for android to compete with the WingX Pro or Foreflight apps for iPads would be the Garmin Pilot. I have tested and used the WingX for android, but it really is mostly a weather app with some airport charts and a couple aviation functions that is nothing like the maps, etc for the iPad platform. To compare the iPad mini and Nexus 7, here is some basic information:

New FlyQ

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AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association)  has just introduced the new FlyQ Pocket for your Apple or Android smartphone. It’s a free app for AOPA members (if you aren’t a member and you fly, you really should look into all their member benefits) and can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. I have put it on my Razr Maxx and find that it has a lot of good information when you don’t have your tablet handy. A very nice member benefit.
Some of the key features of FlyQ are:

  • Uses Geo-Location to Display Nearest Airports and Weather FlyQ Pocket
  • AOPA Airports Directory Provides Essential Airport Information at a Glance

COMPARISON ADS-B

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Every time you look at anything flying, you are seeing ads for the ADS-B receivers for your tablets and/or phones.

Just what is all this ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) stuff anyway?

This is an informational video aimed at providing GA pilots information about the benefits of ADS-B Broadcast Services.

Here is a comparison of some of the main receivers trying to list some of the differences:

GARMIN GDL 39 DUAL XGPS170 CLARITY DUAL STRATUS
NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, TFRs, NOTAMs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, Winds & Temps Aloft YES YES YES YES
WAAS GPS YES YES YES YES

ADS-B New kid on the Block…

Clarity Ads-B Receivers by Sagetech will begin shipping end of March 2013. These tiny receivers (2.5×2.5×1.24″/5oz) include WAAS GPS, WiFi and Free Inflight NEXRAD Radar, Weather and NOTAM’s etc. (FIS-B) and some ADS-B Out Traffic. Depending on particular unit you can also get full ADS-B Out Traffic and  Synthetic Vision AHRS to enable your 3D Synthetic Vision app. The units are compatible with WingX Pro7, PC Avionics / Mountain Scope, i1000 Flight System, Global Nav Source / iPad EFB, SkyVision Extreme / Xtreme Vision 3D. Sale pricing starting at $699.99  http://sagetechcorp.com/

ADS-B Stratus

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STRATUS ADS-B Stratus

I have a good flying friend that recently purchased the $799.00 Stratus portable ADS-B weather receiver for ForeFlight Mobile. Since he uses his iPad regularly, he naturally figured the Stratus would be an excellent addition and could soon pay for itself by discontinuing some other subscription services. On a first trial flight, IFR from Minneapolis area to Kansas City, the Stratus lost signal from the ground stations a number of times.(*Turns out that the particular unit appears to have a defect as a different unit had no issues on a similar flight.)
So, with a bit of research, there were a few possibilities. First is the Coverage Areas. Not all the U.S. is covered with the ADS-B system and the route appears to have some gaps in coverage.

 

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