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Features January 2014 Issue

XMWX vs. FIS-B Weather

WxWorx through the Sirius XM Satellite service has long dominated datalink weather. Now, the FAA provides free weather as part of ADS-B. How does it compare?

The U.S. pilot population doesn’t have a good track record with weather safety. Inadvertent VFR into IMC was responsible for over half of 2010’s 55 weather-related accidents, of which 83 percent proved fatal. Projections are for that to get worse. Do we just not see the weather coming, causing us to innocently fly where we shouldn’t? …

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