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Old 10th Aug 2013, 06:51   #1 (permalink)
 
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Is Cockpit Weather for Light aircraft available in OZ ?

Hi guys , does anyone know of any portable GPS /XM type unit that allows weather information to be displayed in the flight deck for Australia. Something like the Garmin units they have for in USA that are using XM weather /NEXRAD Aviation | XM WX Satellite Weather | SiriusXM but for Oz ?
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 09:20   #2 (permalink)
 
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In short, NO!
Nor is it likely to ever be, airlines have no interest, therefor the bureaucracy has no interest, and the likelihood of a commercial service provider is zilch.
Tootle pip!!
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 09:56   #3 (permalink)
 
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Yup, you just look out the window!

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Old 10th Aug 2013, 10:20   #4 (permalink)
 
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Oz Runways

Oz Runways is trying as best they can and you can BOM radar but that's about
it

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Weather to Fly

You have always been able to get area and location weather briefing in OzRunways as well as quickly pull up the BOM rain radar. In 3.0 we introduce SIGMETs displayed on top of the PCA. Just turn on this feature and select the PCA to see where significant weather events are occurring.

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Old 10th Aug 2013, 10:27   #5 (permalink)
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Ummm - maybe

The last time I looked at this there was a solution.

Using an Avidyne MLX770 Avidyne MLX770 Two-Way Datalink Receiver

and a subscription from WSI then satellite weather was essentially available in Australia.

However, I can no longer find any reference on the WSI website to providing the data over satelite so it may no longer be available.
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 11:36   #6 (permalink)
 
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JTMAX, that's funny

You can park your car at any major airport for a modest sum, shop to your hearts content & rest easy, content that the worlds best security will keep you safe

Weather in GA cockpits..............crickets sounding............
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 11:45   #7 (permalink)
 
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I just hate to burst your bubble but inflight weather is available to the select few sensible enough to fly Vintage Austers.

what you do is slide the side window back and crack on some slip.
you get lots of it, accurately and in real time.

...AND no batteries needed.
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 13:48   #8 (permalink)
 
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Have a look at fore flight I used it on the us and makes oz runways look cheap
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 21:41   #9 (permalink)
 
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Garmin Weather

Not "portable", but I read there is a Garmin weather subscription available for those lucky enough to have G500/600 with the satellite receiver.. https://fly.garmin.com/fly-garmin/gfds-weather/

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Not sure how much it costs.. probably $$$
Edit: If i'd bothered to read the page, it has the subscription costs towards the bottom at the side.


I use an app called "Rain?" on my iPad to get the BOM weather radars.

Last edited by duncan_g; 10th Aug 2013 at 21:46. Reason: Service costs
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Old 11th Aug 2013, 00:30   #10 (permalink)
 
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3G EDGE altitude ?

Thanks guys , up to what kid of altitudes are you guys getting reliable 3G or EDGE data connection on your IPADS to allow weather APPS or OZ runways to work and display weather data?
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Old 12th Aug 2013, 03:12   #11 (permalink)
 
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Testra have the best mobile coverage for GA in Australia.

Recently flew YMMB to Bankstown and had 3g/4g coverage all the way. Meant you could get weather from NAIPS and radar images from 128 km Melbourne Radar Loop all the way.

Cheap and cheerful and works pretty well.

I use an iPhone 5 with Ozrunways and find it's great.
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Old 12th Aug 2013, 07:34   #12 (permalink)
 
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Altitude

Thanks Peter , what altitude were you at ?
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Old 12th Aug 2013, 08:11   #13 (permalink)
 
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Maybe 500 ft following the Hume?
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Old 12th Aug 2013, 08:16   #14 (permalink)
 
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VFR flight between 4-9 thousand feet.

Handy being able to get TAFs etc from Airservices in the air, look at radar images and update flight plans.

There are several great iPhone apps for aviation, the tough part is deciding what to get. OzRunways, Avplan and Airnav Pro are all good choices.
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Old 12th Aug 2013, 08:44   #15 (permalink)
 
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I had iPad 3G coverage at about 4500 near Arkaroola/Leigh Creek.
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Old 12th Aug 2013, 11:07   #16 (permalink)
 
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Thanks guys , up to what kid of altitudes are you guys getting reliable 3G or EDGE data connection
I've had it working at 20,000 ft. Telstra 3G/4G. Don't cheap out with Optus/Voda. This is one thing worth spending the money on.

1nm = 6000 ft.

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Old 18th Sep 2013, 08:35   #17 (permalink)
 
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Hi everyone,

AvPlan provides you with live weather radar overlays and lightning strike overlays on its maps. You just need that 3G / LTE connection described above.


Live Lightning:



As found here: AvPlan EFB - CASA Approved

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