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vider, and you get a broad picture of where not to go . There’s also value in the other products delivered via data-link . Active Avoidance: Tool Options Weather radar is all but nonexistent for the majority of light general aviation aircraft, with only a few exceptions . Data-link and spherics, however, are adapted easily to even the most modest aircraft . WxWorx, XM, WSI, Sirius and WingMan are some of the sources for data-link weather service . Beyond the Nexrad Doppler radar images all of them provide, pilots also value lightning-strike information, winds aloft, freezing levels, cloud levels, precipitation intensities and much more . It’s like plugging into the Flight Service Station weather display, with information updated every few minutes . The FAA promises similar services as part of its ADS-B service through the flight information service-broadcast, or FIS-B . Getting FIS-B requires adding ADS-B In equipment . Going Data-Link: Plenty of Options Among the wonders of modern avionics, data-link services are available through a wide variety of installed and portable solutions, which all share common elements . First, data-link needs a color display on which to view delivered data and images . In this area, pilots enjoy the broadest range of options imaginable, from the entire spectrum of panel-mounted multi-function displays to a host of portable devices . Garmin’s 396, 496 and 696 are weather-data-link capable, as is the company’s Aera line of portables, which includes models capable of displaying satellite weather . Displays as small as Honeywell’s AV8OR, the larger AV8OR Ace and two AV8OR 3D models all can display WX weather . Pretty much any panel-mounted MFD also can display satellite or ground-based, data-link weather . Honeywell’s new KLN 770 all-in-one nav/comm/GPS receiver/MFD also works here, as do Garmin’s GNS 430 and GNS 530 all-in ones and many of Avidyne’s MFDs . Beyond the display solution employed, the pilot needs two other items a dealer or shop can help with: a datalink receiver specific to the delivery-service provider that works with the display of choice; and a subscription to the data-link service — generally priced at about $50 per month . No data-link-using pilot I know would willingly give up his data-link .
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that make them specifically attractive as one of the triumvirate of weather-avoidance technologies . The two other technologies — radar and data-link — provide their own benefits, complementing the spherics device in cockpit functionality . Airborne Radar, Cockpit Data-Link While the spherics device shows the location of air with turbulence strong enough to generate electrical discharges even outside a storm environment, a spherics device is best complemented with at least one other avoidance tool: in-cockpit weather data-link or onboard color weather radar . Research has produced computer algorithms allowing some airborne radar equipment to detect and display the rapid, sometimes violently moving atmospheric bands that produce turbulence — in addition to better depiction of rainfall intensity . Modern Doppler radar adds depth to the capability of onboard color weather radar with color-coding for turbulent conditions that differentiates it from rainfall levels . While today’s color Doppler radar systems vastly improve on the detection of rain and painting the variations in rainfall within a storm, they are limited to seeing out a couple hundred miles . Both radar and lasers have been tested as technologies to detect turbulence in clear conditions, but primarily for transport-category and larger business aircraft, and only within a few miles of the aircraft . Data-link services offer another direction general aviation pilots can take . Like radar and spherics, data-link requires equipment to receive and display the weather products, plus a delivery service subscription . The wealth of information available can greatly improve a pilot’s situational awareness — and do so for the entire Lower 48 states, providing the pilot with a view hundreds of miles out and in all directions . Many pilots consider the data-link option a perfect complement to the onboard spherics device — even when they have access to airborne weather radar . Among the data-link products pilots most covet is an old, familiar friend from TV weather shows: Nexrad, or nextgeneration Doppler radar . The Nexrad weather radar images employed in data-link services show severity of precipitation and turbulent air in the color magenta, thanks to the system’s ability to detect direction and velocity of water in the atmosphere . Couple this information with the instant display of lightning strikes and long-range lightning information from the data-link pro-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012

From the Publisher
Interested in AEA Membership?
AEA Staff/Board of Directors
New Products for 2011
WAAS/GPS
Recreational Radios
Before & After
Avoiding the Bullies
Sound Advice on Headset Choices
Choosing an Airborne Broadband System for Your Business Aircraft
Class Retrofits for Type Certificated Aircraft
ADS-B: Learning the Ins and Outs
Going Glass
Cell Science
So What is Your Customer Really Paying For?
It's the FAA's Fault, Right?
Repair Stations
Manufacturers/Distributors
Affiliates/Index
AEA Member Company Index
Advertisers Index
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012 - WAAS/GPS
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012 - Recreational Radios
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012 - Before & After
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012 - Avoiding the Bullies
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012 - Choosing an Airborne Broadband System for Your Business Aircraft
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012 - It's the FAA's Fault, Right?
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012 - Repair Stations
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