I almost passed this story by; glad I didn't. This is great news, and (sorry, XM) it has me considering the purchase of the Sporty's device and the cancellation of the roughly $50/month XM service I pay for on my Garmin handheld. I'd miss the XM radio in flight, but could replace that with music from the iPad. I'd be dollars ahead after 15 months or so.
"Finally, Free Datalink Weather For All" - are you kidding me? Flying Magazine readers deserve more responsible reporting than this. We introduced ADS-B weather on WingX Pro7 exactly one year ago at last year's Sun-n-Fun. Our booth last year was crowded as watched the tornado coming in.
Obviously the headline was not meant to imply that this ADS-B receiver is the only such product available in the market. A number of manufacturers produce ADS-B receivers, and more will in the future. But the addition of ADS-B weather to the ForeFlight Mobile app is an important step toward bringing this capability to an even wider cross section the GA masses. The fact that the Sporty's product has an internal battery that makes this receiver completely wireless -- and that it sells for less than some other ADS-B receivers we've seen -- only reinforces this point.
"Free Datalink Weather for All"...only $799. Isn't this an oxymoron??