ForeFlight and SiriusXM have unveiled the SXAR1, a portable satellite data receiver that enables display of SiriusXM Aviation weather information inflight on the ForeFlight Mobile app.
Pilots using the latest Verison 8.1 of the ForeFlight app with the SXAR1 portable receiver can access SiriusXM’s aviation weather tools, including Nexrad storm imagery, lightning strikes, high-resolution composite radar plus high-resolution base reflectivity radar and more.
The portable unit is an alternative to ADS-B In avionics that provide inflight access to free weather from the FAA, which currently offers fewer features than SiriusXM’s subscription service.
“We are pleased to add SiriusXM Aviation weather service to our ForeFlight Connect platform,” said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “Our customers are eager for a SiriusXM weather option. This integration delivers a high-quality, affordable and portable SiriusXM weather solution with a subscription package tailored exclusively for ForeFlight.”
The rechargeable SXAR1 portable receiver connects via Bluetooth to an Apple iPad or iPhone to wirelessly deliver SiriusXM Aviation Weather to the ForeFlight Mobile app.
The SXAR1 portable receiver is available now at Sporty’s Pilot Shop and through siriusxm.com. The price for the unit through Sporty’s is $499, but SiriusXM is currently offering a $200 savings to pilots who buy the SXAR1 and activate the ForeFlight subscription package. The subscription price to SiriusXM aviation weather for SXAR1 users is $40 per month.