XM Teams with Weather Works To Develop Services for Aviation
XM Satellite Radio and Weather Works, an affiliate of Baron Services, have joined forces to provide Nexrad weather maps, Metars, TAFs and other data through XM’s proprietary satellite system, which also beams 100 channels of digital audio to special receivers, mainly in cars. For $49.99 a month pilots will be able to receive graphical weather maps sent directly to a cockpit display, along with Sigmets, Airmets, storm-cell tracking screens, surface analysis and echo tops. Garmin plans to introduce the service in its new G1000 integrated avionics system, selected by Cessna for the Citation Mustang. Heads Up Technologies, which has been developing an XM audio receiver for business-jet cabins, will offer graphic weather services for cockpit displays and electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers. Weather Works also plans to unveil its own aviation hardware at some point in the future. The data-only weather service will be available on a subscription basis from XM this summer. It uses the same antenna as XM’s satellite radio service.