FIS-B Weather Services Increase to 22

Access No Cost Weather with Datalink ADS-B In

Thanks to ADS-B In Receivers, pilots can improve their situational awareness with up to 22 free sources of weather information.

Flight Information System Broadcast (FIS-B) allows pilots operating with a 978 MHz universal access transceiver (UAT) to access weather services, free of charge. FIS-B relays current local and national weather and aeronautical information directly to the cockpit. Using the system, pilots can view traffic from the Datalink ADS-B products wirelessly to their iPads using ForeFlight, WingX, Jeppesen, and other popular apps.

This information helps pilots plan more efficient and safe flight paths. These services are available to UAT In equipped aircraft within ADS-B coverage regions.

FIS-B information provides aircraft with improved safety and increased situational awareness. Previously, pilots relied on paid subscriptions to weather applications or on outdated weather reports from the ground, which is not ideal for forecasting and navigating fast-moving weather patterns. With free access to inflight FIS-B information, pilots can now capture a complete picture of the weather forecast and plan their flight paths accordingly.

FIS-B systems are enabled by ADS-B technology, which is a key component of NextGen. Today, NextGen solutions are not only being integrated across US airspace, but they are also supporting a global movement to make air traffic safer and more efficient. These avionics deliver access to modernized air traffic management systems designed to improve fuel consumption and provide increased pilot situational awareness.

FreeFlight Systems engineered its Datalink ADS-B In Receiver as a modernized NextGen solution to display a broad range of information to an aircraft’s avionics, including FIS-B weather applications.

Free FAA Weather Services

Here is a look at the list of weather applications that can be enabled for free across most of the US through our latest receiver:

Product Description Look Ahead Range
AIRMET Airmen’s Meteorological Information: A weather advisory issued by a meteorological watch office for aircraft that is potentially hazardous to low-level aircraft /aircraft with limited capability. AIRMETs cover less severe weather than SIGMETs: moderate turbulence & icing, surface winds of 30 knots, or widespread restricted visibility. The AIRMET product is being phased out in favor of Graphical AIRMETs. 250 to 500 NM
Center Weather Advisory (CWA) Information on conditions that meet or are approaching not previously forecast airmet, sigmet, or convective sigmet criteria, including moderate or greater icing; moderate or greater turbulence; heavy or freezing precipitation; conditions at or approaching low IFR; surface winds or gusts greater than 30 knots; low-level wind shear (2,000ft AGL and below); and volcanic ash, dust storms, or sandstorms. 250 to 500 NM
Cloud Tops* Forecast altitude of cloud tops will be received from the National Weather Service’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model. 150 to 250 NM
Convective SIGMET Convective Significant Meteorological Information: Issued for an area of thunderstorms affecting an area of 3,000 square miles or greater, a line of thunderstorms at least 60 nm long, and/or severe or embedded thunderstorms affecting any area that are expected to last 30 minutes or longer. 250 to 500 NM
Graphical AIRMET A graphical depiction of meteorological weather information for conditions that may be hazardous to aircraft. These are typically issued by the Aviation Weather Center at 0245, 0845, 1445, and 2045 UTC. This product is planned to replace the AIRMET product in the near future. 250 to 500 NM
Icing * Forecast icing probability, icing severity, and anticipated presence of super-cooled large droplets at 12 altitude levels—every 2,000ft, from 2,000ft MSL to 24,000ft MSL. 150 to 250 NM
Lightning * Provides a graphical representation of the observed cloud-to-ground lightning strike density and polarity every five minutes from the U.S. national lightning detection network. 150 to 250 NM
METAR Aviation routine weather report: Contains data for the temperature, dew point, wind speed & direction, precipitation, cloud cover & heights, visibility, and barometric pressure. Reports are typically generated once an hour. 250 to 500 NM
NEXRAD Reflectivity – CONUS Continental United States Next Generation Radar. NEXRAD detects precipitation intensity, winds, and atmospheric movement. This product provides a mosaic map with precipitation intensity and relative movement between updates. Entire CONUS NEXRAD imagery
NEXRAD Reflectivity – Regional A composite picture of available NEXRAD radar imagery in a local area, showing a more detailed and higher resolution image than the CONUS. 150 to 250 NM
NOTAM-D Distant Notice To Airmen: Information requires wide dissemination: en route navigational aids, civil public use landing areas & aeronautical data. 100 NM
NOTAM-FDC Flight Data Center Notice To Airmen: Information that is regulatory: changes to charts, procedures, and airspace usage. NOTAM-FDCs include TFRs, NOTAM-TRAs and NOTAM-TMOAs. NOTAMS also include Special Use Airspace (SUA) status information. 100 NM
NOTAM-TFR Temporary Flight Restriction Notice To Airmen: Provided in textual and graphical formats. 100 NM
NOTAM-TRA/TMOA Temporary Restricted Area and Temporary Military Operation Area Notice To Airmen: Provided in textual and graphical formats. 100 NM
PIREP Pilot Reports: A report of actual atmospheric conditions encountered by an aircraft in flight. 250 to 500 NM
SIGMET Significant Meteorological Information: A weather advisory that contains meteorological information concerning the safety of all aircraft: severe or greater turbulence over a 3,000-square-mile area, severe or greater icing over a 3,000-square-mile area, IMC conditions over a 3,000-square-mile area due to dust, sand, or volcanic ash. 250 to 500 NM
SPECI A Special METAR generated if conditions change significantly within the hour. 250 to 500 NM
SUA Status Special Use Airspace status. 100 NM
TAF / AMEND Terminal Aeronautical Forecast usually covering 9 to 12 hours and issued 4 times per day. TAFs are amended as weather conditions dictate. 250 to 500 NM
TIS-B / ADS-R Service Status Provides periodic status of TIS-B and ADS-R traffic services to ADS-B IN equipped aircraft. All ADS-B airspace
Turbulence* Forecast for maximum intensity of turbulence at 12 altitude levels—every 2,000ft, from 2,000ft MSL to 24,000ft MSL 150-250 NM
Winds & Temperature Aloft Forecasts for specific atmospheric conditions in terms of wind and temperature at specific altitudes measured in feet (ft) above mean sea level (MSL). 500 to 1,000

*Information is not available in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

Increase Situational Awareness with the Datalink ADS-B In Receiver

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