Availability of weather info in the cockpit should be a must.
It is a pitty that European goverments have a commercial approach to this instead of the safety approach that the US government has.
The US government publishes weather info for FREE to companies like XM Sattellite weather that distribute it to airplane cockpits.
I recently had a long conversation with a top executive at XM. I asked him whether they would be offering cockpit weather info for Europe, and my conclusion was that it does not make business sense to them due to the prices that european weather agencies charge for the info.
Recently, Avidyne has started selling cockpit weather (through its new MLX770) via the Iridium Satellite Network to those having Avidyne’s Entegra and EX500/EX5000-series multi-function displays.
I heard that there is quite a delay from the moment information is published to the moment it is available in the cockpit. To some, that would render the information obsolete. But… How true is that?
I would like to know, first hand, if that is the case.
So far, though, I have not had the chance to fly an airplane featuring such a solution. Have you?
If so, please comment so all of us have a better opinion about this system.