Satellite data en route

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  1. islandboy

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    Currently, the only way for me to get en route weather data is by flying directly over an island to find a cell signal that may offer an opportunity to capture a glimpse of the regional weather radar, noting that available data roaming services can be very disadvantaged.

    Do any of you have any experience with satellite-based weather data during flight and can advise? I typically operate between about 11 degrees and 20 degrees north in a high-wing plane (bring it on, low-wing guys).
     
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    I assume there is no ADS-B?

    How about XM?
     
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    Correct, no ADS-B and outside of XM coverage.

     
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    I'm not sure if this is retrofittable to your avionics but Cirrus provides the option of Global Connect on the SR22 which includes satellite-based voice and text comm as well fairly global weather (see coverage information in the link below). It is more expensive and less fully featured than XM/ADS-B in the US so it isn't a super popular option on North American Cirri but quite popular in Europe and other OUS markets. Might be worth looking into:
    https://fly.garmin.com/fly-garmin/connext/worldwide-weather/?loggedInThisSession=false
     
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    No radar coverage for my area, by the looks of it.

     
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    This one looks like it moves about the most data, but it also taint cheap. The satellites have an equatorial orbit, which could work in my favor, but I don't know how well the device would see the satellites if perched atop my panel.

     
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    Does XM weather provide reliable coverage in your area provided you have the avionics to slave it to?!
     
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    I can't remember the name now but I seem to remember seeing a youtube clip a month or so back with some manufacturer demonstrating a box that interfaced with your phone and allowed voice and data while in flight without using a cellular network. I think it might have been one of the GA news vlogs reporting from Oshkosh so you might want to browse through those on youtube.
     
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    I think he already answered this but no, XM coverage ends early in the Bahamas chain. After that (further south/east) there is no XM coverage.