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These 3 Easy Tips Make Inflight Weather a Breeze

May 21, 2009 — Earlier this spring, while on a cross-country flight in his A36 Bonanza, an EAA member had a problem using his XM Satellite Weather service. He had received a detailed weather briefing before departing, but en route to his destination he began to approach a developing weather system. He asked his wife to grab his portable GPS unit from his flight bag so he could get more weather information. When he turned the unit on, he could not receive a signal for the XM Weather service. After landing and calling XM Weather, he learned that he needed to refresh his unit because he hadn’t used it in some time. EAA contacted XM Weather, and they provided the following information about keeping your XM Satellite Weather system active:

By following these 3 easy steps, you can ensure continuous access to the latest weather information.

  1. Ensure that your weather display system and software is up-to-date with the latest firmware and software versions. This one simple step is the key to keeping your system up and running properly.
  2. There is a right and wrong way to power down your receiver. Always power off your display unit before unplugging the receiver. Unplugging the receiver prior to powering down your display unit can cause the system to deactivate and may require a “refresh,” a process that resets the status of your receiver and restores normal data reception. If a refresh is needed, visit www.xmradio.com/refresh/ and follow the 4 easy steps to reactivate your system. (Please review your system’s owner manual for specific operating instructions.)
  3. Always check your weather system’s operation as part of your preflight checklist.
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