New Aviator Pro Data Package Introduces Brand New Services for Increased Situational Awareness in the Cockpit
July 27, 2008

XM Satellite Radio today announced Aviator Pro, XM WX Satellite Weather’s latest real-time weather data package. The comprehensive data package introduces brand new valuable weather data services for all pilots, especially those in the business and commercial aviation industries. Aviator Pro will be available for the first time at AirVenture 2008, July 28–August 3, Oshkosh, Wis.


“I am proud to offer this expanded data package, which introduces new products to the aviation community,” said Roderick Mackenzie, vice president, advanced applications for XM Satellite Radio. “This increased weather data will significantly improve pilots’ situational awareness in-flight, especially at higher altitudes.”

In addition to the air reports (AIREPS), pilot reports (PIREPS) and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Aviation Weather Watch products just announced for the Aviator package, the Aviator Pro package includes the following brand new vital weather data:


The turbulence data product identifies the potential for erratic movement of high-altitude air mass associated winds. Turbulence is classified as light, moderate or severe at altitudes between 21,000 and 45,000 feet in 3,000 ft. increments.

Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day One Convective Outlook

The Day 1 Convective Outlook provides a text synopsis of severe thunderstorm threats across the continental United States. The product classifies threat levels as slight, moderate or high.

Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Mesoscale Discussion

The SPC Mesoscale Discussion provides an aerial text discussion of the current severe weather threat (situation dependent). The product provides lead time on severe weather development before a watch is issued. SPC Mesoscale Discussions are occasionally issued for heavy rain or convective trends.

Icing Current Icing Product (CIP)

The Current Icing Product (CIP) identifies the current icing environment by altitude from 1,000 – 30,000 feet in 3,000 ft. increments. The product is classified by percentage of probability.

Icing Supercooled Large Droplets (SLD)

SLD icing conditions indicate the presence of relatively large, supercooled water droplets indicative of freezing drizzle and freezing rain aloft at altitudes from 1,000 – 30,000 feet in 3,000 ft. increments. The product is classified by percentage of probability or one of five levels of severity: none, trace, light, moderate or heavy.


When the estimated visibility drops below ten nautical miles, the product identifies areas of less than ideal visibility in one nautical mile increments.

Hurricane Tracks

Issued by the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane track forecast includes the hurricane’s location, strength, and associated wind speed and direction, incrementally forecast out through five days.

Available for the first time at EAA AirVenture 2008, the Aviator Pro data package is being offered at an affordable rate of just $99.99 per month. An additional XM Satellite Radio subscription is required to enjoy XM music programming.

In order to receive and display the XM WX data, pilots must have a subscription to the XM WX service, as well as an XM WX capable receiver, antenna and screen display. The XM WX Satellite Weather system was designed to be flexible, allowing pilots the option of a wide range of hardware solutions including glass cockpits, Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) or portable devices, such as laptop PCs and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs).

Aviator Pro will be on display at booth 3030-3032 during EAA AirVenture 2008. For more information on XM WX Satellite Weather, please visit

About XM WX Satellite Weather

XM WX Satellite Weather is a comprehensive graphical weather data service offered by XM Satellite Radio and WxWorx Inc., an affiliate of Baron Services (the nation's leading provider of analytical weather services to the TV broadcast and emergency management industries). XM WX sets the new standard for provision of much-needed weather information to mobile markets, with a comprehensive offering of weather products presenting precipitation, wind, lightning, visibility, sea conditions, hazardous weather data and more to the aviation, marine and emergency response markets. The combination of more detailed and comprehensive weather data, continuous satellite delivery and exceptional coverage anywhere within the continental United States and neighboring waters is simply unmatched. For additional information about XM WX, visit