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¶ Can ForeFlight connect to the SiriusXM SXAR1 and Stratus at the same time?
Yes, the SXAR1 and Stratus can be used with ForeFlight at the same time. The SXAR1 provides all of the weather data, while the Stratus provides ADS-B traffic, GPS, pressure altitude, and AHRS pitch and bank data if it is a Stratus 2 or 2S.
¶ How does the weather provided by the SXAR1 compare to the weather provided by Stratus?
In general, the SXAR1 provides more weather products (such as lightning, cloud tops, storm tracks) with greater coverage than Stratus or other ADS-B receivers, while also avoiding issues like coverage gaps and minimum reception altitudes. See this table for a full comparison of weather products.
¶ Can ForeFlight connect to the SXAR1 and Garmin GTX 345 at the same time?
Yes, the SXAR1 and GTX 345 can be used with ForeFlight at the same time. The SXAR1 provides all of the weather data, while the GTX 345 provides ADS-B traffic, GPS, pressure altitude, and AHRS pitch and bank data.
¶ What areas of weather coverage do I get with the SXAR1?
The weather coverage provided by the SXAR1 varies by product - some products, like composite radar and AIR/SIGMETs are only provided for the US lower 48 states, while other products can cover much larger areas, such as lightning, with coverage extending into northern South America. See this table for a description of the coverage provided by each product.
¶ What is the extent of satellite coverage with the SXAR1?
The SXAR1's satellite coverage, or the area in which the SXAR1 can receive data from the SiriusXM satellites, extends from mid-northern Canada to mid-southern Mexico (roughly 60° North to 20° North), and includes the island of Newfoundland and most of Cuba to the east, and the Baja California Peninsula and southeasternmost Alaska to the west.
Note that satellite coverage area is not the same as weather coverage area; see the question above for a description of what areas of weather coverage are provided with the SXAR1.
¶ What is the extent of radar coverage provided by the SXAR1?
It depends on which radar product is used. The composite radar is limited to the lower 48 states, with some coverage extending beyond the northern and southern borders:The lowest-tilt radar extends coverage further north into Canada, and also provides coverage for Puerto Rico and islands south of it, extending to Grenada and Barbados:
¶ SiriusXM SXAR1 Troubleshooting Guide
If you see a SiriusXM, Error message in the upper left corner of the Maps view, there are some simple steps to find out how to fix the error.
In the ForeFlight app, tap the More view, then Devices, then tap on the SiriusXM SXAR1 box in the right side of the screen. You will then see one of these three error messages:
Steps To Correct
Device firmware is out of date. Hardware replacement is required.
Along with a Firmware Revision number that is less than 12
Call SiriusXM Aviation at 1-855-838-8563 to arrange for device replacement.
SiriusXM subscription not found. You may need to purchase or re-enable a subscription, or send a refresh signal if your subscription is current.
Along with "Subscription: None"
To re-enable your suspended subscription, or subscribe: Call SiriusXM Aviation at 1-855-838-8563. You can also subscribe at www.siriusxm.com/forefight.
To refresh your radio: Visit www.siriusxm.com/refresh, or call SiriusXM at 1-855-697-3373. You will need your radio ID/ESN which is printed on a sticker on the bottom of the SXAR1, or you can view it in ForeFlight Mobile by tapping More > Devices > SXAR1.
SiriusXM subscription is to the wrong package. ForeFlight can only be used with SiriusXM Pilot for ForeFlight.
Along with “Subscription: Invalid”
|Subscribe at www.siriusxm.com/forefight, or call SiriusXM Aviation at 1-855-838-8563.|
¶ What areas of weather coverage do I get with the SiriusXM SXAR1?
The SXAR1 offers weather coverage within the US lower-48 states, as well as limited coverage across the northern & southern US borders.
¶ Which SiriusXM weather features are included in the service plan that is compatible with ForeFlight?
Visit the SiriusXM plan details web page for a full list of weather products.
¶ I live in Canada or Mexico; can I get the SXAR1 to use with ForeFlight Mobile?
Please contact SiriusXM for information about purchasing the SXAR1 and associated SiriusXM Pilot For ForeFlight subscription with a non-US billing address.
¶ I already have an SXAR1. What firmware version do I need for it to work with ForeFlight Mobile?
Firmware version 12 or later. If your SXAR1 has an earlier firmware, please contact SiriusXM at 1-855-838-8563 to arrange for an upgrade.
¶ I already have an XM weather subscription. Can I use it with the SXAR1 and ForeFlight Mobile?
No, a separate SiriusXM Pilot For ForeFlight subscription is required to use the SXAR1 with ForeFlight Mobile. Please go to siriusxm.com/foreflightto subscribe.
¶ How many devices can I connect to the SiriusXM SXAR1 at one time?
Currently SXAR1 supports pairing with only one device at a time. To pair a different device with the SXAR1, un-pair (or turn-off) the first device, then pair the 2nd device.
¶ Why do I see hash-marks (looks like: /////////) across the map?
Hash marks may appear for a couple of reasons:
- Immediately after turning the SXAR1 on, if no Radar data has yet been received, the map will show /////// marks all over the map. As data is received, the ////// marks will be replaced with “clear” areas (where there are no storms) or by colored radar indicating storms.
- /////// marks are also shown on the map in areas that do not currently have radar coverage through SiriusXM, such as northern Canada, southern Mexico, or the Caribbean.
¶ Why don't I see weather in the app when connected to SXAR1?
Confirm that the SXAR1 is correctly “paired” to the iPad or iPhone via Bluetooth, and that the SXAR1 is connected.
- Open Apple Settings (grey icon that looks like “gears”)
- Tap on Bluetooth
- Confirm Bluetooth is “ON”
- Confirm that the SXAR1 shows in the “MY DEVICES” section.
- SXAR1 will be shown in the MY DEVICES list as “SXM_######## where ######## = the Radio ID printed on the bottom of the SXAR1
If the SXAR1 is not shown in the “MY DEVICES” section, then make sure the SXAR1 is powered ON, and pair it with the iPad per the SXAR1 instructions.
If the SXAR1 is shown in the “MY DEVICES” section but is listed as “Not Connected” the SXAR1 may not be turned ON, or is too far away from the iPad. Turn the SXAR1 ON, or position it closer to the iPad, then if necessary tap the SXM_######## entry to initiate a connection.
¶ My iPad or iPhone is paired with the SXAR1, but I still don't see weather. What should I do?
Once the SXAR1 is confirmed to be paired & connected, check that the ForeFlight Mobile app version is 8.1 or later:
- Open ForeFlight Mobile
- Tap on the More tab (lower right) then on the “About” section on the left
- The app version is shown at the top-center of the page
- If the app version is less than 8.1, the pilot must update the app using the Apple App store:
- Close ForeFlight Mobile by pressing the round “home” button on the front of the iPad
- Open the Apple App store (blue icon), tap on the “Updates” tab (lower right) and tap on the “Update” button next to ForeFlight
¶ I have ForeFlight Mobile version 8.1 or later, but I still don't see weather on the Maps page when connected to SXAR1. What should I do?
Once ForeFlight Mobile is updated to version 8.1 or later, check that the weather layers are selected:
- Open ForeFlight Mobile.
- Tap on the Maps tab.
- In the upper-left of the Maps page, tap the drop-down menu and choose from the available weather overlay options on the right side of the drop-down menu.
¶ I have selected a weather layer but nothing is showing-up. How do I fix this?
If no weather displays once a weather layer is selected, check the Device page for details:
- Open ForeFlight Mobile
- Tap on the More tab (lower right) then on the “Devices” section on the left
- Tap on the “SiriusXM SXAR1” box on the right side of the screen
- Confirm that:
- Connection shows “Connected”
- Device State shows “Running”
- Signal Status shows “Good”
- It it shows anything else, reposition the SXAR1 so that it has a clear view of the sky.
- Battery status shows more than 20%. If 20% or less, the SXAR1 should be charged using the supplied wall charger and cable.
- Subscription shows “ForeFlight”
¶ Does the Mobile Link WiFi network provide access to the Internet?
No. It only provides access to in-flight XM weather data.
¶ Can I stream XM Radio to my iPad?
No. Radio streaming is not provided.
¶ Can I use the WxWorx XM Receiver's internal GPS for position information?
No. ForeFlight Mobile is unable to display GPS information from the WxWorx XM Receiver.
¶ What are some common In-Flight XM Weather Troubleshooting Tips?
1. The WiFi icon (3 arcs of a 1/4 circle) in the top iPad status bar should be showing. If they are not, be sure to turn WiFi on in the iPad Settings app.
2. Verify that you see the "Mobile Link" network connected via WiFi in the iPad Settings app under WiFi. If it is not connected, then connect via WiFi.
3. If you have a 3G/4G/LTE device, set Cellular Data to OFF in the iPad Settings app under Cellular Data.
4. Run ForeFlight Mobile and go to MORE > DEVICES. Make sure you see 'Mobile Link' as a connected device. Tap it to see detailed information and check the following:
Access Allowed should say YES. If not, close all other apps that may be using the Mobile Link. It may take as long as 60 seconds for other apps to release control and provide access.
Signal Quality needs to be MARGINAL or better. If it is colored red, move the XM receiver antenna to a better location.
Radio State should be ONLINE. If it is not, you likely need to activate or refresh your account with Sirius/XM. Here are the possible radio states:
- Activation in Process: The receiver is in activation mode and is activating.
- Initializing: This occurs when the Mobile Link is first powered up and communication is being established.
- Online: the receiver is online and receiving data.
- Reset in Progress: This can occurs when the receiver is attempting to activate and when the softcycle is received. The softcycle only occurs every 30 minutes after all the data products have been received.
- Unknown: This should only occur when the receiver has been unplugged from the Mobile Link.
- Weather Data Received: Check that the weather data ages shown are current. If they are not, wait for them to update.
5. If viewing Maps, verify that the Baron logo is displayed in the bottom right (it may be under the HUD GPS readouts).
6. If viewing METARs/TAFs for an airport, verify that (XM WX) is shown in the age value.
If you continue to need assistance with XM weather in ForeFlight Mobile, send us an email. Please include the info shown on the devices view for the Mobile Link. The easiest way to do this is to take a screenshot (quickly press the top power button and the bottom home button at the same time). The screenshot will be placed in the Photos app and can be attached to the email you send us.
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