SiriusXM WX vs. ADS-B

Comparison of SiriusXM WX vs. ADS-B capabilities in ForeFlight

Data ADS-B Weather via Stratus SiriusXM WX via SXAR1 Notes
METARs Yes. Low altitude stations provide data within 250-500nm. High altitude stations provide wider coverage Yes, CONUS, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central America, northern S. America, Caribbean, and Hawaii  
TAFs Yes, within 250-500nm Yes, CONUS, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central America, northern S. America, Caribbean, and Hawaii  
Winds/Temps Aloft Yes, within 500-1,000nm Yes, CONUS, S. Canada, and Puerto Rico  
PIREPs Yes, within 250-500nm Yes, CONUS, Alaska, Canada, and PR  

Composite Radar

Yes, for CONUS and some local U.S. regions elsewhere Yes, CONUS ADS-B NEXRAD is hi-resolution within 250nm ring, lower resolution outside of that.
Base Reflectivity Radar No Yes, CONUS, S. Canada, and PR south to Grenada  
NEXRAD Storm Cell Attributes No Yes, CONUS and PR south to Grenada  
Radar Echo Tops No Yes, CONUS Requires ForeFlight version 8.3 or newer.
Cloud Tops No Yes, CONUS Requires ForeFlight version 8.3 or newer.
Surface Wind Analysis No

Yes, CONUS

Requires ForeFlight version 9.0 or newer.
Lightning No Yes, CONUS, Canada, Mexico, Central America, northern S. America, and Caribbean  
Icing No Yes (NOWcast)  
Turbulence No Yes  
Surface Analysis No Yes  
TFRs Yes, within 100nm Yes, CONUS, S. Canada, and PR  
NOTAMs Yes, within 100nm No  
AIRMET/SIGMET Yes, within 250-500nm Yes, CONUS  
Special Use Airspace status Yes, within 250-500nm No  
Connections Allowed Unlimited 1  
Reception Coverage See latest map for enroute coverage CONUS and S. Canada, ground or airborne (with sky in view). See coverage map ADS-B generally available above 2,500' AGL but gaps exist
Processing Stratus Replay enables up to 30 mins of data to be stored while app is not running ForeFlight must be running, but can be in the background for data to be saved iPad 2 or later is recommended for ADS-B usage.
WAAS GPS Yes Yes  
Device battery Yes, up to 8 hours Yes, up to 6 hours  
Device form factor 1 box, optional remote antenna 1 box, optional remote antenna  
Device Cost Stratus 1S $549; Stratus 2S $899 $499  
Cost per Month Free $39.99 SXAR1 Requires the SiriusXM Pilot For ForeFlight subscription
ForeFlight Subscription Required Required ForeFlight plans and pricing

Notes: Distance ranges refer to distance from transmitting ground stations currently being received.