ADS-B weather solution launched

Essential Flight Technology and NavWorx  have formed a strategic partnership to produce portable ADS-B weather solutions for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

Essential Flight Technology (EFT) will be the exclusive distributor for the Apple iOS-based version of the PADS WxBox.

ADS-B weather is a freely broadcast service of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Properly equipped aircraft will receive subscription-free weather reports and weather radar through Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B). The EFT and NavWorx solution enables these services in the cockpit of any aircraft.

“We are pleased to announce the development of a wireless ADS-B solution to support all major software platforms in the cockpit without tying customers to a specific charting solution. Our Chartflier technology is designed to work on all platforms allowing EFT to integrate with any vendors wishing to make flying safer by making ADS-B in-cockpit weather more accessible and affordable,” said Colin Bitterfield, president of Essential Flight Technology. “We are excited to see the new PADS WxBox integrate directly with Essential Flight Technology’s Chartflier software. Additionally, we believe in making ADS-B weather technology available regardless of which charting solution a pilot chooses.”

Essential Flight Technology provides weather and traffic software development kits (SDK) for the entire NavWorx product line on the .NET platform, with iOS and Android SDK support coming soon. EFT intends to work closely with its partners and vendors to share this technology.

The iPad version of the PADS WxBox from NavWorx is available for pre-order now, with introductory pricing of $795 through Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, standard pricing of $895 will apply. The first devices are expected to ship in August.

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