UAT Trial

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Posted 10 October 2017 (more news)

Did you know that we are part of a trial broadcasting UAT in the UK?

UAT is a technology used in the USA to broadcast weather data from ground to air, among other things. When you're within range of a UAT transmitter and flying a suitably-equipped aircraft, your devices can pick up this live weather information to help you make better decisions in flight.

Until recently, transmission of UAT was thought to be impossible in Europe. But we have teamed up with Uavionix to start broadcasting UAT (as a trial) in the UK with the approval of the CAA. At the moment we are broadcasting from a low-powered transmitter in Milborne Port, with a range of around 15nm. It's not much, but it's enough for everybody to fly near our office to verify they can receive the data. As the trial progresses we will start broadcasting from more sites and with higher power output.

So how do you receive the data using SkyDemon? You need to be using a compatible traffic/UAT receiver. So far the list comprises the SkyEcho from uAvionix, the iLevil, and the Stratux. If you're already using the latest version of SkyDemon with one of these devices you'll see a green indicator light up in the Weather tab when you fly in range. When this indicator is lit you'll be receiving live precipitation radar (shown on the map automatically) and TAF and METAR updates for every airfield within 250nm.

Stay tuned over the next few months and we'll post more updates with how the trial is going. We'll let you know when more transmitters go up and when we transmit more weather products.
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