TwinStar N238US comes with both an activated SiriusXM satellite aviation weather and radio package, providing features to the pilots that are especially useful on longer X/C flights:
- In-flight WX features that are generally still superior to those provided by ADS-B In (FIS-B) due to better availability (as there is no dependency on ground stations), faster updates, and more weather products are available on N238US’s G1000 MFD (and PFD inset map), where no NEXRAD/FIS-B is provided by ADS-B – XM WX bridges that gap by giving the pilot a dedicated Weather Data Link map page as well as NEXRAD on the default and FPL map pages (and the PFD inset map)
ADS-B will likely catch up on some product differences over time, but the line-of-sight difference will not change in this specific technology comparison.
Make sure to read the Hazard Avoidance section and also search the G1000 Pilot’s Guide for SiriusXM to understand how to access the XM weather features.
- In-flight XM satellite radio offering 150+ stations for plenty of music, fun and information. The radio sounds fabulous on an ANR stereo headset, and music gets automatically faded out and back in for all communication.
In 8US only, the two switches below the headset plugs can also control the XM Radio (in addition to the softkeys on the PFD Aux page. 9ES does not have those switches.)
Adding the described XM functionality (except for the additional hardware switches on the intercom panel) to 9ES is finally planned to be carried out in January 2021.
As for your in-flight entertainment options – click here to download the SiriusXM Channel Lineup (PDF) to see the menu of music, news, talk, sports and comedy channels.