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Avoid Icing this Spring

This spring remember that METARs and TAFs for freezing rain or freezing drizzle are only for conditions at the surface. While there may be no reported hazards on the ramp, there may dangerous conditions aloft, even only a few hundred feet aloft.

During preflight, make sure you know what to expect in flight using G-AIRMETS or the Lowest Freezing Level forecast from www.aopa.org/weather powered by SiriusXM Aviation.

Once in the airplane, what weather products do you reference the most? If you need a refresher on how to use Garmin avionics with SiriusXM weather to avoid icing, convective activity, and turbulence before your next flight, check out this series at www.siriusxm.com/GarminTraining. Click here to join the conversation.

Whichever weather products you use in flight, it’s always smart to have backup. SiriusXM and ADS-B allow you to have that needed redundancy for weather. Not sure what the differences are between ADS-B and SiriusXM? Watch the ASI video or fly this infographic to learn more about SiriusXM and ADS-B to decide which service is the best one for your primary use.

What helped you most when you were deciding which inflight weather service(s) to rely on? Click here to join the conversation.

If you’d like to try SiriusXM for yourself this season, check out this three-month trial subscription of SiriusXM Weather and Satellite Radio on a Garmin GDL™ 52.

SiriusXM offers exclusive features including:

  • Composite radar updating every 2.5 minutes
  • Cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning updating every 2.5 minutes
  • Storm cell and echo top information
  • No altitude limitations or line-of-sight restrictions

Spring has sprung and the ‘unofficial’ flying season is here. What would you like to upgrade or add to your flight bag this spring? Click here to join the conversation.

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