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Old 06-06-2018, 09:17 AM
dtw_rv6 dtw_rv6 is offline
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Default ADSB Lightning

I heard a rumor that Lightning and several other products are going to be added to the ADSB data stream today. Can anyone confirm this?

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Old 06-06-2018, 09:46 AM
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We have multiple strikes just west of us, but foreflight does not support lightning yet ( I heard the June timeframe, but not a specific date in June
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:19 PM
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I don't know about today, but Flying reports "June"...

Of course, whatever you're using (EFIS or iPad or etc.) will have to understand the new data items in order to display them.
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:38 PM
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Default Fall - Winter Timeframe

According to a friend who works on weather-in-the-cockpit policy / research at what used to be the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate (changed to something else in a big re-org last year) the new ADS-B weather product documents from RTCA* would be published in June, with final approval of the new products expected in the Sept. - Dec. timeframe.

If I understood him correctly, implementation of the products - actually uplinking the lightning, cloud-top, and icing reports - would take some time. The final docs released in the fall / winter would contain the information that EFB and MFD developers need to add support for the new products. I don't know exactly when the towers will start including the data in the FIS-B uplink.

* RTCA is an international industry standards association for avionics.
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:27 PM
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Well at least there was the hint of truth in the rumor

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