SiriusXM and WSI Introduce In-flight Weather Solution for Apple iPad® and iPad mini™

New technology for pilots wirelessly delivers SiriusXM weather and other key information plus SiriusXM’s wide-variety of audio entertainment when paired with Apple iPad or iPad mini

NEW YORK, NY and ANDOVER, MA – December 10, 2014 – SiriusXM and WSI Corporation today introduced the all-new SiriusXM SXAR1 Portable Aviation Receiver and updated WSI aviation app to provide pilots with the most relevant pre-flight briefing and in-flight weather information in the industry. SXAR1 connects with WSI Pilotbrief Optima, giving business and general aviation pilots in-flight access to SiriusXM Aviation via Apple iPad® and iPad mini™.

WSI Pilotbrief Optima for General Aviation and Enterprise are the first SXAR1-compatible apps; both available now as free downloads from the iTunes App Store. Subscription to SiriusXM Aviation Weather is sold separately.

“SXAR1 is the first portable aviation receiver that delivers SiriusXM Aviation to the Apple iPad or iPad mini,” said Craig Correa, Vice President Marine and Aviation Services, SiriusXM. “SiriusXM is excited to go to market with WSI to deliver high-definition weather information that pilots can use in the cockpit as well as the ability to listen to the outstanding variety of audio entertainment available to SiriusXM listeners. All of this is easily controlled by the touch-screen interface of the iPad.”

“Pilot demand for reliable situational awareness dramatically increased when satellite-delivered weather was first introduced into the cockpit,” said Mark D. Miller, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Aviation at WSI. “During disruptive weather, a richer set of weather data enables preemptive planning to avoid aviation hazardous phenomena. The SXAR1 and Pilotbrief Opti=ma give pilots some of the most informed and enjoyable flying experiences in general aviation today.”

SXAR1 features Bluetooth® technology that offers portability without wires or audio jacks and its compact-size allows for easy placement on the aircraft glareshield or other convenient location. In addition, a rechargeable battery enables multiple legs of flying when fully charged.

SiriusXM SXAR1 Portable Aviation Receiver with WSI Pilotbrief Optima provide situational awareness of weather and related conditions across the U.S. and more than one hundred miles into U.S. coastal waters, as well as delivering the following features and services:

  • CONUS Composite and North American Base Reflective Radar, providing a more complete picture of current conditions
  • Internal SiriusXM and GPS/WAAS antennas
  • Lightning-- SiriusXM is the only broadcast weather service providing pilots lightning data on all service tiers 
  • Graphical winds aloft 
  • SIGMETs including convection, icing, turbulence, and volcanic ash
  • Flight route following 
  • Airport charts
  • WSI Graphical Turbulence 
  • METARs and TAFs for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean

Pilots can also use their iPad to control SiriusXM’s audio entertainment while in flight, providing access to commercial-free music; plus premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment; and Latin music, sports and talk programming, which can be streamed through a Bluetooth®-enabled aircraft headset or cabin audio system.

The SXAR1 Portable Aviation Receiver is now available at Sporty’s Pilot Shop as well as at at an MSRP of $699.00; subscription sold separately. For a limited time, SiriusXM is also offering subscribers activating a SiriusXM Aviation receiver with an eligible data package a $300.00 SiriusXM Rewards Visa® Prepaid Card. For more information on SiriusXM Aviation, service tiers available to pilots, and complete Rebate Offer Details, please visit

SXAR1 is designed for compatibility with any second generation or later iPad or iPad mini.

SiriusXM Services which may include traffic, weather and other content and emergency alert information and data is not for "safety for life," but is merely supplemental and advisory in nature, and therefore should not be relied upon as safety critical in connection with any aircraft, sea craft, automobile, or any other usage.

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About WSI Corporation
WSI Corporation is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the aviation, energy, insurance and media markets, as well as multiple federal and state government agencies. WSI is a member of The Weather Company and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Birmingham, England. The Weather Company is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

About SiriusXM
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the world’s largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and has 26.7 million subscribers. SiriusXM creates and broadcasts commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment; and the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S. and from retailers nationwide as well as at SiriusXM programming is available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at SiriusXM also provides premium traffic, weather, data and information services for subscribers in cars, trucks, RVs, boats and aircraft through SiriusXM Traffic™, SiriusXM Travel Link, NavTraffic®, NavWeather™, SiriusXM Aviation, SiriusXM Marine™, Sirius Marine Weather, XMWX Aviation™, and XMWX Marine™. SiriusXM holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has more than 2 million subscribers. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services to major automotive manufacturers, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

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