SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1

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Satellite weather, radio, and GPS for ForeFlight

Having accurate in-flight weather in the cockpit is essential for safe flying, and SiriusXM Aviation Weather is the gold standard for pilots. Since it’s delivered by satellite, weather is available at any altitude (even on ...

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Satellite weather, radio, and GPS for ForeFlight

Having accurate in-flight weather in the cockpit is essential for safe flying, and SiriusXM Aviation Weather is the gold standard for pilots. Since it’s delivered by satellite, weather is available at any altitude (even on the ground), throughout the entire Continental US and even much of Canada. The compact SXAR1 is a powerful iPad companion, connecting to the ForeFlight app to deliver GPS position, SiriusXM weather, and even SiriusXM Radio.

Features:

  • Wirelessly connect to ForeFlight on your iPad or iPhone via Bluetooth (one device at a time)
  • View high-resolution Composite and Base Reflectivity Radar, Lightning, Cloud Tops, TFRs, METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs/SIGMETs, PIREPs, and winds/temps aloft
  • Built-in WAAS GPS receiver delivers a precise moving map location
  • Small size fits into your pocket for easy portability and placement on the dash
  • Internal SiriusXM and GPS antennas (optional remote antenna available - our product number 1904A or 8032A)
  • Rechargeable internal battery with 8-10 hour life enables completely wireless operation in flight
  • New “Pilot For ForeFlight” subscription package ($39.99/month) offers more weather for less money
  • Add SiriusXM Radio for $10.99/month and listen to over 100 channels in flight (one headset connection at a time)

Bottom of SXAR1 features a non-slip coating for dash mounting. For window mounting, use the RAM X-Grip with suction cup. Package includes: SXAR1 receiver, protective sleeve, AC power adapter, USB charging cable, quick start guide. Measures 5”w x 1.2”h x 2.7”d. Weighs 1.25 lb. Requires subscription. 90-day warranty. While the SXAR1 will work in Canada, Sirius XM subscriptions are currently only available to US addresses. 

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Solid platform for near real time data. Love the cloud and echo tips with ForeFlight. Metars and taf. Solid !!
July 14, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
ForeFlight and SXAR-1, a good combination!
Even though Bluetooth is NOT the greatest communications method in the world, the SXAR-1 combined with ForeFlight and my iPad mini-4 is a great situational awareness tool!
April 16, 2017
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Lots of good data
Easy to set up and use on iPad mini
October 30, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Great for Jet Aircraft
I've been using the Stratus 2 for the last year in my Lear35, but found that it wasn't living up to the needs of a jet pilot. I upgraded to the SXAR1 and instantly fell in love with the new data I have on my iPad.
October 10, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Great new product for Foreflight
The SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1 works well, is easy to use and does not seem to have the heat issues of the Stratus. The extra weather info is really helpful.
October 10, 2016
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Made the transition
I have been using a G496 with SiriusXM wx for 10 yrs +. I bought this to "retire" the 496 and clean off my glare shield. I can't rate the Durability / Reliability as I have only had it a couple of weeks. So far it appears to work great and is much better than the "free" weather, but still trying to find some of the features I liked on the 496 if ForeFlight such as freezing levels and airborne wind graphics.
October 9, 2016
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
2 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Falls Short of Potential
The ability to display XM weather on Foreflight allows this product to make huge strides toward reaching its potential. It is a good product limited by three important shortcomings, and because of those shortcomings, I do not recommend the SXAR1 at this time. --Lowest tilt radar removes the radar and shows "Radar Not Avail" for approximately 60 seconds every 5 minutes while the radar is updating. --The colors chosen to paint the precip in Foreflight over intensifies weather. Stand alone light green, probably is a false echo, where as yellow precip paints green on other systems. XM weather has 15 colors available to paint the radar return, Foreflight only uses 7. If they use the full 15 that would be the best fix for this problem. --Reception good but did have to move the unit at times. Would benefit from having airplane mounted antenna.
October 7, 2016
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
SXAR Finally can be used with Foreflight
I have been waiting for Foreflight to finally add the SXAR to their program. It is a good start, but obviously designed to just get you a bit more than ADS-B so they can continue to push their Stratus rather than the XM product which is far superior to ADSB weather. But for those of us that fly serious IFR and up to Canada, the Stratus is not a complete answer. XM weather is far better. Missing is Most of Canada, a serious omission, also missing is satellite imagery cloud tops, high res winds, surface maps, cloud and echo tops, Freezing levels, turbulence and icing. Hopefully this will be coming soon, especially the cloud and echo tops, freezing levels and icing. it was easy to set up, although you need to call their aviation support line to set it up as you cannot do this on the web. Looks like it integrates flawlessly into Foreflight, so it is a good first step. Let Foreflight know that this is a good partial step and that the rest is reaslly needed.
October 6, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
XM weather for ForeFlight is a great addition to Stratus2
I have been flying with the Stratus 2 for about a year and a half. Prior to that I used XM on a non-IPad device. I love the XM for Foreflight it is easy to use, and the service is fast. I prefer the XM weather over ADS-B but the stratus offers much more than weather so I will continue to use both at the same time.
October 2, 2016
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Is the subscription fee available month to month?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. best you can do is suspend the service once a year for up to 7 months. So you could turn it on for the flying season and then off during the winter.
Does it also provide Sirius XM audio (presuming an additional cost to activate)?
Eric T on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not at this time, but we'll add that request to the list.
I bought one. I've been using it for a few days now. It's great except for one thing. Can I really only get xm weather information to a single device? That's a deal-breaker that should be made clear in the description of the unit's capabilities. Please tell me I'm missing something so I can get info to both iPads we run in the cockpit and my iPhone all at the same time... like the wifi from my stratus 2S.
Troy Wilburn on Oct 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That's correct - only one device at this time.
can you use this device concurrently with a Stratus?
A shopper on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can - the SXAR1 is Bluetooth and Stratus is WiFi so both can connect to your iPad simultaneously. The SXAR1 will provide weather, while the Stratus provides GPS, traffic and attitude. It's a great setup.
If I have a Bluetooth headset, will the SXAR1 work simultaneously while using my Bluetooth headset or will it block my headset from connecting to my iPad?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You will only be able to connect your headset to the SXAR1, not the iPad.
Is the $39.99 a month subscription required for this receiver or will my current Foreflight yearly subscription still work through this receiver?
A shopper on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The $39.99/month subscription is for SiriusXM weather. You will still need an active ForeFlight subscription.
once you purchase the product, what other fees are there? I've looked at the SiriusXM site and it's somewhat confusing.
CharlieB on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The subscription is $39.99/month, and there may be an activation fee.
A SEPARATE receiver and subscription for music? If true I don't see the value.
Bob G on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not a separate receiver - music will work with the SXAR1, the app just doesn't support it yet.
I have a Stratus 2S already with ForeFlight along with a Garmin 596 with a XM Reciever hardwired to it for XM Weather. I've been waiting on a good way to get the XM Weather to display on ForeFlight with our iPads. Stratus ADS-B weather is better than nothing, but it is not near as good as the XM weather when you compare them side by side (like we do). My question is this: How does the XM weather displayed on Foreflight compare to XM Weather displayed on Garmin 596? There are a lot of nice features on the 596 with XM that are not available on the Foreflight/Stratus combo. Will everything that comes through on the 596 be available on ForeFlight?
Troy W on Sep 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are some differences between your 696 and the SXAR1. Here is a good side-by-side comparison of the subscription levels and features (note the ForeFlight option): http://www.siriusxm.com/sxmaviation/features
What is the expected battery life?
A shopper on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 8 to 10 hours is typical.
Can I get the SiriusXM Pilot Pro subscription or am I limited to the features of SiriusXM Pilot For ForeFlight?
Steve on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Only SiriusXM Pilot for ForeFlight at this time.
What is the virtue of this when Stratus already provides GPS & Weather without a monthly fee ?
A shopper on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Both Stratus and SiriusXM both have their pros and cons - and you can even use them together! SiriusXM works at any altitude, anywhere in the US, so it's good for places with poor ADS-B coverage. It also works in Canada, where ADS-B does not. There are some weather features you get with SiriusXM that are not available with ADS-B, like storm markers and lightning. Finally, SiriusXM radar is the same resolution everywhere in the US (vs. the two resolutions of ADS-B). Note that the SiriusXM radar is the same resolution as regional ADS-B radar (2km).
Does anyone have experience using the Sirius aviation receiver with Foreflight on jet aircraft? Specifically the Citation Sovereign? I tried (with the receiver only, no external antenna), and could not get a good signal, and nothing would update, either in the air or on the ground. I tried placing the receiver on various parts of the glareshield with no luck, the best signal actually on the side window, likely having something to do with the forward windscreen heating elements, but not enough to update Foreflight and get any weather. Would the external antenna help? Any other experience or suggestions?
TBaxterusa on Feb 28, 2017
SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1
SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1
External Antenna Kit for SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1
External Antenna Kit for SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1
BEST ANSWER: I fly a Citation Excel. I had the same issue. I could get only a weak signal and even that was sometimes with just the receiver itself. So I bought the external antenna and as long as the external antenna was mounted to the side window. I could get a better signal, but again...not all the time. We have an external XM antenna mounted on the top of the airplane for a previous owner's purpose. So I took the jumper that comes with the external antenna kit to a cable shop and they made me a connector that would connect to the coax connection in the cockpit for the externally mounted XM antenna. The other end connects to this receiver (obviously) and it works like a charm. Without it I would not have continued to use it. It was too frustrating.
Noticed on receiver image a METAR that was 28 minutes old, how frequently are METARS updated on XM?
Gerald G on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have a stratus 2 now, noticed during a recent flight that a METAR was 56 minutes old on the stratus, couldn't figure out why it wasn't updating more frequently and thought it was due to the stratus itself. Sounds like the updates are more about the METAR system as opposed to the devices (XM or Stratus)?
So another $500 a year for weather? Is it that much better than ADS-B?
A shopper on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It depends where and how you fly. SiriusXM works at any altitude, anywhere in the US, so it's good for places with poor ADS-B coverage. It also works in Canada, where ADS-B does not. There are some weather features you get with SiriusXM that are not available with ADS-B, like storm markers and lightning. Finally, SiriusXM radar is the same resolution everywhere in the US (vs. the two resolutions of ADS-B). Note that the SiriusXM radar is the same resolution as regional ADS-B radar (2km).
Does this unit comply with all the regulations post 2020?
Philip E on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, this simply receives SiriusXM weather and GPS position. It does not receive ADS-B and it does not transmit anything. So it does not comply (one way or the other) with the 2020 ADS-B mandate.
Does the refund apply to Canadian purchases?
Philip E on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A US address is required to get the rebate.
Full details here: http://www.sportys.com/media/pdf/siriusxm2016.pdfNote that Canadian radar is included in the ForeFlight subscription package.
Coverage in Alaska?
T W on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Only the very southern portion. Coverage map here: http://www.sportys.com/media/pdf/siriusxmcoverage.pdf
I just got my 172 back from a 5 week annual inspection. I left the SXAR1 in a drawer in my hangar in the little box it came in. Now the SXAR1 will not charge or power up. I tried the charging a/c adapter and USB cord it came with, and the one for my Galaxy S4 phone with same result. The light on the SXAR1 under the charge port is amber (charging) most of the time when attempting to charge the SXAR1, and sometimes it even turns green (charged), but still it will not power on. I held power switch for many seconds, but the 'ON' light on the top just turns red as long as I'm holding the power button in, and goes out when release the button. I even tried holding it 30 seconds once.

I inserted a USB amp meter between the USB cord and adapter, and have 4.87 volts but AMPS draw is zero. It obviously isn't charging.

Bought the SXAR1 late October of last year. Just found out the warranty was only 90 days. I know I'm screwed by the Sirius company, but will Sporty's make this right? This thing was expensive! If I have throw to away a $300 box (after $200 rebate), well that just isn't right. By the way, I did get the $200 rebate debit card from Sirius, but they never sent me a $50 service PIN.

Can you do anything to help, Sporty's? It's pointless to try to get Sirius to make it right. Can't believe this very expensive thing only has a 90 day warranty.

Joel Mason
N35609
joel s on Aug 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Please return to us and we will take a look at the unit. Our return address is Sportys, 2001 Sportys Drive, Batavia Ohio, 45103. Please include a note with the same information that you posted.
Will the antenna I'm currently using with my panel mounted Garmin 496 work with the SXAR1? If not is there an adapter available?
CarlB on Aug 10, 2017
SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1
SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1
External Antenna Kit for SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1
External Antenna Kit for SiriusXM Aviation Receiver SXAR1
BEST ANSWER: The antenna that is used for the 496 will not work with the sxar1. Garmin does not have and adapter available.
If I do not have blue tooth headsets, will the sxar1 connect to the aircraft audio system via a cable?
Lee S on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Sxar1 requires a blue tooth connections to the headset.
When using the xsar1 for xm radio does it plug into audio panel or does iPad have to plug into audio panel to get radio to play through aircraft audio system?
Lee S on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Sirus receiver is controlled and played via Foreflight. You can view a video of how to connect at Foreflight. com.
if all i want from the sxar1 is xm radio, can i control the xm radio with an ipod without a foreflight subscription?
lee s on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The music for the receiver is only controlled via Foreflight.
I have an SXM account with multiple radios. I have a Garmin 496 with an SXM weather package on that account. Am I still eligible for the rebate if I cancel the SXM subscription on the 496, and add the subscription for my iPad with Foreflight and the SXAR1?
A shopper on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would contact Siruis to see if you would qualify for the rebate.
ADSB?
Phantom on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This unit does not show ADS-B weather or traffic.
Hello, it's working in India?
Marcelo on Mar 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will only work in the US, southern Canada and northern Mexico (not India) and requires a USA address to activate the subscription.
How's that work only one headset at a time? Can you not connect to play radio through the audio panel?
Dick R on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Here is the link from Foreflight.
https://www.foreflight.com/connect/siriusxm/
So, this can be purchased and then pay 10.99/month for xmradio in Flight? Does that require a certain length, or can I cancel/add depending on my flying?
A shopper on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Here is a link to the options available.
http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/pirep/siriusxm-subscription-options-flexible/
Where can I buy a extra charging cable?
A shopper on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can purchase the MicroUSB cable at any retailer that would sell computers.
Can this device be charged while in use in the airplane?
William D on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be charged while in use in the airplane.
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