XM Nexrad Cockpit Weather Solution Under $800!
for more info on mounting the 296/376C/396/496 to
the Cygnet Dual Yoke,
screen shots and the GXM30
CSOB1 (yours truly) has been flying behind the
Weather Box in my B55 cockpit since 2006 and I'm completely
satisfied with the Wx situational awareness I get from this box and the extra
coin I made available to buy 100LL to feed that other engine of mine <vbg>.
Heck, I already had enough aviation specific
GPS gear mounted in my panel and I just wanted a geo-synchronized Nexrad radar
picture in the cockpit for strategic weather avoidance and decision making. And
for me - this is the CSOB ticket!
See the details on the XM Sailor Weather
package ($29/month) that I use
Now look at the XM Aviator Lite product
CSOB1 reports, You decide!
Don't spend $1,000 for the
used Garmin 396 or $1,200 for a used 496 (unless you really really want to). Look what you can do with the
376C for in the neighborhood of $500 brand new on
This is enough info for me to make a Wx
decision in the picture below? Which is what I get with my Sailor Wx
This unit gives me great fundamental weather
awareness in my cockpit for a CSOB price. Heck, for the life of the database
subscription money alone Garmin should GIVE every aviator a 496!
Click the image below for a
EBay auction of $389! (Auction quote as of 7/10/2009. PS: I have no financial
interest in this auction or the seller).
Add the auto kit with the mapping software for
$200 and you have a perfect CSOB Nexrad box for your cockpit and auto travels!
You'll need the auto mapping to lay all the airports onto the base map of the
unit (assuming you want to put the airports there and use it as a land GPS for
your car) as well as all the other automotive street mapping and Points of
See a complete
customer review of the 376C Land & Marine Features:
Read my January 2008 ABS
Magazine Article, entitled:
on a Budget.
EBay Right Now for a 376C - New in Box units can be found for around $500,
from what I have seen.
Check out this Airport and VOR database upload discovery from a site called
makes it easy to upload the US Airports and VORs to your 376C
You have to become a member of the site to
download the latest Airport and VOR database files.
Once you sign up with Navzilla, this page
will have lots of 376C info
You download the little utility called
G7toWin and use
that utility to load the
database you got from Navzilla (after you sign up) thru the USB connection to the 376C. When you use
the G7toWin "File Open" command, you must open the menu box for files of type
"txt" because that is the file type of the Airports and VORs database.
Read about the G7toWin utility and the
Caution: Your 376C has room for 3,000
Waypoints. There are ~4,900 airports and ~1,000 VORs, so you have some choices
I decided to load all the VOR's onto my 376C
and the G7toWin utility with Navzilla's VOR data file and it works great. I now
have every VOR in my CSOB 376C so in a pinch I could navigate to any VOR and
most all public airports. The VOR database .txt file download is
Enjoy the money you did not spend on the 396
or 496 and welcome to the CSOB Club!