I’ve been asked by some of you how I manage to get the Honolulu D-ATIS on my iPhone without having to listen to the “drunken Swede” recording on 127.9. It’s available on the most expensive ForeFlight plan, but I’ve been working with a small developer to provide it on a low cost app that I highly recommend. It’s called Aeroweather Lite.
Aeroweather Lite is a free download from the Apple apps store. It’s fairly easy to add your favorite ICAO airport to it just by pressing the “+” key at the bottom of the app. You’ll see the latest METAR and TAFs for each airport you add to the list.
If you add any of the 50 some odd U.S. airports that have a D-ATIS, including PHNL, you have an additional option to display the D-ATIS, just as it is read to you over the frequency.
To enable this option, you must select the gear symbol at the bottom of the main page, and then choose “Unlock Additional Features”, and then the “Plus Package”.
Because the developer has to purchase this information from a provider, this feature requires a license; it’s $0.49 for one month, $0.99 for 2 months, and $4.99 for a year. You get 2 weeks to decide if this is worth it to you; the subscriptions are managed through your Apple ID so they are easy to remove.
Obviously, you need to have a cellular data connection in order to receive this information, whether on the ground or in the air. I find it works most of the time in the vicinity of most islands, but your mileage may vary.
I have no relationship with this developer other than as a customer helping them debug the application. Feel free to share it with anyone you know who has to deal with longram–bling ATIS recordings. Also remember that just because you have the current METAR, you’ll still need the current D-ATIS with its identifier before you call in.