I bought my A36 Bonanza in July 1998 in South Africa when the currency was having one of its periodic falls. I wrote up the story of the ferry flight for Aero Africa magazine (RIP), and have just found it again. For the full story, see my A36 Blog.
With one free app and another free account, you can.
It works by combining your AutoRouter account with the new Telegram Messenger app. Here’s how to get it set up:
Go to http://router.euroga.org/ and open a free account
Download Telegram Messenger for all the devices you want to use
Associate Telegram with your mobile telephone number
In Telegram, search for “autorouter” (it’s a bot) and send it a message
It will reply that it doesn’t know who you are because you need to link the Autorouter account with the Autorouter bot
Tap on the safety pin, find yourself in the contacts list, and send it your mobile number
It should all be configured now, so try sending “radar” to the autorouter bot and get back something like the first image in this post. If that works, try “sferics” to get lightning strikes or “EGLL” to get the Heathrow weather.
There are tons of commands available. If you enter one that the bot doesn’t understand, it replies with the list of supported commands. Since it doesn’t understand “help”, that’s what I use to remind me what’s available.
Supported commands:EOBT – delay or bring forward next flight plan to hour and minute UTC.CANCEL – cancel the next flight plan.ARRIVAL – send arrival message at hour and minute UTC.WX – METAR/TAF for airport with given ICAO ID.NEAR – get METAR/TAF near ICAO airportNOTAM – NOTAMs for airport/FIR (add ordinal for details)PLATES – AIP platesSUBSCRIBE – subscription managementGRAMET – vertical route profileSIGMET – European SIGMETSFERICS – lightning strikesRADAR – rain radarSATIR – infrared satelliteTOPS – infrared with cloud tops estimationMSLP – mean sea level pressure analysisSIGWX – significant weatherTEMSI – European TEMSI forecastTEMSIFRANCE – French TEMSIAIRSPACES – Active airspace informationGAFORSLOVENIA – Slovenian GAFORRADARSLOVENIA – Slovenian rain radarNORDICSWC – Scandinavian Significant Weather ChartDWD – German Met Office products (subscription required)Send your location for METAR/TAF in the vicinity
For a complete explanation of how to set it up and the commands available, go to the Autorouter site.
One more thing – if you have an account with the German Weather Service (DWD), perhaps because you have an ADL120 installed in your aircraft, you can get images like this: