WSI Offers "Free" Hardware Upgrades

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Faced with concerns about the long-term viability of the satellite network that provides data to its popular cockpit aviation weather system, WSI recently announced a partnership with Sirius Satellite Radio. But with that deal in place, WSI now is faced with another problem ... how to update all of its customers' hardware. The company has announced a rebate program that will offer "free" upgrades to customers who sign up for four years of service. Lesser rebates will offset costs to those who renew their contracts for shorter periods. The rebates apply to all WSI InFlight subscribers who purchased their system on or before Feb. 7, 2006. Customers can upgrade to either the WSI InFlight AV300 system, which provides WSI weather information only, or the AV350, which receives both WSI weather and Sirius Radio programming. Owners will receive letters with more details on the program, WSI said. The current WSI InFlight systems (AV100 and AV200) will remain fully operational through April 30, 2007.