4209 Hillsdale Ln, Garland, TX 75042, USA
The Stormscope Specialist
The WX-500 and WX-1000 series.
Due to the lack of demand, age, and support for the WX-7, WX-8, WX-9, WX-900, WX-10, WX-11, and WX-12 series Stormscopes, we no longer support them.
To test the WX-10 and WX-11 series Stormscope system set the range switch on 200 nm. Allow 30 seconds for a warm-up then push the TST button holding it in until you see a small cluster of dots appearing approximately at the 45 degrees and a 100-mile range. To clear the dots push the CLR button.
In cell mode, Stormscopes detect lightning up to 200 nautical miles out and display storm cell areas of greatest intensity. During periods of heavy electrical activity, cell mode can be used to identify a path that avoids thunderstorms. In strike mode, the Stormscope detects and maps individual strikes aiding the identification of the beginnings of storms.
An annual checkout of the Stormscope system especially just before the thunderstorm season should be performed by a qualified avionics shop with the factory-recommended test equipment.
The following error codes are most likely caused by aircraft electrical interference and will go away once the interference is removed. Contact us for codes not listed.
WX-1000 codes 44&45
WX-900 codes 5&6
WX-950 codes 17&18
WX-500 codes 17&18
Do not repaint any of the Stormscope antennas, they have been coated with a special conductive paint to inhibit the build-up of precipitation-static. The antenna is a critical part of the Stormscope system and repainting it could adversely affect the operation of your system. Use only factory-supplied antenna gaskets, they are made of a conductive material. Any antenna that has been repainted is un-airworthy and should be scrapped.
There is no approval process to overhaul or remanufacture Stormscopes, electronic parts do not undergo overhaul or remanufacture ... they either work or they don't. An FAA form 8130-3 for a used Stormscope processor or display should indicate that it has either been repaired or inspected (bench checked) and is being returned to service in serviceable condition. There is no approval process for repairing or repainting antennas... an 8130-3 for a used antenna should only indicate that it has been inspected and approved for return to service.
The WX-500 interfaces with most radar indicators using the RGC-350 radar graphics computer plus most popular MFD's including the following:
Apollo MX-20, UPSAT MX-20, Goodrich I-linc
Archangel AE1002 or AE1004 requires software 1.1 or later
ARNAV ICDS 2000 requires software V920AE or later
ARNAV MFD 5000 Series requires software V520CG or later, also requires an auxiliary RS-232 device
Aspen Avionics Evolution Series
Avidyne FlightMax, Entegra, EX500/600, EX5000, MHD300, IFD540
Bendix King KMD540/550/850
Chelton (Cobham) Flight Systems FlightLogic Synthetic Vision EFIS
Garmin G1000, G900, GNC 420, GNS400/500 S, GPS 400, GMX-200, GTN Series, G500/600 requires software 7.0 or later
Genesys Aerosystems 3D Synthetic Vision EFIS
GRT EFIS all models
L3 Lynx NGT-9000 requires software 2.1 or higher
Moving (MAP) Terrian MFD
Sandel SN 3308, ST3400, 3500, 4500
Your MFD may require a software upgrade to interface with the WX-500.
on normal operation
off failed operation; it is not booting up
off normal operation
on failed operation; something has failed internal or external
on/off once per second normal operation
on failed operation; it is the test signal between the processor and antenna; if it is on the test is not running
The MFD controls the WX-500 functions. Refer to your Aircraft Flight Manual Supplement (AFMS) and the documentation supplied with the MFD for detailed operating instructions.
Your real-time clock battery is dead and the time of day and elapsed time are not available.
The green LED indicates system power is on.
The yellow LED indicates a failure detected by or in the processor power supply.
The red LED indicates faults detected by the system self-test. Once on this LED does not turn off until power is recycled.
If the yellow LED is illuminated both the display & processor should be bench tested together. The display could be causing excessive current draw on the power supply in the processor, and there could be a problem with the display and the processor.
The part numbers are 78-8051-9170-3 with black bezel (replaced by 78-8060-5900-8 or -9 in 1990), 78-8060-5900-8 black bezel, 78-8060-5900-9 gray bezel, 78-8060-5900-8 with black bezel WX-1000 / SKY497, and 78-8060-5900-9 gray bezel WX-1000 / SKY497. You can use any of these displays to display lighting data from any of the WX-1000 series processors. However, if you are going to display Skywatch traffic you can only use the 78-8060-5900-8 or 78-8060-5900-9 display with the data plate that says Skywatch SKY497 and TSO-C113.
Why is the display connector damaged so easily?
Unless you have the backshell connector lined up correctly you can easily damage the display connector, and it is a special connector that is very expensive to repair. If you have MOD D, it is a production change to facilitate pin engagement at the backshell connector.