The list of updates to the DeLorme inReach SE is long. The lightweight, compact unit is used by aviators, boaters and hardcore hikers for two-way messaging and tracking when out of reach of cell reception. The company introduced its newest product the SE model, at Sun ‘n Fun 2013 and is providing demonstrations from its booth in Hangar C (C-005) during the show. Upgrades include a color screen, two-minute adjustable tracking intervals and the ability to pair with both iOS and Android phones and tablets for an easy interface for tw0-way messaging through the company’s Earthmate app.
The device operates over the Iridium satellite network and inReach owners get exclusive, unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and NOAA charts, which can be downloaded via an Internet connection prior to departure and remain available in the Earthmate app even when outside cellular coverage.DeLorme’s inReach SE is far more than a satellite messenger device. It also offers global SOS capabilities and remote real-time flight following/ping-me locating. In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to describe and update their situation so proper resources can be deployed.
Michael Heffron, DeLorme CEO said, “Over the last two years we have been listening to customer feedback, so the next generation of inReach includes many new features based on their input. The internal rechargeable battery and the on-screen, free-form texting will be especially beneficial to pilots, making in-cockpit satellite communications more convenient and delivering peace of mind to family and friends easier than ever before.”
Suggested retail price for inReach SE is $299, with annual satellite subscriptions with standard 10-minute tracking beginning at $9.95 per month. Four-month seasonal and special aviation plans are also available. The inReach SE begins shipping April 15, and is available at most major aviation retail and online outlets.