Posted on: 17 June 2016 by Mark Howells
A new deal between The Weather Company and Gogo Business Aviation will enable the delivery of real-time turbulence reports and alerts directly to pilots, dispatch and other operations personnel.
Gogo is to implement The Weather Company's patented Turbulence Auto PIREP System (TAPS), a turbulence detection algorithm, on their aircraft-based communications server, providing access to the necessary data generated by the aircraft to create reports of turbulence intensity.
Gogo's US-based air-to-ground and global satellite communication networks will be used to send the reports for immediate action in flight operations and weather forecasting.
Using the Gogo network, pilots will be able to access real-time turbulence reports and forecaster-created alerts through The Weather Company's flight planning and operations applications, such as WSI Fusion and WSI Pilotbrief. The reports will also empower Weather's team of 40 aviation meteorologists to alert clients of weather-related safety risks globally.
Mark Gildersleeve, president of business solutions at The Weather Company, explained, “Leveraging Gogo's expanded fleet of aircraft, The Weather Company can quickly share real-time turbulence data directly with pilots and dispatchers, thereby improving crew and passenger safety. It is a great example of the Internet of Things in action, where we are collecting massive amounts of data very quickly and then using that insight to provide guidance to all flights that will be travelling through impacted air space.”
“In this increasingly connected world, it's no longer just about passenger connectivity, we have to consider all the other ways we can leverage the available technology to enhance the overall flight experience and improve safety – such as a connected aircraft,” stated Andrew Kemmetmueller, VP connected aircraft services, Gogo. “Our ability to provide access to real-time data through our network will help pilots and operations teams improve flight planning, and ultimately, help airlines deliver the best in-flight customer experience.”