Posted on: 17 November 2015 by Mark Howells
Panasonic Weather Solutions (PWS), a division within Panasonic Avionics, has unveiled 4DAero, an electronic flight bag (EFB) application that gives pilots access to the industry’s most accurate weather forecast.
A proprietary weather forecasting application, 4DAero offers ‘unprecedented’ situational awareness that optimises strategic flight planning and real-time, in-flight tactical navigation decision-making. The platform provides a global base map that includes an aircraft’s flight route with selectable graphical overlays that depict hazards such as lightning occurrences and wind shear advisories; thunderstorms (live radar and forecasted storms) as well as reported and forecasted turbulence.“4DAero is the best EFB solution for pilots who need to make fast and informed decisions in very critical situations. 4DAero will also significantly increase the efficiency of flight operations,” said Don DeBlasio, executive director of Panasonic Weather Solutions. “4DAero relies on the Panasonic 4D Weather platform, which includes our unique atmospheric datasets, which are collected in real time by hundreds of commercial aircraft in flight. It also includes our advanced 4D quality control and proprietary weather models. When combined, these services provide weather forecasts that consistently surpass the accuracy of other weather services – government or civilian.”The 4DAero display can be customised to include terrain features, navigation aids (NAVAIDS), airports, and flight information region (FIR) boundaries.The app will be commercially available in Spring 2016, initially on the iOS platform.