NBAA Convention News

WSI Unveils Updated Pilotbrief Weather Product at NBAA 2013

 - October 24, 2013, 8:40 PM

Aviation weather service provider WSI (Booth No. C7915) of Andover, Mass. is here at NBAA showcasing the latest updates to Pilotbrief Optima, its flight planning and real-time weather monitoring tool.

The updated version combines a high-performance map, high-definition weather information, enhanced global overlays, as well as personalization features. Convective weather enhancements include high-definition convective weather layers, providing enhanced radar, vertically integrated liquid and echo top mosaics, featuring a four-fold improvement in spatial resolution. This shows the highest tops, which are of greatest concern, for improved confidence in route planning and decision making, said WSI.

An optional overlay of WSI’s Global Lightning Network identifies areas of strongest convective activity outside ground-based weather radar range, while WSI’s SATrad provides a synthesized depiction of convection throughout the Tropics.

With its array of features and capabilities, pilots can, according to WSI, quickly understand the complex structure of a storm system and assess whether the threat is building or dissipating.

Pilotbrief Optima is certified as compliant with the FAA’s Qualified Internet Communications Provider program, one of the few online weather sources so certified, WSI said.

WSI executive v-p and general manager Mark Miller is available by appointment here at the show for private Pilotbrief Optima demonstrations. Meanwhile, the free Pilotbrief Optima iPad app is also available at the Apple App Store.