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Gogo Partners with the Weather Company to Track Real-Time Turbulence

By Juliet Van Wagenen | June 16, 2016
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WSI Total Turbulence application
WSI Total Turbulence application. Photo: The Weather Company

[Avionics Today 06-16-2016] The Weather Company, an IBM Business, has announced a deal with Gogo Business Aviation that aims to enable the delivery of real-time turbulence reports and alerts directly to pilots, dispatch and other operations personnel.

Gogo will be implementing Weather's patented Turbulence Auto PIREP System (TAPS), a turbulence detection algorithm, on their aircraft-based communications server. The TAPS software will reside on Gogo's server, which provides access to the necessary data generated by the aircraft to create reports of turbulence intensity. Gogo's U.S.-based air-to-ground and global satellite communication network is used to send the reports for immediate action in flight operations and weather forecasting. This is the first time a non-traditional system on the aircraft will be used to help enhance flight safety.

Traditionally, flight operations personnel, pilots and aviation meteorologists received coded verbal reports with limited information on flight conditions, also known as PIREPS. Due to multiple reasons, including a lack of cockpit data connectivity, pilots were not able to get real-time updates. Using the Gogo network, pilots in the cockpit will now be able to access real-time turbulence reports and forecaster created alerts through Weather's flight planning and operations applications like WSI Fusion and WSI Pilotbrief, and aircraft communication displays.

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