October 8, 2008
By Dave Hirschman
Avidyne Corp., an avionics firm that specializes in integrated cockpits, has joined with WSI Corp. to provide worldwide, datalink weather to aircraft in flight.
The companies will provide the datalink weather via Avidyne’s MLX770 transceiver and the 66-satellite Iridium constellation. The new service will provide graphical weather as well as METARs, TAFs, temperatures, and winds aloft. A premium service will add WSI’s proprietary radar images and lightning data.
“The combination of Avidyne’s MLX770 and WSI’s exceptional weather data services will provide a broad range of aircraft operators with the industry’s most comprehensive coverage, regardless of where they fly,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne chief operating officer.
Most existing cockpit weather data services are limited to North America.
“Through this partnership with Avidyne, international aircraft operators can now enjoy the safety and operational benefits of WSI aviation weather that was previously available only in North America,” said Mark D. Miller, general manager of WSI’s aviation business.
Prices for the new service were not immediately available.
Both Avidyne and WSI are based in Massachusetts.
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