June 13, 2011
Weather provider WSI has launched an improved version of its Pilotbrief online weather services. Pilots can order WSI’s new, expanded " Optima" series of weather products. The Optima service should be extended to FBO kiosk subscribers by mid-July.
Optima’s default Web page will feature WSI’s interactive weather displays, which will let pilots overlay satellite and radar imagery, sigmets, airmets, surface conditions, and other weather data on a single map. Users can zoom in to scrutinize areas of interest, and services provided under the “MyPilotbrief” tab also will provide flight planning functions that include the most recent IFR clearances provided between designated departure and arrival airports. WSI’s Avchart weather graphics also come with the Optima package, as well as textual weather. In addition, Optima can provide worldwide coverage, including Europe, Canada, Asia and the Pacific, South America, and Africa.
Optima will be a subscriber service that replaces WSI’s current Pilotbrief. Customers must register, subscribe, and pay a monthly fee of $39.
In another new development, WSI said that a core group of basic weather products will be offered free, without the need to subscribe. This will consist of the most popular of the Avcharts, plus textual weather products.
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