Weather Services International Introduces Global Optimized Flight Planning to Pilotbrief Optima, The Ultimate Flying Platform

  Weather Services International Introduces Global Optimized Flight Planning
  to Pilotbrief Optima, The Ultimate Flying Platform

  For the First Time, Application Combines Industry-Best Global Weather and
         Optimized Flight Planning to Ensure Ultimate Flight Success

Business Wire

ANDOVER, Mass. -- January 22, 2013

Weather Services International (WSI) the most trusted name in aviation
weather, today announced the launch of Global Optimized Flight Planning within
WSI Pilotbrief Optima, the first application that brings together
best-in-class weather forecasts and data with flight planning and filing
capabilities on one platform. Available on iPad and online, WSI Pilotbrief
Optima will be available to the aviation sector in February, 2013.

Flight Planning is a process that requires pilots to assess both their route
and the impacts of weather and airspace restrictions along the route. WSI
Pilotbrief Optima is able to calculate the optimal route to ensure that
flights arrive on time, safely and smoothly. WSI Pilotbrief Optima, with
optimized flight planning capabilities, empowers business aviation pilots to
create and file flight plans to any destination in the world. WSI’s unique
solution enables pilots to build confidence, improve decisions and save time
by combining professional-grade weather with an optimized flight-planning
engine.

“An on-time flight is the result of diligent flight planning and flawless
execution by the entire flight operation,” says WSI Pilotbrief Optima product
manager Jamie Zajac. “This new application addresses one of the most common
requests we have gotten from our users, to combine professional grade weather
and optimized flight planning in one application.”

WSI Pilotbrief Optima includes unique features for business jet operators to
plan safe and smooth flight plans including performance-based navigation
routings, RAIM outage calculations, fuel reserves, and flight delay risk
assessments. This application is further enhanced by being available not only
for U.S. flights, but for global flight operations as well.

The WSI application also displays custom forecasts in the form of WSI FPGs
(Flight Plan Guidance) and WSI SIGMETs. These EWINs-certified forecasts are
global and provide information on convection, icing, turbulence, volcanic ash
and other aviation hazards. FPGs take the guesswork out of interpreting severe
weather by providing pilots with a clear and actionable picture of areas to
avoid, anywhere in the world.

WSI will be demonstrating its complete aviation solution, including WSI
Pilotbrief Optima and Pilotbrief Optima for the iPad, at its Booth #1007,
during the NBAA 2013 Schedulers and Dispatchers, January 22 – January 24 in
San Antonio, TX. All are invited to visit the booth for presentations.

For more information and a free trial of The Ultimate Flying Platform, contact
WSI directly via www.wsi.com.

About WSI Aviation

WSI, the most trusted weather decision support provider in the aviation
industry, provides a proactive, aviation operation management suite ensuring
common situational awareness and continuity in decisions through every phase
of flight. WSI Pilotbrief^TM is an integral component of WSI’s comprehensive
flight decision support solution, which includes WSI Hubcast® terminal
forecasts and alerting for airport stakeholders as well as the WSI Fusion^TM
dispatch application. WSI also operates a Global Forecast Center staffed by
experienced aviation meteorologists that produce operational terminal and
enroute forecasts globally.

Collectively, the WSI solution streamlines workflow and enables common weather
situational awareness through all phases of flight, improving operational
confidence, communications, flexibility and decisions among key flight
stakeholders. The result is improved safety and efficiency.

About WSI

WSI (Weather Services International) is the world's leading provider of
weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the aviation, energy
and media markets, as well as multiple federal and state government agencies.
WSI is a member of The Weather Company and is headquartered in Andover,
Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England. The Weather Company is
owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms
The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

Contact:

WSI
Linda Maynard, 978-983-6715
lmaynard@wsi.com
or
WSI
Jamie Zajac, 978-983-6759
JZajac@wsi.com
or
The Weather Company
Jazmine Maddox, 770-226-2010
jazmine.maddox@weather.com
 
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