WSI Announces Workflow Improvements with Fusion 2.3 Release

Aviation Weather Leader Delivers Proactive Flight Operations Management Upgrade That Helps Customers Optimize Miles Flown, Minimize Fuel Burn, and Reduce Carbon Emissions

ANDOVER, MA - October 15, 2009 — WSI (Weather Services International), the most trusted weather decision support provider in the aviation industry, today announced the latest release of WSI Fusion™, featuring GPS RAIM prediction and Forecast Precipitation graphics. Commercial air carriers, corporate flight departments, and other aircraft operators will find benefit in the new functionality in version 2.3.

“Aircraft operators and dispatchers are required by the FAA to verify a flight route meets specific navigation requirements in order to take advantage of advanced RNAV 1 and 2 procedures,” said John Szatkowski, Product Manager. “By including Predictive RAIM in our application, key customers such as Southwest Airlines are able to go to a single location to make preflight route decisions in order to fly the safest, most efficient route while assuring regulatory compliance.”

Dave Wotton, Director of Operations Coordination Center Support for Southwest Airlines adds, “The addition of the predictive RAIM overlay within Fusion helps us improve dispatcher workload, by centralizing key decision-making tools into a single application."

New additions to WSI Fusion include:

  • Predictive Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) graphics and route validation as provided by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). For subscribing users, graphical depiction of coverage is available for overlay on the map. Through the route selection tool, a user may select up to five routes which may be sent to the DOT to verify compliance with RAIM restriction.
  • Forecast precipitation graphics have been added for subscribing customers. This predictive data is derived from WSI's proprietary Rapid Precision Mesoscale (RPM) Modeling system, and allows users to investigate areas of potentially disruptive weather such as thunderstorm development and freezing rain.

About WSI’s Rapid Precision Mesoscale (RPM) Modeling System

RPM is a numerical weather prediction system based on the Advanced Research Weather Research and Forecast system (WRF-ARW). RPM generates forecasts out to 24 hours with updates every 3 hours in the United States and every 6 hours outside the United States. Precipitation forecasts are calculated from half-hourly instantaneous precipitation forecasts output by RPM. Color differentiation is used in this graphical overlay to depict forecasted precipitation types (frozen, mixed, and non-frozen).

About WSI Corporation

WSI Corporation is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the aviation, media and energy markets. WSI’s proactive operation management suite ensures common situational awareness and continuity in decisions through every phase of flight. WSI is a member of The Weather Channel Companies and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England. The Weather Channel Companies are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information call (800) USA-2FLY; in the Eastern Hemisphere call +44 (0) 121 233 7600; or visit: www.wsi.com.