WSI to Preview Pilotbrief Optima 1.1 for iPad at NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

Weather Authority to Demonstrate New iPad App Version with Mobile Weather Depiction for Global Flight Routes


Andover Ma, January 16, 2012 - WSI (Weather Services International), the most trusted name in aviation decision support, today announced that it would be demonstrating WSI Pilotbrief Optima 1.1, an updated version of the acclaimed Pilotbrief Optima application for the iPad at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in San Diego, January 15-18 (booth # 1008).

The latest 1.1 release features unrivaled, new, global weather content and WSI’s proprietary Enroute Hazards forecasts, which identify areas of severe turbulence, icing and convection, as well as locations of volcanic ash and dust throughout the world.

Pilotbrief Optima 1.1 also includes WSI’s Proprietary Global Tropical SATrad, a radar product derived from satellite imagery enabling pilots to visualize areas of deepest convection around the inter-tropical convergence zone. It also offers newly added European, Canadian and Australian radar, as well as global IR Satellite imagery, providing a complete weather picture anywhere in the world. The European radar product, highlighting the winter storm mosaic, allows pilots to see the areas of rain, mix and snow to understand how weather will impact their flights.

“Pilotbrief Optima already features the best pre-flight briefing with the most route-relevant weather available. Now, combining the ability to overlay flight routes with our global weather, our new 1.1 version will help pilots plan an even safer, smoother and more efficient route, no matter where they are going,” said Jamie Zajac, WSI Pilotbrief Optima product manager. “WSI’s global EnRoute Hazards forecasts make it easy for pilots to avoid areas of deepest convection, severe icing and turbulence. Our forecasters take the guess-work out of interpreting the weather.”

The new WSI iPad app is a companion product to the browser-based Pilotbrief Optima service. Both versions are integrated together enabling users to save and view routes in both adaptations of the product.

About Pilotbrief Optima Service
The innovative WSI Pilotbrief Optima service features a powerful new mapping engine with unrivalled performance, high definition convective weather depiction and enhanced global overlays. When combined with flight plan and airspace overlays, the high definition weather information improves route planning and builds confidence in decision-making.

The original WSI Pilotbrief Optima iPad App offers mobile access to:

  • High definition weather layers, Radar, Satellite IR, VIL and EchoTop mosaics
  • Route Specific Weather and NOTAM Briefings
  • Recently FAA cleared flight routes
  • Tropical Storm Tracks
  • Textual Aviation Weather Reports and Forecast
  • Ten day planning forecasts

To learn more about WSI’s Pilotbrief Optima 1.1 iPad app and its availability for Pilotbrief Optima subscribers, visit booth #1008 at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in San Diego, January 15-18, or contact Jamie Zajac at or 978-983-6759.

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 PilotbriefTM is an integral component of WSI’s comprehensive flight decision support solution, which includes WSI Hubcast® terminal forecasts and alerting for airport stakeholders, InFlightTM datalink for pilots, as well as the WSI FusionTM 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 enhances weather decision making 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 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, please contact:

Linda Maynard
WSI Corporation
(978) 983-6607

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Barbara Rudolph
Rudolph Communications, LLC
(781) 229-1811