WSI Providing Weather Data for FAA's East Coast UAT/ADS-B Test

WSI, the leader in aviation weather, is contracted to provide continuous

weather data

Apr 20, 2004, 01:00 ET from WSI Corporation

    ANDOVER, Mass., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- WSI Corporation today announced
 that it has been contracted to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) through
 MITRE Corporation to provide weather information for use in the FAA's East
 Coast Evaluation of the Automatic Dependant Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B)
 system.  The ADS-B system provides aircraft position reports and weather data
 to aircraft and ground stations equipped with a Universal Access Transceiver
 (UAT).  One hundred aircraft are planned to participate in the evaluation that
 will be conducted in the area of up to fourteen broadcast stations situated
 along the Mid-Atlantic to Southeastern coast of the United States.  The FAA's
 evaluation period of the system has been designated to run through the end of
 December 2004.  WSI is the only commercial provider of in-flight information
 to have been selected for the trial.
     "The award of the ADS-B contract to WSI is a testament to our commitment
 to innovation and quality weather information services," commented Lynne
 Wilson, Executive Vice President of WSI's Aviation and Marine Business Group.
 WSI has cooperated with the government on many aviation safety and weather
 service research and development projects over the years.  The company has
 contracts with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, MITRE Center
 for Advanced Aviation Systems Development, MIT Lincoln Labs, FAA Technical
 Center, NOAA Forecast Systems Lab, and NASA.  "We have supported projects such
 as the Lincoln Labs' Mode S Datalink for weather product transmission, NASA's
 Aviation Weather Information Network (AWIN), and ATC metering tools with MITRE
 CAASD," continued Wilson.  "This latest R&D effort is an integral part of our
 efforts to deliver superior services to the Commercial, General and
 Governmental segments of the Aviation Industry."
     Initially, WSI will provide WSI NOWrad(R), and textual reports to the ADS-
 B East Coast system.  The inclusion of additional specific weather products in
 the ADS-B system will be dependent upon the evaluation of the FAA.
     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, and
 multiple federal and state government agencies.  WSI is headquartered in
 Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England, and is a wholly
 owned subsidiary of Landmark Communications.
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