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.
More information about WSI can be found at: http://www.wsi.com
SOURCE WSI Corporation