Flight Explorer, David R. Bornemann Associates, Inc. and WSI Join Technologies To Enable Airlines to Improve Their Customers' Travel Experience

Automated Data Entry Innovation Will Give Airline Dispatchers Greater Ability

To Anticipate and React to Weather Delays,

Peak Traffic and System Uncertainties



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Flight Explorer

    FAIRFAX, Va. and TAMPA, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for
 the influx of summer air travel, three aviation-related companies today
 announced that they are linking their technologies to help make it possible
 for the nation's airlines to smooth out air traffic problems during peak
 periods by giving airline dispatchers greater ability to anticipate and react
 to weather delays, peak traffic congestion and system uncertainties.  The
 result will be a better travel experience for airline customers.  The
 announcement was made at the Regional Airline Association Annual Convention in
 Tampa, Florida.
     The companies are:  Flight Explorer, the leading provider of
 Internet-based real-time flight tracking and information systems; David R.
 Bornemann Associates, Inc.(dRb), the leading provider of PC-based flight
 planning, aircraft tracking and flight crew scheduling software; and WSI, the
 leading provider of aviation weather.  They will integrate their systems to
 automate the exchange of real-time data and display information among the
 varied systems that airline dispatchers use to monitor and manage flights.
     "This is a real winner for the airlines and their customers," said Walter
 Kross, president and CEO of Flight Explorer.  "Giving dispatchers these
 powerful tools to do their jobs better and more efficiently enables them to
 improve the safety and convenience of the air travel experience.  We're
 excited to join with David Bornemann to make this possible for the first time.
 Reaction from the airlines has been very favorable."
     David Bornemann said, "The interface with Flight Explorer allows
 dispatchers to make better operational decisions, reducing data input errors
 and substantially reducing the time it takes to enter data.  It also enhances
 the value of the dRb software for our airline customers."
     John Muscarella, vice president of marketing and sales for WSI, said,
 "Since our three companies are all leaders in their field, share numerous
 clients, and provide critical services that must closely interact, this
 alliance made perfect sense, both for us and our customers.  Our combined
 offerings will help to simplify operations within a dispatch department, and
 most certainly improve safety and efficiency for the airlines."
     Currently, dispatchers at local and regional airports must manually input
 critical flight information, updating it throughout the day, to keep track of
 thousands of aircraft across the county - a time-consuming and cumbersome
 task.  Linking the Flight Explorer system -- which receives and processes
 flight information directly from the Federal Aviation Administration -- with
 the dRb software and WSI weather data, will automate the process, providing
 dispatchers with real-time information and alerts concerning:
 
     *  Time departures
     *  Estimated time of arrival
     *  Route flown to route planned
     *  Flights ahead of and behind flight plan
     *  Fuel consumption
     *  Holding patterns
     *  Weather patterns
     *  Diversions
     *  Departure and arrival times
     *  Downstream scheduling delays
 
     The requirements for the linked systems were developed in partnership with
 Midwest Express, Atlantic Coast Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and
 others.  Integration testing was performed with WestJet Airlines.
 
     About Flight Explorer
     Flight Explorer is the world's leading provider of Internet-based
 real-time flight tracking and information systems.  It produces the industry's
 best Internet-delivered real-time aircraft situation display (ASD).  Flight
 Explorer is the easiest, most powerful and reliable ASD in the industry.  With
 only a personal computer and Internet access, anyone -- from a major airline
 dispatcher to a corporate travel manager to an aviation enthusiast -- can use
 Flight Explorer to track one aircraft -- or thousands -- anywhere in the
 United States and Canada.  Customers include United Airlines, American
 Airlines, American Eagle, US Airways, AirTran, Atlantic Coast Airlines,
 Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Trans Air, Air Alaska, Spirit Airlines, UPS, MCI
 WorldCom, Raytheon and airport authorities in more than two dozen states.  For
 more information, call 703-383-0048 or visit www.flightexplorer.com .
 
     About David R. Bornemann Associates Inc.
     Bornemann Associates (dRb) was formed in 1978 to provide independent data
 processing expertise and software products to the aviation industry.  The firm
 specializes in computer software development and professional consulting
 assistance; its staff members are experienced in the identification and
 evaluation of alternative data processing and operations research techniques,
 and the effective application of these techniques to the solution of airline
 technical problems.  The members of the firm's technical staff have more than
 300 years of aviation information systems experience, primarily in the
 development, implementation, and support of computer-based systems for airline
 schedule development, crew scheduling, flight planning, and operations
 control.  In addition, the firm's customer support organization is composed
 entirely of former airline managers and supervisors who embody over 200 years
 of relevant experience in the airline industry.
 
     About WSI
     Established in 1978, WSI is the world's largest commercial provider of
 weather information for aviation, media, industry and, government.  WSI is the
 primary weather provider for more than 80% of the major U.S. airlines, as well
 as numerous international and regional carriers.  WSI also serves over
 1000 corporate flight departments, 800 of the U.S.'s busiest FBOs, and is the
 source for graphical weather data for the FAA's Flight Service Stations for
 pilot briefings.  WSI products are seen daily by millions of TV viewers on the
 Weather Channel, CNN and on major TV newscasts across the country.
 
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SOURCE Flight Explorer
    FAIRFAX, Va. and TAMPA, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for
 the influx of summer air travel, three aviation-related companies today
 announced that they are linking their technologies to help make it possible
 for the nation's airlines to smooth out air traffic problems during peak
 periods by giving airline dispatchers greater ability to anticipate and react
 to weather delays, peak traffic congestion and system uncertainties.  The
 result will be a better travel experience for airline customers.  The
 announcement was made at the Regional Airline Association Annual Convention in
 Tampa, Florida.
     The companies are:  Flight Explorer, the leading provider of
 Internet-based real-time flight tracking and information systems; David R.
 Bornemann Associates, Inc.(dRb), the leading provider of PC-based flight
 planning, aircraft tracking and flight crew scheduling software; and WSI, the
 leading provider of aviation weather.  They will integrate their systems to
 automate the exchange of real-time data and display information among the
 varied systems that airline dispatchers use to monitor and manage flights.
     "This is a real winner for the airlines and their customers," said Walter
 Kross, president and CEO of Flight Explorer.  "Giving dispatchers these
 powerful tools to do their jobs better and more efficiently enables them to
 improve the safety and convenience of the air travel experience.  We're
 excited to join with David Bornemann to make this possible for the first time.
 Reaction from the airlines has been very favorable."
     David Bornemann said, "The interface with Flight Explorer allows
 dispatchers to make better operational decisions, reducing data input errors
 and substantially reducing the time it takes to enter data.  It also enhances
 the value of the dRb software for our airline customers."
     John Muscarella, vice president of marketing and sales for WSI, said,
 "Since our three companies are all leaders in their field, share numerous
 clients, and provide critical services that must closely interact, this
 alliance made perfect sense, both for us and our customers.  Our combined
 offerings will help to simplify operations within a dispatch department, and
 most certainly improve safety and efficiency for the airlines."
     Currently, dispatchers at local and regional airports must manually input
 critical flight information, updating it throughout the day, to keep track of
 thousands of aircraft across the county - a time-consuming and cumbersome
 task.  Linking the Flight Explorer system -- which receives and processes
 flight information directly from the Federal Aviation Administration -- with
 the dRb software and WSI weather data, will automate the process, providing
 dispatchers with real-time information and alerts concerning:
 
     *  Time departures
     *  Estimated time of arrival
     *  Route flown to route planned
     *  Flights ahead of and behind flight plan
     *  Fuel consumption
     *  Holding patterns
     *  Weather patterns
     *  Diversions
     *  Departure and arrival times
     *  Downstream scheduling delays
 
     The requirements for the linked systems were developed in partnership with
 Midwest Express, Atlantic Coast Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and
 others.  Integration testing was performed with WestJet Airlines.
 
     About Flight Explorer
     Flight Explorer is the world's leading provider of Internet-based
 real-time flight tracking and information systems.  It produces the industry's
 best Internet-delivered real-time aircraft situation display (ASD).  Flight
 Explorer is the easiest, most powerful and reliable ASD in the industry.  With
 only a personal computer and Internet access, anyone -- from a major airline
 dispatcher to a corporate travel manager to an aviation enthusiast -- can use
 Flight Explorer to track one aircraft -- or thousands -- anywhere in the
 United States and Canada.  Customers include United Airlines, American
 Airlines, American Eagle, US Airways, AirTran, Atlantic Coast Airlines,
 Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Trans Air, Air Alaska, Spirit Airlines, UPS, MCI
 WorldCom, Raytheon and airport authorities in more than two dozen states.  For
 more information, call 703-383-0048 or visit www.flightexplorer.com .
 
     About David R. Bornemann Associates Inc.
     Bornemann Associates (dRb) was formed in 1978 to provide independent data
 processing expertise and software products to the aviation industry.  The firm
 specializes in computer software development and professional consulting
 assistance; its staff members are experienced in the identification and
 evaluation of alternative data processing and operations research techniques,
 and the effective application of these techniques to the solution of airline
 technical problems.  The members of the firm's technical staff have more than
 300 years of aviation information systems experience, primarily in the
 development, implementation, and support of computer-based systems for airline
 schedule development, crew scheduling, flight planning, and operations
 control.  In addition, the firm's customer support organization is composed
 entirely of former airline managers and supervisors who embody over 200 years
 of relevant experience in the airline industry.
 
     About WSI
     Established in 1978, WSI is the world's largest commercial provider of
 weather information for aviation, media, industry and, government.  WSI is the
 primary weather provider for more than 80% of the major U.S. airlines, as well
 as numerous international and regional carriers.  WSI also serves over
 1000 corporate flight departments, 800 of the U.S.'s busiest FBOs, and is the
 source for graphical weather data for the FAA's Flight Service Stations for
 pilot briefings.  WSI products are seen daily by millions of TV viewers on the
 Weather Channel, CNN and on major TV newscasts across the country.
 
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