Honeywell’s Weather Information Service app assists the flight crew in making strategic, in-flight decisions with respect to weather information by providing up-to-date weather data (e.g. along route, areas of interest, etc.). Additionally, Weather Information Service can provide optimization of the flight path due to the availability of the most recent weather information.
This service utilizes an electronic flight bag (EFB) datalink application that assists the flight crew in decision-making related to route safety and optimization. The system uses real-time weather and trend information from the cockpit, as well as enhanced communication including current weather, historical weather patterns, and weather forecast to give the flight crew the clearest view of weather.
Weather Information Service runs on iPad along with Windows desktops and Microsoft Surface tablets.
Reduced Pilot Workload
Increased Situational Awareness
Enhanced Operational Safety
Improved Alternate Route Planning
Reduced Fuel Use & Emissions
Weather Products Include:
Radar displaying observed precipitation
Cumulonimbus Clouds displaying forecasted vertical convection and cloud top
Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) displaying forecasted clear air turbulence
Displaying cloud heights
3-D winds aloft (presenting direction and speed)
Significant Meteorological Information (SIGMET)
Terminal Area Conditions (METAR) / Terminal Area Forecast (TAF/D) / Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS)
Flight plan uplink and display, helpful for planning route modifications
Vertical profile presentation for uplinked flight plan
Lightning strike data
New Features in Weather Information Service v. 1.2
Lightning as a globally available observational weather product. The addition of observed lightning allows the user to identify areas of weather to be avoided in regions of the world where ground based radar data is not yet available. When combined with observed satellite cloud cover data, the flight crews and dispatchers can better plan routes through areas with weather hazards.
Upgraded "time bar" that allows the user to play or pause weather observation data, to view weather trends over time more easily.
Simplified weather data settings: now it's easier to quickly choose weather products for display, and choose timeframe settings.
New flight planning features: now you can copy and paste your flight plans into Weather Information Service, or manually create a simple point-to-point flight plan.
Improvements based on feedback received from certification bodies.
Bug fixes and usability improvements throughout the product.