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Niklaes Persson, Head of R&D at AVTECH and a commercial airline pilot himself, explains that the proFLIGHT app gives pilots a graphical view of the exact location of the aircraft and the surrounding weather, including invisible turbulence.
“To download the flight plan to proFLIGHT, a pilot that is registered in our system only needs to choose the flight number from a list in the app, which then automatically downloads all the needed data for that flight”, Persson says. “But it is much more than just another weather app. Having unique access to Met Office’s 10 KM resolution weather data, which our backend servers extract individually for every flight, proFLIGHT significantly improves the accuracy of the weather. This in turn improves the situation awareness in the cockpit dramatically compared with other weather services available.”
However, since pilots are a traditional species, the data can also be shown in the traditional way waypoint by waypoint; it is up to the pilot to choose how to visualize the information. Persson points out that although proFLIGHT has a simple interface, the app combines AVTECH’s premium weather services, Aventus Sigma and Aventus Nowcast.
“The data is always up-to-date when the aircraft takes off and can also be updated during the flight if the aircraft has an Internet connection”, he says. “In addition, SIGMETs are also digitally visualized in the app instead of just as a plain text including a list of coordinates from the aircraft’s printer.”
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