The Weather Company has signed a deal with Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO), enabling the delivery of real-time turbulence reports and alerts directly to pilots, dispatch and other operations personnel, the company said.
Gogo plans to implement Weather´s patented turbulence auto PIREP system (TAPS), a turbulence detection algorithm, on its aircraft-based communications server.
The TAPS software will reside on Gogo´s server, which provides access to the necessary data generated by the aircraft to create reports of turbulence intensity. Gogo´s US-based air-to-ground and global satellite communication network is used to send the reports for immediate action in flight operations and weather forecasting. This is the first time a non-traditional system on the aircraft will be used to help enhance flight safety.
Gogo provides in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment services for commercial and business fleets around the world. It has partnerships with 17 commercial airlines and is installed on more than 2,500 commercial aircraft.
The Weather Company is a large private weather enterprise that delivers up to 26 billion forecasts daily for 2.2 billion locations.