Panasonic Weather Solutions Announces 4DAero, a Highly Accurate Electronic Flight Bag Weather Forecasting Application

Gary TesterPress Releases

LAS VEGAS, NV — 17 NOVEMBER 2015 — Panasonic Weather Solutions (Panasonic), a division within Panasonic Avionics Corporation, today announced its 4DAero, an electronic flight bag (EFB) application. This new solution provides pilots a user-friendly, interactive display of a planned flight route synchronized in time and space with highly accurate forecasted weather and other potential aviation hazards from the Panasonic 4D Weather platform.

Panasonic Weather Solutions’ 4DAero is a proprietary weather forecasting application that gives pilots access to the industry’s most accurate weather forecast and makes it available in an EFB platform. It offers unprecedented situational awareness that optimizes strategic flight planning and real-time, in-flight tactical navigation decision-making. PWS announced the application at the 2015 National Business Aviation Association conference.

4DAero provides a global base map that includes an aircraft’s flight route with selectable graphical overlays that depict:

• Thunderstorms (Live Radar and Forecasted Storms)
• Turbulence (Reported and Forecasted)
• Detailed Winds Aloft (Surface through 45,000 ft.)
• Icing and icing potential
• Temperature
• Airport conditions
• Standard aviation weather products such as SIGMETS, TAFs, METARS
• Dynamically changing NOTAMs such as temporary flight restrictions (TFR), unplanned runway closures, and special activity airspace (SAA) activations
• Hazards such as lightning occurrences and wind shear advisories

“4DAero is the best EFB solution for pilots who need to make fast and informed decisions in very critical situations. 4DAero will also significantly increase the efficiency of flight operations,” said Don DeBlasio, Executive Director of Panasonic Weather Solutions. “4DAero relies on the Panasonic 4D Weather platform, which includes our unique atmospheric datasets, which are collected in real time by hundreds of commercial aircraft in flight. It also includes our advanced 4D quality control and proprietary weather models. When combined, these services provide weather forecasts that consistently surpass the accuracy of other weather services — government or civilian.”

A pilot using 4DAero can analyze potential changes to the route of flight graphically with drag and drop, as well as by editing waypoints. Based on forecasted weather and aviation flight warnings, pilots can adjust their route to avoid expected hazards or undesired conditions, both laterally and vertically, to create a safer and more efficient flight path.

The 4DAero display can be customized to include terrain features, navigation aids (NAVAIDS), airports, and flight information region (FIR) boundaries.

4DAero provides the most current en-route information available when connected via the Internet, including while airborne using Panasonic Global Communications Services, the industry leading satellite broadband service, and SmartSky 4G LTE, the next generation in Air-To-Ground broadband networks. Whether in-flight or on the ground, pilots can download the latest information affecting the planned route of flight and the surrounding area, including the latest weather forecasts.

4DAero will be commercially available in Spring 2016, initially on the iOS platform.

About Panasonic Weather Solutions
Today, as the only private entity in the world using an end-to-end weather modeling platform, from raw atmospheric data to forecast output using custom-developed 4D assimilation and global weather modeling, Panasonic is working with leading airlines to improve operational performance and passenger safety, as well as become more environmentally friendly by reducing fuel burn and CO2 emissions via flight optimization. For more information, please visit panasonicweather.com.

Panasonic Weather Solutions is a division of Panasonic Avionics Corporation.

Panasonic Contact: 
Brian Bardwell
Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: +1 949 462 1742
Brian.Bardwell@panasonic.aero

SmartSky Contact: 
Christine Hall
Tel: +1 800 660 9982, ext 718
media@SmartSkyNetworks.com