New Airport Weather Data Service Solution from Vaisala
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Press release date: March 8, 2011
- Concept Developed in Cooperation with Finavia
(Helsinki, Finland, ) Vaisala introduces a completely new way of producing weather information for aviation purposes. In cooperation with Finnish airport and air navigation services provider Finavia, Vaisala has developed a concept called "AWOS as a Service", a solution which transfers the ownership and operation of all weather observation systems at an airport to Vaisala who then delivers the data to the customer as an automated service.
"Production of weather observations is one of those functions in airports that can be outsourced, and being able to leave that entire activity to someone else means that we can concentrate more efficiently in ATS and ANS services provision for our customers. All in all, this has a significant effect on the investments, efficiency and reliability of our operations. As the leading aviation weather solutions provider in the world, Vaisala was a natural choice for a partner", says Hannu Hervos, Vice President at Finavia's Air Navigation Services.
"For Vaisala, the concept opens up opportunities to extend the scope of our aviation weather expertise into new areas. For the customer, it is an easy and economical solution to receive the weather data they need to serve their customers. What we're talking about is a clear win-win situation for both parties," says Hannu Katajamäki, Director of Vaisala's Airports business.
The AWOS as a Service solution offers the airports a modern weather observation system without a care or concern for its operation. Vaisala makes sure that the system remains fully operational and compliant to regulations at all times, and continuously monitors its performance via a remote access.
Technically the solution is built around a Vaisala AviMet system with instrumentation that is based on each airport's ICAO category. The system includes all necessary displays for air traffic control, and provides the customer with real time weather data as well as automated METAR and SPECI messages.
At the moment, the new system is in operational use at Turku and Oulu airports, and undergoing a systems testing phase in two other Finnish airports. The AWOS as a Service concept has been approved by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi. Interested? Come meet us at the ATC Global 2011 (stand #D518a), and we'll tell you more.
More information: Hannu Katajamäki, Director, Airports - Vaisala Tel. +358 40 553 1707, hannu.katajamaki[at]vaisala.com Hannu Hervos, Vice President, Air Navigation Services - Finavia Tel. +358207082205, email hannu.hervos[at]finavia.fi
About Vaisala Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement. Building on 35 years of experience in developing aviation weather solutions, Vaisala has become the preferred choice for leading airports in the world when they need a partner they can rely on. The Vaisala AviMet product family is the world's most trusted airport weather observing and decision making support system, providing a common solution platform for all weather affected operations at an airport. www.vaisala.com/aviationweather
About Finavia Finavia Corporation is a service company that maintains a network of 25 airports in Finland. Finavia is responsible for controlling the use of Finnish airspace and providing air navigation services at Finnish airports. Finavia also performs security checks on passengers and luggage, keeps runways free of ice and snow and provides training. Finavias network of airports includes 18 civil aviation airports, four joint military and civil airports and three military airports. www.finavia.fi