Press Release Summary:
Available for use with Multi-Function Displays, portable displays, and Electronic Flight Bags, InFlightÂ® AV-300 series systems help pilots in all aviation segments strategically avoid adverse weather. InFlight AV-300 receives WSI's aviation weather graphics and data service, while AV-350 is capable of receiving WSI weather service and SIRIUS Satellite Radio programming. To promote optimal operation, systems reject any interference from ground-based signals.
Original Press Release:
WSI Announces Combined Cockpit Weather and SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Aircraft operators and owners can now access WSI's industry leading aviation weather along with SIRIUS radio programming from one receiver
OSHKOSH, Wis. and ANDOVER, Mass., July 23 -- WSI Corporation ( www.wsi.com/ ) today announced the introduction of the new WSI InFlight(R) AV-300 datalink weather receiver and the all new AV-350, a cockpit weather system which will enable aircraft operators and owners to receive both WSI's industry leading aviation weather content plus SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) programming. Built as a replacement for the existing WSI InFlight AV100 and AV200 product lines, the AV-300 series offers expanded satellite coverage of SIRIUS as well as a more robust platform to host future product enhancements.
"The new AV-300 series will not only supply our customers with expanded satellite coverage but it will also provide a vigorous platform for WSI to deliver market leading innovations in in-cockpit aviation weather services well into the future," stated Laurence Vigeant-Langlois, PhD, Director of Product Management for WSI's Aviation Division. "WSI's offering can help pilots in all aviation segments strategically avoid adverse weather such as storms, icing and turbulence thanks to the most accurate content for the cockpit." WSI InFlight service includes the industry standard, extended range 400km WSI NOWrad(R) composite reflectivity radar mosaic and USPLN lightning data that provides extended coverage throughout North America and hundreds of miles off shore. "Combine WSI's premium aviation weather content, available simultaneously on multiple cockpit displays, with the capability to bring SIRIUS programming into the aircraft and you have an unmatched offering for pilots to consider."
The WSI InFlight AV-300 series systems offers pilots a choice between the AV-300, which receives WSI's aviation weather graphics and data service, or the AV-350, which is capable of receiving both the WSI weather service and SIRIUS. Compatible with a host of multi-function displays (MFDs) and electronic flight bags (EFBs), the tear drop shaped antenna and the new WSI InFlight receiver systems were purposely designed to have the same approximate footprints as the current systems in an effort to help current WSI InFlight customers transition over to the new hardware with minimal effort. Additionally, the new antenna and receiver have been engineered for maximum performance to reject any interference from ground-based signals and to take full advantage of satellite signal availability.
WSI has extended a special transition offer to all current WSI InFlight customers to assist with the switch over to the new hardware. Existing customers of the WSI InFlight service should contact their avionics dealer for complete details.
The new AV-300 series datalink receivers have been developed by the Avidyne Safety Systems Group in Columbus, OH and manufactured at Avidyne's facilities in Melbourne, FL. The new antenna has been developed by Micro-Ant, Inc. in South Easton, MA.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 Show Information
WSI will be showcasing and providing demonstrations of the new WSI InFlight AV-300 and AV-350 on several avionics displays in Hangar B, Booth 2123 at EAA AirVenture 2007, July 23-29 in Oshkosh, WI. WSI will also be hosting a special presentation, "Flying with Datalink Weather: Uses and Limitations of Cockpit Weather Data", presented by WSI's Director of Aviation Services, Arlo Gambell on Monday, July 23 from 2:30 to 3:45 at 10 Poly-Fiber Pavilion.
About WSI InFlight
The WSI InFlight AV-300 and AV-350 systems provide a continuous stream of aviation weather information to your portable or panel-mounted display via the SIRIUS satellite radio network with complete coverage and content for the majority of North America and the Caribbean at any altitude. WSI InFlight's datalink service keeps pilots aware of situations as they unfold, increasing flight decision confidence. WSI InFlight delivers the most accurate, up-to-date weather and related mission critical aviation information to any aircraft equipped with the WSI InFlight antenna and receiver including the industry's highest quality radar mosaic, WSI NOWrad(R), Radar Summary with storm cell height, speed of movement and direction, lighting data from the long range United States Precision Lightning Network (USPLN), cloud tops and Canadian radar. WSI's aviation weather content also delivers icing levels, surface analyses, winds and temperatures aloft, graphical and textual METARs, TAFs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, TFRs, PIREPs and city forecasts directly to the cockpit. The AV-350 receivers can optionally add more than 130 channels of SIRIUS sports, news, talk and commercial-free music programming to an aircraft audio system, selected wirelessly via a remote control.
Pricing & Availability
The WSI InFlight AV-300 series systems are available for use with a host of Multi-Function Displays (MFDs), portable displays and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and may be pre-ordered from WSI's network of authorized avionics dealers. Units are expected to start shipping in August, 2007. MSRP for the AV-300 receiver and antenna is $4,347, plus installation; MSRP for the AV-350 system is $5,949 plus installation. Weather data service plans for both systems start at $29.99 per month. A list of WSI InFlight Authorized Dealers is available on the web at: www.wsi.com/solutions/aviation/inflight/locator.asp
About WSI Corporation
WSI Corporation is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the aviation, media and energy markets. WSI provides the world's most innovative and trusted decision-support solutions for aviation professionals through every phase of flight. WSI's pre-flight briefing solutions include WSI Pilotbrief(R) which was recently voted #1 by professional pilots for the 9th year in a row. Daily, thousands of aviation professionals around the world trust the WSI Pilotbrief system, at the nation's top FBOs and corporate flight departments and the WSI InFlight(R) cockpit weather system to provide them with the necessary information to plan safe flights. WSI also supplies cockpit weather services via the Flight Information Service for the FAA pilot programs involving Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B), including Capstone and SafeFlight 21. Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England, WSI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Landmark Communications, Inc.
For more information call (800) USA-2FLY, or visit: www.wsi.com/
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