NBAA2015: Panasonic debuts 4DAero EFB weather app

Panasonic Weather Solutions 4DAero electronic flight bag (EFB) app.
Panasonic Weather Solutions 4DAero electronic flight bag (EFB) app.

Panasonic Weather Solutions has announced its 4DAero electronic flight bag (EFB) application.

This provides pilots with a user-friendly interactive display of a planned flight route, synchronised in time and space with accurate forecasted weather and other potential aviation hazards.

4DAero is a proprietary weather forecasting application that Panasonic says gives pilots access to the industry’s most accurate weather forecast and makes it available on an EFB platform.

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

Don DeBlasio, Executive Director of Panasonic Weather Solutions, said: “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.

“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 analyse 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 customised to include terrain features, navigation aids (NAVAIDS), airports, and flight information region (FIR) boundaries.

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

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