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Reliable & Efficient Real Time Weather Data SolutionsFor the first time, pilots in India will be able to gain online access to real-time weather data thanks to the Aviation Weather Observation System (AWOS) that was rolled out at Juhu Airport by IMD Mumbai.

This will now offer pilots a much-needed update to the system of weather warning, as the new system will continuously monitor weather conditions and, using the new air traffic control tower wifi, information on weather conditions will be relayed to pilots via hand-held PC’s.

The system will now give pilots real-time weather data regarding conditions of visibility, wind patterns, temperature, pressure and types of clouds in addition to advance weather warnings through a wireless capability of a range of 50 nautical miles.

The system will come into its own during monsoon season, during which visibility is most commonly affected. “It is a great leap in aviation meteorological forecasting,” said Deputy-Director General of meteorology, IMD Mumbai, K S Hosalikar, and said that the AAI had granted clearance for the installation and for the operation at the required frequency.

The rollout of the greatly enhanced system will be the first time that pilots in the area have had access to such up-to-date information as real-time weather data. It is expected that safety and operational productivity will show considerable improvements.

High Frequency Data Link (HFDL) for Aviation

Garmin International Inc., part of Garmin Ltd., has announced a new portable ADS-B and GPS receiver, the GDL 39 3D. The device adds simultaneous display of aircraft attitude information (pitch and roll), interactive mapping, traffic, and weather information to the Garmin Pilot(TM) application, and includes Garmin’s TargetTrend(TM) relative motion technology.

Garmin say that the subscription-free weather data provided with the system will be similar to that offered by commercial satellite weather providers while the dual link ADS-B receiver will be able to supply ADS-B traffic, weather, and WAAS GPS data to Bluetooth(R) compatible iOS and Android devices.

The GDL 39 3D is able to serve data to two devices wirelessly while hardwired to a third, and gathers traffic and weather information from the vicinity in such a way as to make it available the moment the device is switched on.

Garmin’s Vice President of Aviation Sales and Marketing, Carl Wolf said that the new device demonstrated the companies commitment to easing the transition to ADS-B for all aircraft owners.