The Weather Co. Meets AirMap; Drone Pilots Get Real-Time Forecasts

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 03, 2016 No Comments

Thanks to a new partnership with The Weather Co. (an IBM Business), AirMap – a provider of low-altitude airspace management services for unmanned aircraft – will be able to deliver real-time, hyperlocal weather data directly to drone operators.

Operators will access the data from AirMap’s app for iOS and Apple Watch, as well as its application program interfaces for developers.

Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap and an airline transport rated pilot and flight instructor, says, “The availability of real-time, hyperlocal weather data from The Weather Co. will help today’s drone pilots avoid hazardous and severe weather and will be absolutely critical for safe, efficient flight planning and operations of more autonomous, beyond visual-line-of-sight drones.”

The Weather Co.’s forecasting platform produces weather forecasts every 15 minutes for 2.2 billion locations worldwide. Drone operators will gain access to real-time data such as current and forecasted conditions, including temperature, precipitation, pressure and cloud cover. The cloud-based platform provides an average of 20 million forecasts daily, says AirMap.

Mark Gildersleeve, president of business solutions at The Weather Co., adds, “As a result of this AirMap deal, we can help drone operators not only be in compliance with Part 107 regulations but also be able to leverage precise and accurate hyperlocal weather data to help guide decision-making and help work towards the safety, efficiency and performance of their unmanned aircraft.”

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