April 9, 2013
Panasonic to acquire AirDat’s real-time weather data and superior forcasting technology
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), a leader in in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC), has expanded its product and service offering and its global communication network with the addition of AirDat’s real-time weather data and superior forecasting technology. Since 2003, AirDat’s advanced technology has changed the way commercial airlines, governments, energy providers, and commodity investors use weather forecast modeling to make better operational decisions. AirDat’s core technology is its Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting (TAMDAR) sensor, a patented device designed to collect sophisticated weather data from the atmosphere during the flight of an aircraft. The data will be transmitted over Panasonic’s global Ku-band aeronautical network and via the Iridium satellite network in real time to the AirDat operations center for analysis, distribution and assimilation into high-resolution models optimized for the real time data stream.