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National Weather Service Uses Flight Explorer to Determine How Weather Patterns Impact Aviation Traffic

Fairfax, VA - February 4, 2002 -- Forecasters at the National Weather Service's (NWS) Southern Region are testing Flight Explorer® to determine the way in which weather patterns impact air traffic. The NWS is testing the software at its Weather Forecasting Office (WFO), Center Weather Service Unit and regional headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, as well as at WFOs in Houston, Miami and Atlanta.

Flight Explorer allows NWS forecasters to overlay images of all of the aircraft in the air atop detailed weather charts to provide a complete picture of the way in which weather impacts aviation traffic in the region.

"Flight Explorer gives our forecasters a higher aviation awareness quotient," said Bill Proenza, director of the NWS Southern Region. "It enables them to see, in real time, the complete air traffic picture around airports and anywhere along the air routes across the southern U.S."

Flight Explorer is the maker of Flight Explorer Professional® software, the easiest, most robust and reliable aircraft situation display in the industry. With only a personal computer and Internet access, commercial users and others providing aviation services can use Flight Explorer Professional 4.0 to track aircraft anywhere over the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, the UK and portions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Flight Explorer Professional updates aircraft positions every minute and refreshes screen views every 10 seconds.

Walt Kross, CEO of Flight Explorer, said, "We're very pleased to help the National Weather Service in any way with the critically important job they do, not only for the aviation industry, but for all Americans. The winter season - with its variety of weather patterns - will be a good test of the usefulness of Flight Explorer to the National Weather Service."

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The National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure, which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public and the global community.
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