Rockwell Collins to provide sand and dust storm forecast for business aviation operators

ARINCDirect Sand and Dust storm forecast display

Using ARINCDirect, business aviation operators can identify in advance areas where visibility is forecast to be limited by blowing dust/sand, which could impact go/no-go flight decisions Click to enlarge

  • New forecasts will be integrated into ARINCDirect flight planning tools
  • Increases safety for operators in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (December 6, 2016) - Rockwell Collins is integrating regional sand and dust storm forecast information into the company’s ARINCDirectSM flight planning tools, enabling business aviation operators in those areas to improve safety and on-time performance.

“Over the past 15 years, a number of factors have resulted in an increase in the frequency, intensity and operational impact of sand and dust storms in the Middle East and surrounding areas,” said Bob Richard, senior director, ARINCDirect for Rockwell Collins. “Integrating high-resolution forecast information into our flight and international trip support services will provide safety and performance benefits for business aviation operators in the region.”

The data used by ARINCDirect is sourced and exclusively licensed from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, host of the first World Meteorological Organization’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Center with activity specialization on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast, the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center for the EuMEA region. The data has been used by government authorities for air quality monitoring, as well as industrial and aviation interests.

The integration is currently in beta testing and is available for demonstration in the Rockwell Collins booth, #421, at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association Show (MEBAA 2016), Jebel Ali, Dubai, December 6-8, 2016.

ARINCDirect provides business aviation operators with the single most comprehensive portfolio of flight support solutions in the industry including cabin connectivity services, flight planning, regional and international trip support and flight operations management.

About Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is the national supercomputing centre in Spain. BSC specializes in High Performance Computing (HPC) and its mission is two-fold: to provide infrastructure and supercomputing services to European scientists, and to generate knowledge and technology to transfer to business and society.

About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative aviation and high-integrity solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

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