HOUSTON – March 16, 2021 – Synoptic Data PBC, the leading weather data aggregation and distribution platform, and FlightAware, the largest global provider of flight information and insights, today announced a partnership to deliver real-time Mode-S derived aircraft weather data via Synoptic’s API services to weather-sensitive users in the public and private sector.

Synoptic is expanding its aircraft-based observations offering by leveraging FlightAware’s capability to deliver global derived temperature and wind data throughout the vertical extent of the atmosphere using FlightAware’s complete historical and predictive aviation information platform, Firehose.

Utilizing Mode-S weather data from tens of thousands of flights daily across the globe, Synoptic will provide its customers with a rich source of vertical weather profile information to enhance and improve weather forecast accuracy, increasing the amount of available aircraft weather data by as much as 400% in some situations.

In addition to direct use in aviation operations, weather data collected from aircraft is one of the most important inputs to both global and regional Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models. Being able to incorporate additional data like FlightAware’s Mode-S data, especially in data sparse regions, will increase weather model accuracy and allow customers the ability to deliver better forecasts, contributing to public safety, operational efficiencies, and effective planning.

“The drop in air travel due to COVID has dramatically reduced the volume of critical airborne observations worldwide, impacting NWP weather forecast accuracy by as much as 30 percent. This partnership provides an important additional source of vertical wind and temperature data that will have a direct impact on NWP performance, improving weather forecasts and by extension, improving operational efficiency for all weather-impacted businesses,” said Steve Woll, President of Synoptic Data PBC.

“We are excited to see FlightAware’s aircraft weather data used to improve public and private weather forecasts, which will have an impact not only on aviation but maritime, renewable energy, emergency management and any other weather-sensitive sector,” said Mark Duell, Vice President at FlightAware.

Contact Information

Henna Haroon, Marketing Director
+1 713.622.9958

Bill Edgar, Senior Director, Business Development
+1 425.508.7474


ABOUT FLIGHTAWARE – For more information, visit flightaware.com
FlightAware is the leading provider of real-time and historical flight information and insights to the global aviation community. FlightAware serves all segments of the aviation marketplace through best-in-class applications and data services that provide comprehensive information about the current and predicted movement of aircraft. Through the collection, interpretation, and enrichment of hundreds of sources of data, including data from FlightAware’s own proprietary terrestrial ADS-B network with tens of thousands of receivers spanning seven continents in 200 countries and territories, FlightAware transforms millions of raw flight data elements and delivers them as coherent, easy-to-consume flight stories. As a single source of accurate and actionable data for aviation players large and small, FlightAware is Central to Aviation™. FlightAware is privately held, with headquarters in Houston and sales offices in New York, Austin, Singapore, and London.

ABOUT SYNOPTIC DATA PBC – For more information, visit synopticdata.com
Synoptic Data PBC is the industry leader in aggregating, processing, and disseminating weather and other geophysical observational data for users in a variety of sectors and applications. With origins at the University of Utah’s MesoWest program more than 20 years ago, Synoptic was founded in 2011 to broaden the scope of services provided and expand the service to new customers and sectors. In addition to its technical services, Synoptic also provides contracting, marketing, and outreach services, helping connect data providers to data users. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Synoptic is organizationally committed to multiple stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, data providers, data users, global citizens, the environment, and the communities where we live and work.

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