Real time thunderstorm Information all along the flight and for airport operations

Founded in 2016 by

  • Dr. Arnold Tafferner

  • Dr. Caroline Forster

Incubation period

15-09-2013 to 14-09-2015



WxFUSION makes innovative thunderstorm information accessible to the market. The company does not, however, limit itself to a technology that puts to work current research results from cloud physics and traffic meteorology for aviation: It also aims to develop new methods to increase the societal applications of this technology. By opening up its technology to additional target groups like civil defense, outdoor sports and event planners WxFUSION makes our lives just that much safer.

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The challenge

Thunderstorms endanger flight safety and cause delays and disruptions in the air transport system resulting in considerable costs of 900Mio.€ per year in Europe. Traditional weather products available to date are not sufficient to provide the necessary information to mitigate these effects since they provide only a rough estimate on the occurrence of thunderstorms. WxFUSION offers the solution with its real time thunderstorm information that renders the accurate location and time of the occurrence of thunderstorms including a forecast up to one hour. The information is provided via web-based services to decision makers at airports, air navigation services, and airlines, and depicted in their own displays and systems. By using data link technologies these data will also be up-linked into the cockpit of aircraft.

The solution

Geostationary meteorological satellite and ground weather radar data are used to detect, track, and forecast thunderstorms up to one hour (=nowcast). The information is frequently updated (up to 5 minutes updates depending on satellite and radar data availability) and provided to the customers in real time, thus giving an overview on the current thunderstorm situation and its development within the next hour. The benefits are:
•    for the first time thunderstorm information so accurate allowing to make decisions based on this information
•    better strategic planning of flight routes and operations
•    increased safety through avoiding thunderstorms in time
•    improved comfort through avoiding turbulence regions related to thunderstorms
•    reduced delays
•    reduced fuel consumption
•    reduced costs