Indian airline set to provide weather data

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Indian airline IndiGo has signed an agreement with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to provide crucial weather data from its aircraft sensors. The low-cost carrier will provide data for wind, humidity and temperature.

The move comes as India’s meteorological department has been lacking data due to most flight operations being cancelled during the national lockdown as well as staff constraints.

IndiGo pilots will report high-level wind and temperatures at different stages of flight as requested by the IMD. They will capture and share observations at cruising altitude midway through the journey, at cruising altitude just before starting the descent, near FL100, near FL050 and position in coordinates within two hours of observations to support forecasts.

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