The Weather Company, an IBM Business, has announced a partnership with low-altitude airspace services provider AirMap. This partnership will allow hyperlocal weather data to be delivered directly to drone operators via AirMap’s iOS and Apple Watch app accessesing Weather Company’s data. Weather Company data will also be accessible through the AirMap developer API, allowing further scalability and broader uses for the data.
This announcement comes shortly after the approval of FAA Part 107, a rule coming into effect at the end of August 2016. Part 107 establishes new rules for commercial drone flights, including the provision that operators of commercial drones are aware of local weather conditions.
In a release, Weather Company’s president of business solutions Mark Gildersleeve stated, “as a result of this AirMap deal, we can help drone operators not only be in compliance with Part 107 regulations, but also be able to leverage precise and accurate hyperlocal weather data to help guide decision-making and help work towards the safety, efficiency, and performance of their unmanned aircraft.”