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Vaisala to supply ceilometers and visibility instruments to U.S. airports


15.11.2006 - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Vaisala a EUR 4.4 million contract to supply ceilometers and visibility instruments for the Federal Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) program. The contract includes several hundred instruments and an extended warranty of five years. Deliveries have started in April 2006 and will be completed in 2007. This is the second major FAA contract Vaisala has won within the past two years.

The AWOS program covers automated weather observation systems located at various airports throughout the United States. The systems measure temperature, dewpoint, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, visibility and cloud height and are owned and maintained by the FAA. The new ceilometers and visibility instruments will replace the equipment currently in use.

The Vaisala Present Weather Detector measures visibility up to 20 km, detecting also the precipitation type and intensity. The Vaisala Ceilometer is a compact laser instrument for reliable cloud base height and vertical visibility measurement. Innovative technology and proven product performance helped Vaisala secure the contract. Vaisala is the world leading supplier of visibility, present weather and cloud height sensors with an installed base of thousands of instruments at airports and automatic weather stations around the world.

The Vaisala Group is a successful international technology company that develops, manufactures and markets electronic measurement systems and products. Application areas include meteorology, environmental sciences, traffic and industry. In 2005 Vaisala achieved net sales of EUR 197.9 million. Vaisala products are used in over 100 countries. Parent company Vaisala Oyj, domicile in Finland, is listed on the Helsinki Exchanges in Finland. The Vaisala Group employs over 1,000 professionals and has offices and operations in Finland, North America, France, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Sweden, Malaysia, Japan and Australia.


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