Belfort to Provide Weather Instrumentation Support for Wright Experience Flight Operations

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Support marks the 100 year anniversary celebration of BelfortÂ?s presence at the Wright Brothers historical flight in 1903

Warrenton, VA (PRWEB) May 16, 2003. The Wright Experience announced today that Belfort Instrument Company will provide a DigiWx automated weather system for flight testing and pilot training at its Warrenton, VA airfield and for support of the re-creation of Orville Wright’s inaugural flight planned for this December, precisely 100 years later at the exact location of the original flight on the dunes of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Belfort’s support on this event is fitting as Belfort’s revolutionary recording weather station was operational at Weather Station #6 in Kitty Hawk, NC as part of a national network for the U.S. Weather Bureau. The Wright Brothers monitored these instruments as they prepared for their famous flight on December 17th, 1903.    

Using its advanced wireless/digital architecture, the DigiWx system will provide real time monitoring of various mission critical weather parameters including local winds – a critical variable for both the original and re-creation flights. The DigiWx weather system will be relocated to Kitty Hawk in early fall and through its unique internet accessible display software, the pilots and support crew responsible for the re-creation of the Wright’s inaugural flight will be able to closely monitor the current weather information as well as trends from a remote location.

“The DigiWx system clearly meets our needs for closely monitoring the wind conditions both here and at Kitty Hawk” stated Ken Hyde, founder of the Wright Experience. “Both the 1902 glider and the 1903 Wright Flyer were highly susceptible to variations in wind conditions and it is critical that we monitor this variable closely at the precise location of our flight operations” Hyde continued.

“We are honored to provide Ken and his team a DigiWx system – it seems only fitting given Belfort’s history with the Wright Brothers” stated Mark W. Decker, President of Belfort Instrument Company. “Nearly 100 years ago, Orville’s infamous telegraph announcing their first flight also reported the gusty nor’easter that greatly impacted the success of their maiden mission. “Winds NE at 21 knots” may very well have been the most important weather report in the history of aviation” Decker continued.

Belfort will also be donating a replica of its U. S. Weather Bureau Station (circa 1897-1913) for inclusion in the First Flight Centennial Pavillion collection early this summer.

About The Wright Experience:

The Wright Experience, founded by Ken Hyde, is the production team that is leading the research, reconstruction, testing, analysis and documentation of the authentic full-scale reproduction of the Wright Brothers’ developmental aircraft and engines. For more information, visit their website:

About Belfort Instrument Company:

Belfort is a leading supplier of advanced environmental sensors to clients world-wide and is located in Baltimore, MD where the company was founded in 1876. For more information, visit their website:


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