A helicopter emergency services (HEMS) weather summit will be held tomorrow in Washington, D.C. The event is sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in conjunction with the National EMS Pilots Association, FAA, National Weather Service and the International Helicopter Safety Team. An inaugural summit, held in 2006, resulted in the development of the aviation digital data service HEMS weather tool.
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A new turbulence-detection and -avoidance system now operating at Juneau International Airport (JNU) in Alaska is expected to be adapted for additional U.S. airports beginning with those most often affected by dangerously unstable air. Juneau often closes during bouts of significant turbulence to avoid risk to people, cargo and aircraft.
Because of the popularity of tablet computers like the Apple iPad, as well as a variety of glass-cockpit displays capable of showing Next Generation Radar (Nexrad), the NTSB has issued a Safety Alert cautioning pilots about the limitations of the mosaic weather radar data displayed in these new delivery devices.
Weather was not my best subject in flight school, though I readily accepted its importance for pilots. On the FAA written exam for my ATP, six of the eight questions I got wrong were about weather.
Honeywell won a $49 million contract to upgrade the National Weather Service’s ground-radar, wind-profiler network that will predict severe storms earlier and provide more accurate warnings of upcoming storms. Honeywell’s work on the production phase of the next-generation NOAA wind-profiler network includes upgrading the NOAA network of wind profilers that provide upper air wind data for crucial weather forecasting tasks.
Forecast International, known for development of the 10-year unit and value production forecast for aerospace, defense, electronics and power systems industries, is unveiling its new Platinum Forecast System here at the Singapore Airshow.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is criticizing the Commerce Department’s proposal to close the National Weather Service center weather service units (CWSU) at each of the 20 air route traffic control centers in the continental U.S.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is panning the Commerce Department’s proposal–released on Thursday–to close the National Weather Service center weather service units (CWSU) at each of the 20 air route traffic control centers in the continental U.S. According to Natca, these forecast units provide real-time, face-to-face weather guidance to air traffic controllers and air traffic management supervisors.
GlobalAir.com last month announced the addition of a winds-aloft forecast to the national weather section of its airport resource center. The new section includes a forecast of wind and temperature at specific altitudes.
Winter weather, freezing temperatures and snow, wind or thunderstorms can add significantly to a flight crew’s stress level. And obtaining accurate and precise weather information is essential, not only for getting there safely, but also for calculating the optimal route in terms of time saved and fuel burned. Many weather tools are of limited use for flight planning because they focus only on the weather that’s happening on the ground.
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