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STORY BY JOHN CROFT,
FAA NEXTGEN OUTREACH AND REPORTING

P

ilots now have access to new weather data

Transportation Safety Board to send pilots more

in their cockpits over the 978 megahertz

timely information on areas of convective weather.

Universal Access Transceiver link.

Graphical AIRMETs, showing regions of potentially

In June 2018, the FAA began broadcasting

hazardous weather, were added to help pilots more

six new weather products:

easily visualize the threats.
Pilots generally view weather

lightning strikes, turbulence,
icing forecasts, cloud
tops, graphical Airmen's
Meteorological Information
and Center Weather
Advisories. The new weather
information will complement
the original 13 "baseline"
weather products - including
Next Generation Weather
Radar mosaics, winds aloft
and terminal forecasts - in the
Flight Information ServicesBroadcast feed.
"There were discussions

THE GENERAL AVIATION
COMMUNITY WILL
BENEFIT FROM THE
NEW FAA PRODUCTS,

WHICH
SHOULD
BOOST SAFETY
AND WEATHER
SITUATIONAL
AWARENESS.

data in applications on installed or
portable devices.
The general aviation community
will benefit from the new FAA
products, which should boost
safety and weather situational
awareness. "We have been
advocating for these new weather
products because of the in-flight
safety benefits they provide," said
Rune Duke, senior director of
government affairs for the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association.
Deciding what data can be

in the past about lightning,

uplinked and at what rate is

turbulence, icing and cloud

like putting together a puzzle,
as available bandwidth is

tops, and how those would
be valuable to general aviation pilots," said Bob

limited on the 978 MHz link. The FAA considered

Pomrink, a senior systems engineer supporting the

uplinking turbulence forecasts every 60 seconds

Federal Aviation Administration on the program.

- the refresh rate of the model-based graphical

The FAA added Center Weather Advisories to
address a recommendation by the National

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