METAR

October 7, 2013 - 1:00pm

The FAA published the new version of its Notices to Airmen (Notam) guide–JO 7930.2N–on September 25 to bring airport operators up to ICAO standards. For example, Notams must now include key words or phrases to make them easier to identify and sort. New terms might include {{BEGIN SMALL CAPS}} RWY, TWY, APRON, AD, OBST, NAV, COM, SVC, AIRSPACE, ODF, SID and STAR{{END SMALL CAPS}} among others.

January 24, 2013 - 3:25pm

The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch released factual details yesterday on the fatal crash of an AgustaWestland A109E helicopter in central London last week, highlighting the poor visibility the pilot was facing. The light twin hit a 719-foot-high crane jib at 7:59:25 a.m., killing the pilot and one person in the street below. It was flying back to Redhill after an aborted attempt to land at Elstree aerodrome.

December 24, 2012 - 3:30pm

Pilots who operate ADS-B-equipped aircraft in any of seven U.S. terminal airspace regions can now take advantage of free air traffic advisories and weather information. The areas include Fairbanks (FAI) in Alaska; Lansing (LAN) in Michigan; Moses Lake (MWH), Pasco (PSC) and Yakima (YKM) in Washington state; as well as Waterloo (ALO) in Iowa; and Youngstown (YNG) in Ohio.

June 28, 2012 - 9:28am
Eyjafjallajökull volcano

A special group established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in response to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland in April 2010 has released a series of practical tools and recommendations to “significantly” mitigate the effect of future volcanic events on international aviation operations, ICAO announced on June 26.

April 27, 2011 - 5:05am

Baron Services, the company that provides XM WX services, introduced an iPad Mobile Link plug-in gadget (introductory price $199.99) that lets compatible iPad apps display XM WX while airborne. Shipments start next month. The company hasn’t revealed subscription prices for XM WX via Mobile Link, but did say that Nexrad radar, satellite imagery, Metar, Taf, TFR, winds aloft, Airmet and Sigmet weather data will be available.

September 28, 2010 - 11:32am

Pilots who like the XM satellite weather products WxWorx delivers to cockpit displays might like to access the same weather products on their office or portable computers. WxWorx has released the new WxWorx Online QuikLink subscription service so pilots can do just that. Like the airborne products, the QuikLink online service comes in three sizes and monthly fees, Wings ($14.99), Wings Plus ($24.99) and Wings Elite ($49.99).

December 29, 2009 - 4:32am

Certain head-up guidance systems produced by Rockwell Collins can now be used to fly to lower Category I ILS approach minimums after the company last month obtained a special authorization from the FAA’s flight technology and procedures division.

June 2, 2009 - 11:55am

Avidyne is adding interface options for its MLX 770/780 datalink receivers that will let pilots view graphical weather information on a variety of electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.

May 12, 2009 - 9:02am

Avidyne is adding interface options that will let aircraft operators view graphical weather information from an MLX 770/780 datalink receiver on a variety of electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.

February 27, 2009 - 11:33am

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.

 
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