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.
An FAA plan to consolidate all of the 84 National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters working in the nation’s 21 ATC en route centers into two central forecasting stations has drawn spirited opposition from two unions, the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca).
An FAA plan to consolidate all of the 84 National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters now co-located in the nation’s 21 ATC en route centers into two central forecasting locations has drawn spirited opposition from the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO), which is claiming the move is unsafe.
Bendix/King’s new AV8OR handheld GPS receiver can display XM Weather’s Aviator LT and Aviator products, making it a handy cockpit tool. During a recent trip, I used the Aviator product provided by WxWorx of Huntsville, Ala. Although WxWorx also offers XM Weather’s Aviator Pro, the AV8OR can’t display the additional features available in Pro.
One of the first steps in developing the technology to automate the National Airspace System (NAS) is to coordinate and manage the data that is necessary for the technology to work properly. The system-wide information management (Swim) platform will allow all of the NextGen systems to “speak” to one another, as well as to other systems within other government agencies and industry partners, according to the FAA.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Bethel, Alaska, Jan. 15, 2008–The Grant Aviation Caravan touched down between the runway and the taxiway in the snow removed from the active surfaces; the Safety Board blamed “the pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing.” Contributing factors were snow-covered terrain, blowing snow and flat lighting conditions.
International Jet Interiors, an independent completion and refurbishment center in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., has signed a major service agreement with Eclipse Aviation. Under terms of the deal, International Jet will provide service for the manufacturer’s Eclipse 500 very light jet interior for the Northeast U.S.
The Sirius/XM merger will have no impact to WxWorx services, the XM WX Satellite Weather provider said yesterday. WxWorx (Booth No. 962) offers the XM WX service in conjunction with XM Satellite Radio, now called Sirius XM. The two satellite radio companies merged in July.
The aviation industry took a hit last month from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The back-to-back storms affected more than a dozen airports along the Gulf Coast, resulting in temporary flight restrictions, numerous airport closures and short-term loss of ATC services.
Houston-based Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 219) is recovering from infrastructure damage from Hurricane Ike, which pummeled the Texas Gulf Coast on September 13. Despite the loss of commercial power, the facility remained open throughout the storm, which passed almost directly over Universal’s Houston headquarters.