Eric Avila is the Article 114 Weather Representative.
Background: The Aviation Weather Display (AWD) will consolidate the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP), Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS), and Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS). In addition, the AWD will also incorporate new weather products. The AWD will primarily be a tool for traffic managers to use to evaluate weather impacts and plan initiatives. ARTCC controllers will also have AWDs in their areas replacing the legacy WARP weather that is currently on the big screens.
The AWD human factors work group (HFWG) is currently working with Raytheon to develop the Air Traffic Operations Manual (ATOM) for the AWD. The ATOM will be the basis for AWD training as well as the help section. The team will continue to work with Raytheon as they develop this manual over the next several months. Once the ATOM approaches completion, the HFWG will begin to work on developing training for the AWD.
Kansas City ARTCC (ZKC) has reported situations where the controllers indicated the weather on their scope did not accurately depict the precipitation. ZKC is currently using 24,000 ft as the cutoff point for depicting precipitation for high sectors. Several other ARTCC’s have also customized their layers in WARP to more accurately show precipitation based on their geographical regions and weather patterns. The team is currently planning on collecting several case studies in order to conduct a metrological analysis to determine if lowering the floor by several thousand feet would more accurately depict the precipitation on the glass. Atlanta ARTCC went through a similar approach last year and had positive results.
The terminal on the glass group has been renamed Precip on the Glass (PoG). The PoG team is working to compile a list of shortfalls that currently impact terminal weather issues. The list will focus on issues related to improving the precipitation currently displayed on STARS. A separate effort will address the long term need of providing additional and improved precipitation products for terminal controllers. Once the shortfall analysis is complete the team will look at additional sources of weather that can be used to supplement or replace the current Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) weather data that is currently being used on STARS.
A team is reviewing the daily pre-duty weather briefings that are produced by the Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) to identify best practices and attempt to bring more standardization to the process. The team continued to work with the CWSU to help develop a product that addresses terminal and ARTCC weather concerns. CWSU was provided with sample slides to show them examples of the type of slides that should be used in the briefings. Additionally, an emphasis is being placed on keeping the briefings high level and not getting lost in technicalities. We also emphasized to the CWSU to depict winds at multiple altitudes.
A national PIREP page is in the process of being developed to be displayed at every ARTCC to indicate the types of PIREPs that need to be solicited. The page takes into account active AIRMETs and also the altitude stratum of sectors and only alerts the sectors that need to solicit PIREPs. The webpage is being modeled after several pages that are currently being used at several ARTCCs across the NAS and the team will ultimately produce a webpage for every ARTCC.
The Weather Information Mitigation and Transition (WIMAT) team met to continue to discuss the impacts of retiring the text AIRMET and moving towards using the G-AIRMET (Graphical-AIRMET). The G-AIRMET while mainly a graphical product also has a text component that will generate a text product for the controllers to disseminate. Additionally, the team is working toward the retirement of the text Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico Forecast Analysis products in 2023 which will be replaced by graphical forecast grids that are currently being produced.
- En Route Automation Workgroup program briefing (June 4)
- Check-in with FAA management (weekly)
- HFWG telcons (weekly)
- WARP telecons (Bi-weekly)
- Weather Information Mitigation and Transition (monthly)
- Enterprise Information Display System (monthly)
- NextGen Weather Coordination Meeting (monthly)
- Precip on the Glass (weekly)
- Pre-Duty Weather Briefing and PIREP webpage (weekly)