Presentation on theme: "FAA Stated Requirements “ The goal is to substantially improve the capabilities for delivery of aviation weather information and to transform the current."— Presentation transcript:
FAA Stated Requirements “ The goal is to substantially improve the capabilities for delivery of aviation weather information and to transform the current collection of isolated units into a national program for weather support to FAA field sites…Implicit in this restructuring is the need for consolidation of the existing CWSUs.” (Mr. Michael Sammartino Letter) Location: Consolidate the current 20 CONUS CWSUs into a smaller number of sites, at this time ALASKA CWSU may continue to operate in its current state. Mission: “Maintain continuous surveillance of adverse weather that has the potential to affect any phase of flight within the NAS; provide timely forecast and warnings of hazardous weather to air traffic management throughout the transition between strategic decisions and tactical adjustments; deliver forecast products and services 24x7”
FAA Stated Requirements Standards: Establish a new concept of operations that addresses the new mission and incorporates uniform national standards, but allows flexibility to adjust to local needs. Products: Develop and implement new products: Hub forecasts out to 8 hours in advance. Hourly updates required for the 35 Operational Evolution Airports (OEP). Hub advisories for hazardous weather, 1 hour lead-time TRACON forecasts - estimates of capacity TRACON advisories for hazardous weather, 1 hour lead-time Route Forecasts - estimates of capacity Increased participation/contributions to the Collaborative Convective Forecast Product (CCFP) - made a priority during summer convection season Services: Develop and deploy remote interactive weather briefing capability.
FAA Stated Requirements Collaboration and Dissemination: Forecasts and Advisories need to be delivered to TMUs in the ARTCC,TRACONs, and some Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCT) within each area of responsibility (ARTCC Facility Network). Collaboration with other centers and the national center is expected. Resources: “Investment analysis conducted by the FAA has demonstrated that restructured CWSU products and services can be provided while reducing personnel cost by 20% with a cost savings of approximately $2M/year in personnel costs alone” Training: Coursework required: Traffic Flow Management (TFM) On-the-job training - ATCSCC, ARTCC, and TRACONS Training presentations - ARTCC, and TRACONS
Aviation Weather Services Response to FAA Requirements National Weather Service (NWS) will improve current aviation weather services by delivering a national collaborative decision making capability with new products. CWSU Functions assimilated into WFO operations with aviation weather support 24x7 Dedicated aviation desk during peak NAS operation hours Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) weather desk, staffed by five NWS meteorologist New technology under development offering on-demand services, remote briefing capabilities, and new graphical products Tactical Decision Aids (TDA) will provide air traffic impact information, in an easy to read color code system, tailored to the users specifications