Activities of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Weather Research Program 1999-01-1578
Weather is a major cause of aircraft accidents and incidents and the single largest contributor to air traffic system delays. Through improvements in the knowledge of current weather conditions and reliable forecasts, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can improve aviation safety, increase system capacity, and enhance flight planning and fuel efficiency. The FAA has established an Aviation Weather Research (AWR) program to address specific requirements for weather support to aviation by providing the capability to generate more accurate and accessible weather observations, warnings, and forecasts and also by increasing the scientific understanding of atmospheric processes that spawn aviation weather hazards. The goal of AWR is to provide meteorological research that leads to the satisfaction of specific aviation weather requirements. AWR research areas include inflight icing, Doppler weather radar, ground deicing, turbulence, convective weather, numerical modeling, and ceiling/visibility. This paper describes the activities and technological developments of Aviation Weather Research by the FAA.