“Every day, dangerous weather conditions can delay and cancel airline flights, and severe weather can turn a flight into a threatening experience. Each year more than one-quarter to one-half of all aviation accidents are weather related. Economic losses due to aviation delays caused by weather are estimated at more than $1 billion per year.” (noaa.gov)
One of the biggest challenges facing all airline operators is trying to make quick and safe decisions in determining how and when a particular weather condition will affect a flight.
Phases of contribution of weather services to the Flight Operation:
Planning Dispatch Phase: Weather conditions may change, or may be amended or corrected by reporter between flight plan calculation time to departure time. Aviation Weather Services supports Flight Dispatchers to ensure compliance with airlines fuel policy by enabling airlines to recognize inconsistencies between actual weather and expected weather condition.
Ground, Taxi Phase: Aviation Weather Services are a must that can be particularly helpful in situations where sudden weather condition has come up and become aware of in time. This is improving early replanning thus reducing weather-related flight delays, diverts or cancellations and improve fuel efficiency, reduces unnecessary fuel consumption and saves the world by reducing carbon emissions.
Inflight Phase: Aviation Weather Services are increasing situational awareness through common content used by flight crew and flight dispatchers. Allowing information to flight crew in time via ACARS or EFB ensures staying ahead of the possibilities, thus contributes to flight safety.
“From a human factors perspective, it is vital that pilots and controllers have the right information at the right time,” (flightsafety.org, FAA NextGen Weather)
“Flight deck weather information technologies that allow pilots and aircrews to engage in shared situational awareness and shared responsibilities with controllers, dispatchers, flight service station specialists and others, pertaining to preflight, en route and post-flight aviation safety decisions involving weather.” (flightsafety.org, FAA NextGen Weather)
“The pilot’s workload would be lighter if the information provided led directly to decisions rather than requiring interpretation and inference to arrive at the needed information,” (flightsafety.org, FAA NextGen Weather)
What is FlightSupport24
Flightsupport24 is an improved auto weather check, monitoring and warning web application. It is displaying all requested actual/expected weather (METAR/TAF) reports to the screen, provides general awareness at a glance, assisting flight dispatchers and pilots before making strategic decisions with respect to weather information by providing color codes, visual and sound warnings.
METAR: Meteorological Aerodrome Reports are actual weather information observed around the air field.
TAF: Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts are predictions of the meteorological conditions, usually ranging between 6 and 24 hours, for the airspace within an eight-kilometer radius of an aerodrome. (ICAO Annex 3 – Meteorology)
These weather reports contain critical safety and cost related information such as, visibility, cloud, wind, windshear, thunderstorm, braking action etc..
Features of the application:
· Alerting according to defined Airport visibility and ceiling threshold,
· Alerting Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) amendments and corrections.
· Calculates Wind Components (Cross Wind, Head Wind, Tail Wind)
· Standardized colors according to Flight Categories (IFR,LIFR,MVFR,VFR)
· Sorting by Flight Categories (worst to best) (LIFR, IFR, MVFR,VFR)
· Standardized colors on weather phenomena (-RA, +RA,-TS, +TSRA, +SN etc.)
· Bulk, singe, multiple search with “starts with letter” (LT,ED,EH,UKBB)
· Bulk search with “|country code” (~TR,~DE,~NL)
· Auto update & check interval