Weather Monitoring is “Vital” for Airlines
According to FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), weather is causing factor in 35 percent of general aviation accidents, and 75 percent of those mishaps involve fatalities. It is clear that weather monitoring is “Vital” for airlines must take steps to enhance flight safety, mitigate the risks of having an unfortunate encounter with bad weather.
“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)
“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)
“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)
Weather monitoring services are,
Allowing pilots to engage in shared situational awareness and shared responsibilities with Flight Dispatchers. Increasing situational awareness through common content used by Pilots and Flight Dispatcher, allowing information to Flight Crew “in time” via ACARS* or EFB* that ensures staying ahead of the possibilities and contribute to flight safety.
Improving early replanning is reducing as possible diverts, cancellations and schedule deviations, increases passenger satisfaction.
Ensuring compliance with airlines fuel policy by enabling airlines to recognize inconsistencies between actual weather and expected weather condition.
To explain in the shortest way, FlightSupport24.com is a free web application that provides METAR/TAF* monitoring experience to aviation community. Its mission is contributing to aviation and enhance flight safety.
METAR/TAF monitoring page displays all requested actual/expected weather reports on the screen, assisting Pilots and Flight Dispatchers before making strategic decisions with respect to weather information by providing color codes, pop-up and sound warnings.
When the current METAR & TAF reports no longer describes the ongoing weather or forecaster feels the report is not representing current or expected weather, improved weather monitoring service is a must that can be particularly helpful in situations where instant weather condition has come up and become aware of in time. This application comes into play in the effective monitoring of instant changes, improving early re planning on every phase of the flight.
Features of the application:
- Popup and sound alerts according to user 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, -TS, SN, +TSRA, +RA, etc.)
- Bulk, singe, multiple searches with “starts with letter” (LT, ED, EH, UKBB)
- Bulk search with “country code” (~TR, ~DE, ~NL)
- Auto update & check interval
- Monitoring enroute weather
- ICAO code search by IATA or Airport Name
- Other personalized alerts will be added (Wind Shear etc.)
FS24 FlightSupport24 | METAR: Meteorological Aerodrome Reports are actual weather information observed around the airfield. | 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. These weather reports contain critical safety and cost related information such as, visibility, cloud, wind, windshear, thunderstorm, braking action etc…| ACARS: Aircraft Communications Addressing | EFB: Electronic Flight Bag