Friday, November 15, 2013

FAA History Lesson -- November 15, 2001

From the Update to FAA Historical Chronology 1997-2012 (A .pdf file)

" FAA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made a new tool available to convey advanced storm information to pilots. The National Convective Weather Forecast (NCWF) product, designed and developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in Lexington, Massachusetts, provided pilots with a plotted map depicting the current location of convective hazards and where they would be an hour later. Pilots, federal aviation weather briefers, air traffic control specialists, and airline dispatchers who routinely made operational decisions associated with thunderstorm hazards routinely were turning to the NCWF for essential information."

If you'd like to see my opinion on how this bit of history played out, read this.

Don Brown
November 15, 2013

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