Sources and Air Carrier Use of Aviation Weather Information
Final rept. Jan 1988-Mar 1989
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON DC
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This report is concerned with the use of weather information by air carriers. It describes the type of information obtained, the sources of that information, and the training provided to flight crews in the interpretation and use of weather information. Data from 17 major and regional airlines and seven vendors were included in this study. In addition, the results of a limited survey of airline pilots conducted by ALPA were used. It was found that despite the fact that a great deal of terminal en route, and forecast weather information is available, flight crews often receive less information than they would like, and much of what they receive is not timely. Examples of weather not provided by some companies includes station weather observations or forecasts for the areas of departure, en route, or destination. This report includes recommendations for the minimum amount and type of weather information that should be disseminated to airline flight crews for preflight briefings.
- Commercial and General Aviation