Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Weather Plan Version 2.0
JOINT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Next Generation Air Transportation System NextGen Weather Plan the Plan is a multiagency plan that identifies roles and responsibilities for developing, delivering, operating, and incrementally improving a NextGen Weather Enterprise. It highlights the steps required to achieve an Initial Operational Capability IOC for both weather information and translation of weather into impacts that can be easily used by pilots, air traffic planners, dispatchers, and controllers. It highlights policies that must be addressed and research that must be accomplished to support a NextGen Weather Enterprise. It also presents opportunities for collaboration with other international aviation weather providers and air traffic systems. According to Federal Aviation Administration FAA studies, significant growth in the demand for air traffic services is anticipated by 2025. To accommodate this growth, the FAA is planning on incrementally implementing new operational technologies and capabilities. Many of these new capabilities, such as Trajectory-Based Operations TBO and Super Density Operations, will require improved accuracy in weather information and improved access to net-centric weather information. The information-sharing component of NextGen, known as Net-Centric Operations NCO, relies on access to network-enabled information and provides a foundation for the timely and efficient exchange of weather information. A new weather information distribution architecture to promote Shared Situational Awareness SSA has been defined to leverage emerging NCO standards and constructs with existing weather collection and distribution architectures.