The FAA AWRP oceanic weather program development team
January 28, 2006
Remote, oceanic regions have few, if any, high resolution weather products that indicate the current or future locations of aviation hazards such as volcanic ash, convection, turbulence, icing or adverse headwinds. Moreover, oceanic regions present unique challenges due to severely limited data availability, the long duration of transoceanic flights and the difficulty of transmitting critical information into the cockpit. In 2001, the Oceanic Weather Program Development Team (OWPDT; Herzegh et al. 2002) was organized within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Weather Research Program (AWRP) to focus on resourceful methods for overcoming these limitations through the use of a diverse range of satellite observations, global model results and satellite-based communications. Resulting products focus on the needs of pilots, dispatchers, air traffic managers and forecasters within the oceanic aviation community. The team is a leader in the inflight display of weather products and will continue to develop new displays as products become available.