It is demonstrated in this paper that weather depictions in an operational environment based upon VIL provide more meaningful information for en route traffic routing than a BREF product. VIL precipitation proves advantageous in limiting contamination from Anomalous Propagation (AP) ground clutter, biological targets (e.g., birds and insects), and radar artifacts. The extended vertical coverage of VIL sampling also better depicts storm cells as they first develop, further assisting traffic managers achieve more efficient use of tactical airspace when weather occurs unexpectedly.