FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Leslie
TO REDUCE FLIGHT DELAYS
As vacationers head to the nation's airports this summer, a new forecast tool is ready to help air traffic controllers lessen weather-related flight delays and cancellations, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today. Starting April 1, the Collaborative Convective Forecast Product, created by NOAA's National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center, airline meteorologists and the Federal Aviation Administration, will provide extended weather outlooks of up to six hours that will help flight officials route planes around thunderstorms.
"Increasing the safety of America's skies, while cutting down the number of weather-related flight delays and cancellations, are the goals of this new forecast product," said John J. Kelly, Jr., director of the National Weather Service.
After a two-year test to hone the speed and accuracy of the aviation forecasts generated by the CCFP, the program has received high marks.
"This is cutting-edge," said James Wetherly, technical manager of the FAA's Collaborative Decision Making Product Team. "There's nothing out there quite like this," he said, referring to the CCFP's ability to give aviation officials the most current forecast several hours ahead, and is strategically used to re-route flights around potential trouble areas.
Here's how the CCFP works:
The Aviation Weather Center, is a national
center that provides forecasts and warnings for weather conditions
that affect flight safety including turbulence, thunderstorms,
wind shear, icing and low clouds.