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Weather Impacts to Philadelphia Air Traffic Operations. National Weather Service Workshop. David Conley, FAA. June 6, 2006. Aerial Photo of PHL Tower/TRACON. Aerial Photo of PHL Intl Airport looking south. Weather Challenges:. Lightning Impedes flight operations Inhibits ramp operation

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weather impacts to philadelphia air traffic operations

Weather Impacts to Philadelphia Air Traffic Operations

National Weather Service Workshop

David Conley, FAA

June 6, 2006

slide4

Weather Challenges:

  • Lightning
    • Impedes flight operations
    • Inhibits ramp operation
    • Risk to Equipment
slide6

Weather Challenges:

  • Low ceilings
  • Low Visibilities
challenges
Challenges:
  • Micro bursts
  • Thunderstorms
slide10

Challenges:

  • Winter Weather
    • Ice
    • Snow
slide12

Operational decisions: minimize the amount of time an aircraft spends on the ground after being deiced/anti-iced!

philadelphia delay causes
PHILADELPHIA DELAY CAUSES

* March data through the 10th

Snow

Snow

slide20

What do we need?

  • Accurate forecasting down to fine grain details.
      • Precise ceiling heights
      • Visibility
      • Wind direction and speed
      • Times of changes
slide21

What do we need?

One-stop shopping

vs.

sorting through several weather forecast providers and draw an instinctive conclusion.

slide22

Why do we need it?

  • Planning of arrival/departure rates
  • Managing of ATC System via TMI’s*
    • *GS, GDP, AFP, MIT, time-based metering, etc.
  • Distribution of resources
    • Staffing
    • Equipment
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