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Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather (FPAW). Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) – Goals and Initiatives. By: Gary Pokodner, Program Manager, Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) Date: November 1, 2012. The Notional WTIC Cockpit?. All Kidding Aside:.

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Friends and partners in aviation weather fpaw

Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather (FPAW)

Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) – Goals and Initiatives

By: Gary Pokodner, Program Manager, Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC)

Date: November 1, 2012



All kidding aside
All Kidding Aside:

  • The previous slide highlights important issues with our WTIC program:

    • More information is not always better; need the right information

    • Poor human factors can reduce benefits of enhancements

    • Complex to get information and data to cockpits

    • Training matters

  • Despite our dream notional cockpit, the WTIC program is not building boxes


Weather technology in the cockpit wtic overview
Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) Overview

  • WTIC is an FAA NextGen program that consists of a portfolio of research projects

  • WTIC research is used to develop, verify, and validate requirements for standards related to weather information and technology in the cockpit

  • Research to identify requirements that improve the quality and quantity of meteorological (MET) information in the cockpit

  • The program supports multiple NextGen goals

    • Reduce weather delays

    • Re-route flexibility to avoid adverse weather

    • Reduce weather-related accidents and incidents

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Wtic goals flight deck cockpit information
WTIC GoalsFlight Deck/Cockpit Information

  • Appropriate and optimized weather information to support NextGen and current operations is available in the cockpit

    • Released standards/guidance documents to enable implementation of mobile meteorology (MET) applications concurrent with supporting technology

    • Capabilities and requirements to enable automated turbulence information identified

    • Capabilities and requirements for improved oceanic information defined

    • Phased improvements of pilot awareness of adverse weather (alerts, data comm, pre takeoff)

    • Completed benefits assessment of probabilistic information into the cockpit

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Wtic goals human factors
WTIC GoalsHuman Factors

  • Pilot interfaces to cockpit weather information enable consistent, safe, and efficient execution of all NextGen and current operations

    • Developed recommendations on optimal presentation of GA MET information

    • Improved GA training methodology on the use and application of MET information in the NextGen environment

    • Developed recommendations on cockpit applications of Weather Avoidance Fields (WAFs)

    • Implemented corrective actions to trends identified in weather related accidents/incidents reports

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Wtic goals standards
WTIC GoalsStandards

  • Recommended standards are ready for implementation of weather in the cockpit to support all NextGen and current operations

    • Defined datalink architecture for disseminating MET information to/from the cockpit (via RTCA support)

    • Minimum Aviation System Performance (MASP) for downlink, uplink, and crosslink of MET information (via RTCA support) completed

    • Initiated Minimum Operational Performance Standard (MOPS) (via RTCA)

    • Initiated globalization of select standards

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Wtic goals air ground integration
WTIC GoalsAir/Ground Integration

  • Dissemination of appropriate and optimized weather information to/from the cockpit to be at the right place and at the right time

    • Released recommended standards for EDR

    • Demonstrated benefits of enhanced wind information uplinked to aircraft FMS for select NextGen applications

    • Developed functional and operational requirements for disseminating MET information via NextGen datalink architecture

    • Identified the feasibility and benefits for providing 20 minute and beyond weather look ahead in the cockpit on a legacy or portable device

    • NextGen datalink architecture supports optimized presentation formats

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Wtic goals technology
WTIC GoalsTechnology

  • Industry collaboration on MET technology research to be informed of technology capabilities that enable efficient MET information dissemination, collaborative decision making, and intuitive presentation of MET information in the cockpit for safe current and NextGen operations

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Building wtic program support
Building WTIC Program Support

WTIC Team is actively engaging stakeholders (internal and external) to better define user needs

Improved collaboration with internal FAA agencies including: Safety, Certification, Human Factors, …

We are always looking for your suggestions, feedback, and new research ideas

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Wtic team key personnel
WTIC Team – Key Personnel

  • Office of Primary Interest: Aviation Weather Division (ANG-C6) – Acting Division Manager: Rick Heuwinkel

  • Office of Primary Responsibility (OPR): Weather Research Branch (ANG-C61)

    • Steve Abelman, AWR Team Lead (202-385-7234)

    • Gary Pokodner, WTIC Program Manager (202-385-7236)

    • Eldridge Frazier, WTIC Lead Engineer (202-385-7183)

    • Ian Johnson, WTIC Engineering Psychologist (202-385-7168)

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