Tuesday, 16 January 2007: 4:45 PM
An exploration of an automated analysis product for ceiling and visibility: potential impacts on general aviation weather decision making
216AB (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
From 1994 through 2003, impacted ceiling and visibility (C&V) events were the second-most prevalent condition leading to weather-related accidents in the United States. These C&V-related accidents predominantly affected the general aviation (GA) and commuter/air taxi communities. Currently, GA pilots have a wide range of weather data and products available to them to assist their pre-flight weather planning and in-flight weather decision-making processes. This paper will address how our ConUS C&V analysis product will introduce a value-added tool to these communities by investigating examples of situations in which pilots might have benefited from additional information. In the near-term, the product will be utilized during pre-flight planning. We will also discuss the products' future as it becomes available as a cockpit display. This advance will provide decision-making assistance as in-flight weather evolves.