An integrated meteorological system for the Belgium air traffic control agency

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Monday, 18 January 2010: 2:15 PM
B218 (GWCC)
Richard Stedronsky, IPS MeteoStar, Englewood, Colorado; and M. G. Taylor

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IPS MeteoStar, Inc (IPSM) implemented an aviation meteorology decision support system for Belgocontrol under the METAFOR system modernization program. Belgocontrol is the Belgium national air traffic control agency and is headquartered in near-proximity to the Brussels airport. Belgocontrol meteorological staff provide weather analysis and forecast services for aviation within Belgium and some surrounding airspace. Key services include low level significant weather products, a variety of text forecast bulletins, and an interactive webpage. IPSM provided the Leading Environmental Analysis and Display System (LEADS) workstations and servers to support Belgocontrol's critical operational workflow, web presence, training, and general weather environmental situational awareness. The LEADS solution integrates weather observation and forecast data from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Czech Republic, and Belgium national forecast centers as well as European Union Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT) direct data. With a single data processing, storage, visualization, and publishing system Belgocontrol is able to more efficiently and reliably provide for the safety of their responsible airspace and resources. The delivered LEADS systems includes advanced data visualization, web services, system monitoring, high-availability redundancy, and data archiving. IPSM looks forward to the continuous improvement of the METAFOR system to meet emerging requirements and the further expansion of LEADS systems into the European market.