Delivery of Aviation Weather Services in Canada

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Tuesday, 31 January 2006: 3:45 PM
Delivery of Aviation Weather Services in Canada
A311 (Georgia World Congress Center)
Richard E. Jones, EC, Dorval, QC, Canada

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The Aviation Weather Web Site (AWWS) (www.flightplanning.navcanada.ca) is a cornerstone for the delivery of aviation weather to users in Canada. Since its inception in August, 2001 it has reliably provided data services without restrictions to a variety of aviation users. Users are expected to consult the AWWS at home , office or though Pilot Information Kiosks (PIK) at many airports across Canada. Weather briefings are available through toll free numbers to Flight Information Centres. The FIC's have a dedicated access to the AWWS as well to the same weather data through the satellite based Aviation Weather distribution Service (AWDS). Pilots may chose to file a flight plan through the FIC's or online. The access to AWWS data (aviation weather and NOTAM' s) is organized along the following lines: Local area - access to data withing 50 NM of an aerodrome; Region - access to data a Graphical FA region; Route - access to data along a flight route; Forecast and OBS - free form access to data. Users may save favorite local, regions or routes in their flight folders on their user account and recall these before departure with updated information. The same updated flight folders can be sent the user's email address through the Weather Mail service. A popular recent addition to the AWWS has been Automated Supplementary Enroute Predictions (ASEP). ASEP provides the users tailor made products extracted from EC's GEM regional model along the user's flight route either at flight level in plan view or in cross sections.