New weather products have been developed to diagnose and forecast inflight icing for Alaska. Staff from the FAA’s Aviation Weather Demonstration and Evaluation (AWDE) Services Program will be in Alaska, October 16-19, and would like to talk with pilots to help determine how these new products will work in the Alaskan environment. The information they gather from pilots (General Aviation, Air Taxi and Commercial (Part 121/135), Air Ambulance/Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) will enable FAA to assess the utility and suitability in our operational setting.
Forecasting icing has long been a challenge in Alaska, with our complex terrain, large size, and extremely limited network of surface observations. Over the past few years research sponsored by the FAA Aviation Weather Program, and conducted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), has led to development of an Icing Product Alaska-Diagnosis (IAP-D) and an IPA-Forecast (IAP-F) product. These are intended to improve diagnosis and forecasting of icing probability, severity, and probability of super-cooled large droplet (SLD) formation. These products, once validated, are expected to support decision making regarding the areas icing will occur, and the identification of optimum routes for air traffic.
How you can help
The FAA evaluation team will be in these communities on the following dates:
Anchorage, Oct 16-18
Fairbanks, October 18
Juneau, October 19
They would like to understand how these new icing products would be used operationally, learn about pilot strategies for making go-no-go decisions, user risk thresholds and generally assess the overall suitability of the new products. Pilots should expect to spend about an hour in an interview with a team member. If you are able to help with this program, you may “sign up” through an online survey.
For more information, contact Sonia Alvidrez [email protected] or 609-485-7613.