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Aviation Weather Display (AWD)

Controller in the Newark Air Traffic Control Tower

Today, users such as this controller in the Newark Air Traffic Control Tower, have multiple displays that may show different versions of the same weather product. © Richard Ferris

Decision makers in the National Airspace System (NAS) require a clear, consistent presentation of weather information to ensure efficient and safe air traffic operations. In the current environment, multiple weather displays from the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP), the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) and the Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS) depict different information – even when nominally displaying the same product. While some weather products are effectively integrated with operational decision support tools, users still require a dedicated weather display.

Part of the NextGen Weather Processor (NWP), the Aviation Weather Display (AWD) consolidates today’s WARP, ITWS and CIWS displays. The AWD provides consistent weather information “at a glance” for enroute and terminal users, and includes weather products from both NWP and NOAA.

WARP, ITWS, and CIWS weather displays are consolidated in the AWD weather display system.

Weather display consolidation

 

Improvements with AWD

  • Consolidates legacy weather display capabilities
  • Establishes new weather display architecture
  • Designed as Geographic Information System with layers of information
  • Includes dedicated and web browser versions
  • Supports Long Range and TRACON views
  • Alerts from all TRACONs available domain-wide
  • Icing & Turbulence products integrated with radar mosaics
  • Provides display for new NextGen Weather capabilities
Zooming in on the AWD long range view shows microburst detections at the Cincinnati airport on April 3, 2014. Zooming in further shows runway arena impacts, with additional  user-configured  information on gust front detections and the 1/4 km base reflectivity product.

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