The Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) program is an FAA NextGen weather research program that uses System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) to deliver enhanced weather information, presentations and technology for the cockpit.
The WTIC program researches ways to improve:
- cockpit weather information
- pilot understanding and interpretation of cockpit weather information and technologies
- weather information training
- any operational efficiency and safety risks associated with these gaps and shortfalls.
These elements are referred to in the WTIC program as "Minimum Weather Service."
The WTIC program investigates how adverse weather is presented to pilots and what information is insufficient or missing. Types of adverse weather include: convection, lowered ceilings and visibility, icing, and turbulence.
WTIC research will develop, verify, and validate a set of Minimum Weather Service (MinWxSvc) recommendations for FAR Parts 91 (general aviation aircraft), 121 (commercial aircraft), and 135 (business aircraft) to address information shortfalls and enhance pilot weather decision-making in advance of encountering potentially hazardous weather conditions.