Each time we see grim pictures of aircraft wreckage on a rain-drenched crash site, or scenes of tired holiday travelers stranded in snow-covered airports, we are reminded of the harsh impact that weather can have on the flying public. This book examines issues that affect the provision of national aviation weather services and related research and technology development efforts. It also discusses fragmentation of responsibilities and resources, which leads to a less-than-optimal use of available weather information and examines alternatives for responding to this situation. In particular, it develops an approach whereby the federal government could provide stronger leadership to improve cooperation and coordination among aviation weather providers and users.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1: Introduction||9-13|
|Chapter 2: Current Roles and Missions||14-21|
|Chapter 3: Current Services||22-40|
|Chapter 4: Research and Development||41-47|
|Chapter 5: Regional Requirements||48-51|
|Chapter 6: Future Roles and Missions||52-60|
|Chapter 7: The First Step||61-62|
|Appendix A: Summary of Findings and Recommendations||63-68|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||69-71|
|Appendix C: Participants in Committee Meetings||72-73|
|Appendix D: Reference Documents for Current Roles and Missions||74-81|
|Appendix E: ASOS Assessment||82-85|
|Appendix F: General Aviation Flight Scenarios1994 and 2015||86-89|
|Appendix G: Federal Funding||90-92|
|Appendix H: Research Documents and Organizations||93-95|
|Appendix I: Detailed Assessment of User Needs in Alaska||96-106|
|Appendix J: Alternative Approaches for Improving Aviation Weather Services and Research||107-109|
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