FAA Develops Tool
to Predict Icing
Reprinted with permission
from FAA Aviation News
icing just got a little easier, thanks to a new tool developed by the
U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA). Using the new, web-based Forecast Icing Tool, aviation
meteorologists and airline dispatchers can warn pilots about icing
hazards up to 12 hours in advance.
'One of the best
ways to manage the effects of bad weather is to avoid it altogether.
With information provided by this automated tool, pilots flying
aircraft under 18,000 feet can make critical flight decisions,' said
FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey.
In-flight icing is
most hazardous to private pilots and air taxi and computer aircraft
operators flying at lower altitudes. Those aircraft may not have
sophisticated wing-deicing equipment used by larger commercial
aircraft. The FAA tool provides a high-tech color weather map and/or a
flight route display of icing potential at flight levels from 3,000 to
18,000 feet. The user can select forecast times from three-, six-,
nine-, and twelve-hour intervals to plan safe routes of travel.
With funding from the FAA's Aviation
Weather Research program, the National Center for Atmospheric Research
in Boulder, CO, developed the new tool. It joins the growing
FAA-developed suite of weather tools, such as the Current Icing
Potential tool. All are publicly available on-line
http://adds.aviationweather.gov/icing. The National Weather
Service operates these products for the FAA.