Aviation Research to Operations
Cammye Sims, National Weather Service, Silver Spring, MD
Michael Graf, National Weather Service
William Bauman, National Weather Service
Joshua Scheck, National Weather Service
Jamie Vavra, National Weather Service

Traditionally the National Weather Service (NWS) has provided legacy text aviation forecasts, as required by the aviation community. However, with the advent of high resolution modeling and tools for the generation of gridded aviation data fields, the old paradigm is changing. Although the FAA requirements for text products are still in effect, there are numerous opportunities for the NWS to produce graphical and gridded aviation products. For example, the Meteorological Watch Offices (MWO) and World Area Forecast Centers (WAFC) tasked with providing enroute forecasts for aviation hazards, such as icing, turbulence, and convection can now provide graphical and gridded products along with derived text. This ability allows forecasters to create forecasts in a timely fashion, while also providing consistent messaging to aviation users. In addition, adding probabilistic guidance and model ensembles to the production suite used at MWOs will help create a seamless and consistent Common Operating Picture for aviation.


The NWS and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) work closely together to develop and implement solutions that meet aviation weather requirements. The two agencies also cooperate on aviation weather research projects to synergize efforts, maximize resources and funding, and enhance research to operations of candidate solutions. Furthermore, collaboration with the research community is underway to develop and improve the fundamental way the NWS provides required domestic and international aviation products and services. This presentation will provide an overview of the effort to produce graphical and gridded aviation weather products, while showcasing the deep core partner relationship with the FAA and research community.