Aviation Impact Decision Support Services
for Super Bowl LI
Roland Nuņez, National Weather Service Center Weather Service Unit, Houston, TX
Debra Blondin, National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center
Frank Brody, National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center
Victor Murphy, National Weather Service Southern Region
Lance Wood, National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Weather Forecast Office
The city of Houston hosted Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5, 2017. In anticipation of the high traffic volume and impact to supporting airports, the FAA and aviation partners designed a new air route plan to maintain safety and efficiency in the days leading up to and immediately following this high impact event.
Weather played a critical role in the execution of this plan. Aviation weather took center stage during a weekend that would set the highest daily traffic count for the Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in its nearly 52-year history.
In advance of the event, the NWS Houston Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) partnered with the NWS Houston/Galveston Weather Forecast Office, the NWS Aviation Weather Center offices in Kansas City, MO and Warrenton, VA and the NWS Southern Region Headquarters to create a single, clear and concise message for the FAA and aviation partners. Aviation experts from these NWS offices collaborated to forecast aviation weather impacts that could affect air travel to and from this high impact event.
This presentation details the effort to bring together NWS aviation expertise to produce a collaborated forecast message for aviation decision makers. This collaborative service better prepared the FAA and other aviation partners for weather impacts, and improved air transportation efficiency and safety across the Houston ARTCC and supporting facilities during Super Bowl LI.