The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Rockwell Collins have moved to help the aviation industry gain accurate forecast by expanding a weather research program.
The aircraft observation research will cover the upper Midwest, Alaska and Pacific Ocean areas in order to provide weather data to NOAA’s National Weather Service, Rockwell Collins said Tuesday.
“The continued expansion of this program is enabling better predictability and preparedness for weather events that impact individuals and organizations around the world,” said David Poltorak, vice president of aviation and network services for Rockwell Collins.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC meteorological data collection and reporting system has been working since 1991 to collect data on wind speed, air temperature and turbulence from commercial aircraft for the NWS and the Federal Aviation Administration.
“Better forecasting of severe weather has clear benefits for the aviation industry, like improving passenger safety and flight routes while saving costs by reducing unplanned deviations,” added Poltorak.