Alaska Aviation Weather & The Alaska Aviation System

Alaska Aviation Weather & The Alaska Aviation System

Alaska Aviation Weather & The Alaska Aviation System Plan Alaska DOT&PF Statewide Aviation Weather Working Group Background An examination of weather reporting stations as part of the latest multifaceted Alaska Aviation System Plan Update Weather Working Group Created Working Group Members

Various government agencies (State, FAA, NOAA) Various industry groups (AACA, AOPA, AAA) Other notable individuals and business reps Working Group Members

Adam White AK Airmen's Assoc. Angel Corona NOAA Becca Rauf ADOT&PF Dan Owen Air Taxi Rep

Dave Palmer Local Business Rep Don Moore NOAA Jane Dale AACA Jim Miller AWOS Inc. Tech Rep JoAnn Ford FAA Nav. Services Judy Chapman ADOT&PF N.R. Katrina Moss FAA Kyle Christiansen FAA ATO, WSC

Mark Tormanen FAA

Rich Sewell ADOT&PF Tahte Perkins FAA Tom George AOPA Tracey Hegna FAA Troy LaRue ADOT&PF Verne Skagerberg ADOT&PF Wolfgang Junge ADOT&PF C.R. Leah Henderson DOWL Jim Greil DOWL Mark Mayo - DOWL

Weather Work Group Goal Goal The AASP Weather Working Groups primary goal is to determine ways to help increase the number of aviation weather stations throughout Alaska Weather WG Scope (Condensed)

Catalog: Location and types of existing official weather reporting stations Location and types of other weather reporting stations within Alaska Alaskan airports that have IAPs but no onfield weather reportingfield weather reporting Alaskan airports that have no onfield weather reportingfield airport weather reporting Create a priority list of airports in need of on field weather reportingfield aviation weather

reporting capabilities Determine suitable sites near airports for station development with power and communication Create weather white paper brief Describe benefits to Alaska of additional weather sensors and stations Determine options available for funding identified weather needs Review weather camera inventory and recommend new locations Steps Taken Identified the evolving inventory of critical airports in need of supplemental weather

Created a priority list of airports, using filters and priority equation 21 airports with approaches but no onsite weather are highest priorities Other filters - EAS airports, AWOS ready, distance to other stations, level of service, webcam availability Exploration of Non-Fed AWOS development potential Surveys ( Aviation Weather Reporting In Alaska report published on Alaska AASP website (

Cataloging Approved and Advisory Aviation Weather Reporting Resources Approximately 150 approved aviation weather sources (AWOS, ASOS, AWSS, etc.) Dozens of advisory aviation weather reporting resources located on airports and many others off field Approximately 230 weather webcams Prioritization Equation NPIAS Level of Service

+ Enplanements + AASP Class + Dist. from Certified Station = Priority All Airports with a published IAP and without certified aviation weather have top priority NPIAS Level of Service - 30 points Primary 30 Commercial Service20

General Aviation..10 Non-NPIAS.0 Number of Enplanements - 20 points Bethel receives 20 points Others determined by dividing by Bethels enplanements of 148,168 AASP Classification - 10 points Regional Class .10 Community Off Road9 Community On Road ..8 Local NPIAS Higher Activity.7 Local NPIAS Lower Activity..6

Non NPIAS5 Distance from certified weather station - 10 points 70-75 miles - 20 65-70 miles - 18 60-65 miles - 16 55-60 miles - 14 45-55 miles - 12 35-45 miles - 10 25-35 miles - 8 15-25 miles - 6 5-15 miles - 4 0-5 miles 2

Has weather station - 0 Airports With Instrument Procedures Without Approved Onsite Weather Aviation Weather Reporting In Alaska Intro to Aviation Weather Observations What Are Approved and Advisory Aviation Weather Sources The FAAs Weather Network Approved Aviation Weather Sensors and Observers Funding of Approved Weather Stations and the FAAs Non-Fed

Program Advisory Weather Sensors Existing Alaska Weather Stations How Other States Assist with Aviation Weather Reporting Needs Recent Changes in the System Some Next Steps Accepting and integrating user feedback into the priorities Finalization of priority list with working group Preparing Working Group Summary Paper

Survey Reminder Or fill out in person at the DOT & PF Booth Funding Discussion JoAnn Ford FAA

Navigation Programs Engineering Team FAA ATO/PMO Enterprise Services, Navigation Programs Orville Wright FAA Federal Building (work) 202.267.4543 (cell) 202.577.9790 gbtusa Automated Weather Sensor System

(AWSS) Tech Refresh 24 Alaska AWSS systems planned be Tech Refreshed to AWOS-C by 2016 24 sites completed 0 sites remaining Enterprise Services Updates February 8, 2017 Federal Aviation

Administration 16 Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) Tech Refresh 44 Alaska AWOS systems planned to be Tech Refreshed to AWOS-C by 2017 24 sites completed

20 sites remaining Enterprise Services Updates February 8, 2017 Federal Aviation Administration 17 General Discussion of Funding

Non Fed Program FAA AC 150/5220-16D Can be funded by any source Allows the station to be connected to WMSCR AIP money Capital cost only General Discussion of Funding Approximate Costs for AWOS Development

Construction/Site Prep : $100,000 Equipment : $100,000 Telco : Non-recurring - $20,000 first 2 years, recurring $5,000/year after Installation : $50,000 Relevant Documents FAA AC 150-5220-16D Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) For Non-Federal Applications

Sharing Your Non-Fed AWOS Data With the FAA and Aviation Community FAQ guidance document Jeffrey M. Osiensky Deputy Chief, Environmental and Scientific Services Division (ESSD) Regional Warning Coordination, Aviation, and Volcanic Ash Program Manager NOAA/National Weather Service Alaska Region Headquarters

222 West 7th Avenue, #23 Room 517 Anchorage, Alaska 99513-7575 Kyle R. Christiansen Flight Procedures Team FAA, ATO, WSC Operations Support Group, AJV-W24 Primary (Cell): 907-841-6764 Office: 907-271-5187

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