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ISSUE 17 YEAR 2015
"Climb/Descend Via" Clearances
Focal Point: Reducing Loss of Control Accidents in Business Aviation
Flight Vis: Countermeasures for Distraction
ASI Message: The State of Training
Lessons Learned: By the Book
SMS Corner: Aviation Food Safety and Security
Greetings! I recently attended
the CHC Safety and Quality
Summit, a superb annual aviation
safety event hosted in Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada, by CHC
Helicopters. This year's theme was
integrating safety management
across all areas of an operation.
Through the course of workshops,
the case was well made that safety
does not begin or end in the cockpit
or the chief pilot's office. Rather,
it's a cultural connection point for
every function in an organization.
That's why you'll find articles in
here on food safety and smart
phones alongside ones addressing
weather planning, interpreting ATC
clearances, and sharing accident
lessons learned. Effective safety
leaders are active participants and
inclusive good listeners. Striking that
balance takes work, but it's vital
nutrition for growing an integrated
safety culture. Fly smart and fly safe.
Paul Ratté
Director of Aviation Safety
Programs, USAIG
Strategic Weather Forecasting
A Collaborative Development BY LEE SMITH
If you were to look only at the weather products
contained in a standard weather briefing,
you might think that there haven't been many
changes to aviation weather forecasting in quite
some time. In fact, over the past few years,
there have been many innovations in the aviation
weather products offered by the National
er. According to Don Berchoff, Vice President
Americas and Transport for MetraWeather
Americas, "Convective weather has the biggest
impact on the economy from a weather perspective,
and pinpointing the intensity and location of
that impact is also the most difficult to forecast."
To address the impact of convective weather on
air traffic delays, reroutes, and cancellations,
the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), NWS, and the airline industry jointly
developed the Collaborative Convective
Forecast Product (CCFP), first issued in
1999, to be a strategic planning tool.
The CCFP is unique in many ways.
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement
...the Collaborative Aviation Weather
Statement (CAWS) was also recently
initiated and is currently available for
public testing through October of 2015.
Weather Service (NWS). While the standard
briefing products provide a straightforward set
of observations and forecasts for areas, the
newer products generally provide additional
information to enable operators to make more
nuanced decisions.
Many of the newer products relate to forecasting
and operationally managing convective weathIt
is a collaborative graphical weather
product representing the input of many
stakeholders, both at the airlines and
at the government, rather than just one
forecaster. It is also designed specifically
to forecast the potential for convective
activity to impact operations within
the national airspace system. It is not
intended to be a general thunderstorm
Although the collaborative element of
the CCFP involves impact on airline flight
operations, the products are designed to be useful
for all aircraft. The CCFP product is issued
every two hours and includes graphics depicting
forecast convective areas four, six, and eight
hours after the issuance time. To be included in
the CCFP, an area of at least 3,000 square miles
must have at least a 25 percent probability of at
least 25 percent coverage of moderate or worse
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