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Air traffic controllers gain access to next generation doppler weather radar

As part of its continuing efforts to modernize the national airspace system, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA<.>) has installed…

As part of its continuing efforts to modernize the national airspace system, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA<.>) has installed a system at air traffic control facilities that will bring highly accurate weather information directly to controller displays. For the first time ever, advanced Doppler weather information will be displayed directly to air traffic controllers on the same screen as aircraft position data.



The Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) will enhance safety by allowing controllers to reroute air traffic to avoid areas of severe weather. Air traffic controllers at the Fort Worth, TX, Center this week started to use WARP on their displays.



FAA recently replaced outdated controller displays with state-of-the-art equipment. The capabilities of the new display systems enable WARP to provide real-time aviation weather data on the same screen as aircraft position data, using different colors to show varying intensities of precipitation.



WARP also shows precipitation at three different altitudes, allowing controllers to concentrate on the weather appropriate to the precise location and altitude of a particular aircraft. The weather information is shown as background graphics to the aircraft data on the display. This configuration gives the controller a more accurate view of localized

precipitation and supports quicker evaluation of the current weather`s impact on a particular airspace sector.

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