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Inputs from EATCHIP, MICA and //OBJ_OBJ_TXT The rationale for this task of the 4th Framework Programme Transport is that future ATM scenarios covering 4D navigation capabilities, air-ground datalink exchanges and ATN internetworking of service providers will offer the possibility to improve the user awareness of changes to meteorological conditions.
The exchange of weather information between ground-based actors on the one side and airborne users on the other side will have a tremendous and direct impact on the performance and effectiveness of the three main players concerned with weather forecasting: the airline operators, the weather information providers and the ATC authorities. The improved weather forecasting will also have an indirect impact on all organisations and individuals whose functioning is impacted by weather conditions (e.g. road transport, construction industry, sports and culture). This project has the objective to look from these three perspectives at the exchange of weather information between air and ground and particularly investigate the impact of using airborne sensors for weather nowcasting.
To demonstrate the feasibility with currently available technology, the project consortium will develop a prototype system based on existing building blocks and specifically aimed at enhancing a flight planning system with a weather information processing component and at extending the datalink to aircraft in order to test the bi-directional exchange of weather information between flight planning and the on-board systems of an Airbus 340 airplane.
The project will also explicitly investigate the benefits of the availability of weather data coming from in-flight sensors for both ATC and Weather forecasting.
Both the functional and operational requirements will take into account the possible impacts of a free flight ATM scenario. 4MIDABLE.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
WR14 1BU Malvern, Worcestershire