Weather Technology in the Cockpit

Weather information products for use in aircraft cockpits that have entered into the general aviation (GA) aircraft market over the past 10 years have the ability to provide accurate, detailed, and timely meteorological information to pilots that far exceed historical capabilities. These products have been designed and implemented with the ultimate goal of allowing pilots to make better decisions regarding their intended flight operations with respect to current and predicted weather conditions along their planned or current route of flight. There has been an expectation that this would lead to an increase in safety, as evidenced by a significant reduction in weather related accidents or incidents. Despite the proliferation of these products, initial observations are that the level of weather-related accidents and incidents has not decreased significantly. The goals of the Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) Program are to incorporate WTIC research into released Federal Aviation Administration/Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (FAA/RTCA) standards/guidance documents; improve pilot decision making relative to adverse weather; enhance crew awareness and coordination relative to turbulence; specify minimum weather service for meteorological (MET) information in cockpits; and report “National Airspace System (NAS)” inefficiencies (NextGen and current) not attributable to resolved MET information in the cockpit shortfalls. For the first phase, the WTIC Sub-Projects, core university members, and affiliate university members are organized according to the following four projects: (1) WTIC Project A: Quantifying Causality – Ohio State University (Shawn Pruchnicki, Technical Lead); (2) WTIC Project B: VFR/VMC to IMC Transition – Purdue University (Tom Carney, Technical Lead), affiliate: Western Michigan University; (3) WTIC Project C: General Aviation Weather Alerting – Texas A&M University (Tom Ferris, Technical Lead), affiliate: Western Michigan University; and (4) WTIC Project D: General Aviation MET Information Optimization – Purdue University (Barrett Caldwell, Technical Lead), affiliate: Western Michigan University.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Centers of Excellence - Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $2,494,393.83
  • Contract Numbers:












  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Ian

  • Performing Organizations:

    Purdue University, School of Industrial Engineering

    315 N. Grant Street
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907

    Texas A&M University, Industrial & Systems Engineering

    3131 TAMU
    Emerging Technologies Building
    College Station, TX  United States  77843

    Ohio State University, Center for Aviation Studies

    2036 Neil Avenue
    Bolz Hall, Suite 228
    Columbus, OH  United States  43210
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pruchnicki, Shawn

    Caldwell, Barrett

    Ferris, Thomas

    Carney, Thomas

  • Start Date: 20140117
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: PEGASAS Project 4

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01587303
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability
  • Contract Numbers: 12-C-GA-PU-007,017,020,033,043, 12-C-GA-TEES-002,004,008,013, 12-C-GA-OSU-003,011,019,027, 12-C-GA-PU-062, 12-C-GA-TEES-021, 12-C-GA-TEES-031, 12-C-GA-OSU-043, 12-C-GA-OSU-050, 12-C-GA-PU-070, 12-C-GA-PU-076, 12-C-GA-PU-094
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 19 2016 4:03PM