Pilots setting their course for the AOPA Fly-In at Carbondale, Illinois, presented by Southern Illinois University Aviation, Oct. 5 and 6 can get a head start on their weather awareness using a web-based tool created especially for the event by the FAA’s Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center and the National Weather Service.
The team that developed the weather product, the National Weather Service Center Weather Services Unit located at the Kansas City ARTCC, created the tool “as part of an inter-agency collaboration between the FAA and NWS to enhance integrated decision support services” within the center. Team representatives briefed AOPA and other organizations on the weather tool in advance of the AOPA Fly-In at Carbondale.
Carbondale’s tower controllers will also use the tool for situational awareness, said controller Eric Jennings. Most traffic will arrive under visual flight rules, and the weather data will help controllers provide the highest safety margin possible while managing the arrivals, holding procedures, and departures.
AOPA encourages all pilots to receive a full weather briefing before their flights to and from Carbondale.