The FAA is hosting a webinar on Dec. 6, focusing on the plans to expand the weather camera network to more locations within the U.S. The NBAA encourages members to join to learn about the plans.
There have been 290 weather cam systems installed in Alaska, Hawaii and Colorado. These cams can act as supplemental preflight and inflight information and serve as a source to monitor meteorological conditions at airports and other en-route locations, the NBAA said.FAA weather cam site
The program began in Alaska in 1999 when the FAA determined that showing real views of current weather conditions could benefit pilots flying VFR. Weather cameras were installed at 53 mountain passes and airport locations in Colorado in the spring of 2020.
"The industry has been asking for an expansion of the (weather camera) program because of the incredible safety (in reducing weather-related accidents) and other operational benefits they provide, especially in remote areas where we don't have weather sensors," NBAA Senior Director AirTraffic Services and Infrastructure Heidi Williams said.Check out live weather cams from the FAA HERE.
The NBAA said these cams offer a high-definition view on a clear day for reference, next to a video displaying the current conditions in any of the four cardinal directions. These cameras allow the user to replay any weather condition over the past hour as well as provide updates every 10 minutes.
Weather cam data is also available online and aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi may view the information in real-time while airborne through the Weather Cam site, according to the NBAA.
The FAA seminar will begin at 1 p.m. on the FAA YouTube channel.
Watch the live Webinar HERE.