Aviation Applications Program

Convective hazards impact the safety, efficiency and economic viability of oceanic aircraft.

Airline adopting satellite-based technology developed by NCAR

Scott Landolt, NCAR scientist, works with high school intern, Andy Sun, at the Marshall Field Site.

NCAR’s high school research program

Matthias Steiner, RAL scientist, chosen as an AMS Fellow

Matthias Steiner Honored for Years of Outstanding Contributions

Debunking the Myths of Turbulence

Lightning Impacts on Aviation

Balancing Safety and Efficiency in a Complex System

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About AAP

Weather Technologies for the Global Aviation System

Providing advanced weather technologies to support aviation and space operations
Aviation weather provided the starting point for RAL's research work. Within the aviation application area, our current research emphases are: in–flight icing; snowfall and freezing precipitation; convective storm nowcasting and forecasting; atmospheric turbulence; numerical weather prediction; remote sensing; data assimilation; precipitation physics; ceiling and visibility; oceanic weather; verification methods; and advanced dissemination technology to users on the ground and in the air. Development of useful aviation applications requires a strong connection between our work and the needs of aviators. End–user requirements are considered at each step along the development path. Our work tends to be heavily oriented toward real–time operational systems and this focus leads to an emphasis on algorithm development, specialized graphical displays, systems engineering, operational demonstrations, and the associated scientific validations and user–oriented evaluations.

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