February 24, 2010

NWS Books (pdf) for children

You may be aware of these, but they were new to me ...

NWS publishes a series of small books in pdf format for school age children. Download them at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures.shtml

The one about Tornadoes, although it uses language suitable for young folks, has some fascinating facts:

"Most tornadoes happen in April, May, and June in the Central and Southeast United States. But they have occurred in every month and in every state."

"Oklahoma City has been struck by tornadoes about 32 times in the past 90 years."

"One town, Codell, Kansas, was struck threes times: In 1916, 1917 and 1918-each time on May 20."

February 23, 2010

Lock Haven (LHV) airport is now home to a flight school.

Dr. H. Paul Shuch, founder and chief flight instructor of AvSport of Lock Haven, introduced his business to City Council at its Monday work session.

AvSport, which opened Jan. 1, specializes in training in modern light sport aircraft, he stated, and students can earn the FAA's new Sport Pilot License with half the training time and at less cost than other licensing.

Shuch said his dream has been to run a flight school, and he chose the city's airport because, among a variety of reasons, it is the home of the Piper Cub which started light sport aviation.
(read complete article at The Express ...)

William T. Piper Memorial Airport is the finest "little airport" located in the heart of central Pennsylvania.  Their DigiWx Advisor weather station is online at www.digiwx-lock-haven.com.

Garnett Industrial Airport (K68) has new DigiWx system

The Garnett Industrial Airport (K68), located in Garnett, KS has just completed the installation of the Belfort DigiWx II AWOS AV system.

View the Garnett, KS weather data online.

The Belfort DigiWx II is an automated weather system reporting FAA certified altimeter and FAA certified visibility with advisory winds, temperature and humidity.  The real time weather report is available over the Unicom radio as well as telephone dial-in.   The DigiWx II is approved for FAA Part 91 and FAA Part 135 IFR approaches and is specifically designed for General Aviation airports.

“Adding the AWOS AV to our airport adds another layer of safety to the airport operations, this according to Gary Ecclefield, Airport Manager, he continues, “also, the weather reporting system expands the capabilities of our Airport”.

AirportIQ 5010 and DigiWx

Belfort Instrument Company, a manufacturer of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS AV) and GCR & Associates, a provider of aviation , professional, and technical services, have teamed together to post an airport’s real-time DigiWx weather data on GCR’s FAA 5010 page.

See, for example, Greenville, IL at AirportIQ 5010 - GRE,
or search for an airport at AirportIQ 5010 search.

The 5010 Airport Master Record is a listing of the airport’s facilities including runway(s), obstructions, navigation equipment, services, number of based aircraft, etc.

February 21, 2010

Aviation Weather Forum Registration Page

Aviation Weather Forum Registration Page

On Friday and Saturday, March 26th and 27th, 2010, an aviation weather workshop will be held in the Harold White aviation building at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

Among the topics to be discussed are a review of National Weather Service (NWS) products and services; airline, pilot, and air traffic controller needs for aviation weather services; interpretation of weather data focusing on radar and satellite imagery; weather impacts on aviation operations; aviation weather research and new technology; and the identification of NWS best practices.

February 17, 2010

DigiWx Weather Stations Locator

DigiWx, from Belfort Instrument, has a web site up that shows the location of DigiWx weather stations across the U.S.  Click on a marker and a small window pops up with airport details (Airport name and FAA identifier, city, state, latitude and longitude).  Weather stations with an online web site have green markers.

An extra added feature is current METARS from the weather stations that have an online web site is shown below the Google map.  The METARS rotate through each station, showing each airport's METAR for about 10 seconds.

February 16, 2010

All Weather, Inc. for Pago Pago

Safety With AWI AWOS: "All Weather, Inc. (AWI) has been selected to supply the Pago Pago International Airport with an Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS)."