Spring 2022 FPAW Meetings
When, Where and How
The Spring 2022 FPAW Plenary meeting will take place the week of April 18, 2022. A final decision on the format of the meeting will be made in late February 2022.
In-Person + Virtual: If the Spring 2022 FPAW Plenary meeting is held in person, it will take place from 1:00 PM EDT – 5:00 PM EDT on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 19, 2022, and from 8:00 AM EDT – 5:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in the MITRE 1 Auditorium (1H220) on the MITRE campus in McLean, VA. The capability to join the meeting and participate virtually will be provided.
Under this scenario, the Spring 2022 FPAW Planning meeting will likely be held from 8:00 AM EDT – 12:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in the same location on the MITRE campus and with the same virtual meeting capability.
Virtual Only: If the Spring 2022 FPAW Plenary meeting is conducted virtual-only (no in-person), it will take place from 11:00 AM EDT – 4:00 PM EDT daily Tuesday, April 19, 2022, through Thursday, April 21, 2022.
The Spring 2022 FPAW Planning meeting will then be held approximately two weeks later, likely on Wednesday, May 5, 2022, also from 11:00 AM EDT – 4:00 PM EDT.
Who and What
The Spring 2022 FPAW Plenary meeting will be comprised of three primary (~3-hour) and three secondary (~ 1-hour) sessions. The exact sequence of sessions has yet to be determined, so do not read anything into their order at this time.
Primary Session #1: Low Altitude Weather (Ralph Stoffler/Raytheon Technologies)
The objective of the session will be to outline the status of low altitude weather, and help set a direction for future low altitude weather needs in policy, sensing and forecasting. We will start by providing basic definitions of low altitude weather, along with the ways that natural terrain and man-made features impact weather in this stratum. The largest block of time will focus on how this weather impacts aviation operating in the lower altitudes, with a focus on drones and future autonomous operations. We will address fixed, rotary, and EVTOL aircraft as well as traditional large aircraft transiting through the layer. Emerging policy, roles of industry and government and emerging performance standards for weather data will be discussed. The session format will be short 5-minute presentations on each subject area with a 10- to 15-minute panel and Q&A after each presentation.
Primary Session #2: NextGen Weather: Past, Present and Future (Le Jiang/IMSG and Bill Bauman/FAA)
This session will first review the original vision of NextGen Aviation Weather and ATM-Weather integration (Past). Next, the status of current Aviation Weather and ATM-Weather Integration efforts will be examined, including those that follow or deviate from this vision. Panelists from the FAA, the research community, and industry will exchange the practical constraints, difficulties, and lessons learned (Present). Finally, the session will close with updates and discussion of the future direction of Aviation Weather and ATM-Weather Integration, in the context of ever-evolving core technologies and science (Future).
Primary Session #3: Translation of Aviation Weather into Impacts for Non-Meteorologists (Joel Siegel/Booz Allen Hamilton)
As meteorologists, we are used to going to conferences to learn more about meteorological advances in technologies and forecasting techniques. But how do we communicate the nuances to our customers and end users for use in their daily operations? This session, Translation of Aviation Weather into Impacts for Use by Non-Meteorologists, will bring together different experts in the field of translating weather information in the aviation industry. We will dive into the reasons why effective translation is critical to flight operations, and then explore the impacts of human factors on communicating this information. The goal of our session is to engage with the audience to begin developing a set of translation-related requirements that we can deliver later to the FAA’s Weather Community of Interest.
Secondary Session #1: Ongoing FPAW Topics (Tom Ryan/AvMet Applications)
While not completely settled at this time, it appears that this one-hour session is likely to focus solely on a single topic, one first explored at FPAW one year ago that has been in the press in recent days in a very big way: the effects of the 5G rollout on aviation operations in the NAS.
Secondary Session #2: The Role of Weather in Enhancing Aviation Efficiency and Reducing Carbon Emissions (Gary Pokodner/FAA)
This session will discuss weather-related causal factors of excessive fuel burn and carbon emissions in flight operations. The panel will be composed of a mix of pilots, researchers, dispatchers, and air traffic controllers. The objective of the session is to develop a prioritized list of weather-related causal factors that can provide the biggest bang for the buck to resolve based on the complexity of the issue and the potential reduction in emissions. The session will also include brief presentations on a few current FAA effort to reduce emissions.
Secondary Session #3: FPAW Organizational Updates (Matt Fronzak/MITRE and Matthias Steiner/NCAR)
A significant organizational change will be up for discussion during this conversation led by FPAW’s co- chairs. This session may be very important to the future of FPAW; everyone is encouraged to stick around for it, listen carefully and provide feedback.