July 2016 Issue

NTSB Looking At Future Pirep Improvements

Safety board convenes industry forum to find ways of modernizing pilot weather reports.

New ways to improve pilot reports—Pireps, including their collection, dissemination and use—is the topic of a two-day forum the NTSB announced in early June. Entitled “PIREPs: Pay it Forward...Because Weather for One is Weather for None,” the forum is expected to draw other federal agencies, air carrier organizations, aviation associations and academics. Panel-discussion topics are set to include “the use and significance of Pirep information to weather services, air traffic controllers, pilots and researchers; the lifecycle of a Pirep; Pirep training, education and operations; and future improvements and emerging technologies for Pireps,” the NTSB said.

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