View Full Version : Starting in June, a whole host of additional FIS-B weather information

04-19-2018, 09:21 AM

In June, the FAA will begin broadcasting lightning strikes, turbulence, icing forecasts, cloud tops, airmets and Center weather advisories over the FIS-B link.

The new weather information will complement the original 13 “baseline” weather products in the FIS-B feed that include Nexrad radar imagery, winds aloft and terminal forecasts, according to John Croft, FAA NextGen Outreach Editor.

Croft explained that turbulence reports will be updated every 15 minutes, while cloud top data will be disseminated in 1,500-foot intervals from 1,500 feet MSL to 15,000 feet and and in 3,000-foot intervals to 24,000 feet. Lightning strike data will be update every five minutes and broadcast over the FIS-B link every five minutes. As always, the FAA warns that Nexrad mosaic information transmitted to ADS-B flight displays or tablets could be up to 15 to 20 minutes old.

Icing data includes real-time predictability for where atmospheric conditions may be conducive to icing, and includes a forecast for potentially affected areas over the next 12 hours. The icing feed is updated every 15 minutes.

Are there any plans on incorporates these new weather features into our screens?

Shawn McGinnis
04-19-2018, 05:13 PM
Yes, we are working with the FAA to add this to the displays.