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Title: Weather Impacts to Philadelphia Air Traffic Operations


1
Weather Impacts to Philadelphia Air Traffic
Operations
National Weather Service Workshop
David Conley, FAA
June 6, 2006
2
Aerial Photo of PHL Tower/TRACON
3
Aerial Photo of PHL Intl Airport looking south
4
  • Weather Challenges
  • Lightning
  • Impedes flight operations
  • Inhibits ramp operation
  • Risk to Equipment

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  • Weather Challenges
  • Low ceilings
  • Low Visibilities

7
WINTER FLYING CAN PRESENT SOME UNIQUE CHALLENGES
. . . . .
  • Fog, particular rolling river fog

8
Challenges
  • Micro bursts
  • Thunderstorms

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Challenges
  • Winter Weather
  • Ice
  • Snow

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Operational decisions minimize the amount of
time an aircraft spends on the ground after being
deiced/anti-iced!
13
Air Traffic Demand is Growing
14
PHL Traffic Trend since Sept 2001
15
DHL B747 departing PHL
16
Air Traffic Density
17
Delay Causes Sept 04-Mar 05
18
Delay Causes
19
PHILADELPHIA DELAY CAUSES
March data through the 10th
Snow
Snow
20
What do we need?
  • Accurate forecasting down to fine grain details.
  • Precise ceiling heights
  • Visibility
  • Wind direction and speed
  • Times of changes

21
What do we need?
One-stop shopping vs. sorting through several
weather forecast providers and draw an
instinctive conclusion.
22
Why do we need it?
  • Planning of arrival/departure rates
  • Managing of ATC System via TMIs
  • GS, GDP, AFP, MIT, time-based metering, etc.
  • Distribution of resources
  • Staffing
  • Equipment

23
PHL Airport Layout
24
ILS RWY 9R Approach
25
Minimums for Converging ILS RWY 17 Approach
26
  • Questions?

27
A question for you.
28
Is this how clouds are really made?
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