ESRL Global Systems Division

Enhanced Traffic Management System (ETMS)

About the Project:

The ETMS is a real-time aircraft tracking system being used operationally by all FAA air traffic control personnel to direct aircraft flow in the United States NAS. Goals of the ETMS are to maintain save airways, help minimize delays, and conserve energy. Weather plays a key role in all three of these areas. The section has developed and operationally deployed the Aviation Weather Network, designed to add real-time weather information to the ETMS for display on the Traffic Situation Display and provide automation support for strategic planning of the National Airspace

Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream product
Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream product

Work continues with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in integrating new aviation-tailored weather products on to the Aircraft Situation Display and upgrading the Aviation Weather Network to handle the latest improvements to the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) gridded datasets. The RUC grids are used to create displays for the Traffic Situation Display and provide automation support for strategic planning of the National Airspace System.

Northern Hemisphere Winds Aloft product
Northern Hemisphere Winds Aloft product

Work will continue pending future project funding.

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