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Pilots needed for FAA research on using weather data in Alaska

Alaska Dispatch
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An aviation weather research project focused on the 49th state will benefit from precise data logged by the thousands of General Aviation pilots flying high in Alaska skies.

Alaskan aviators are encouraged to volunteer to be interviewed for the aviation weather project, which aims determine best practices for accessing and using weather data while flying in Alaska. The University of North Dakota and University of Alaska Anchorage are jointly conducting research with funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The interviews will focus on weather data collected by Alaska pilots during pre-planning as well as in-flight. Here's a little more about the project, thanks to a press release from the Alaska Air Carriers Association:

The study focuses on Alaska and builds on work conducted by UND and the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Results will be used to develop . . . operational scenarios concerning weather information needs and usage. This will be used for development of a full General Aviation Concept of Operations by the FAA. 

Interviews will be conducted in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel and Southeast Alaska Dec. 10-20. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Fred Remer with the University of North Dakota Department of Atmospheric Science.

Be prepared to discuss your preferred methods for receiving weather data while planning a flight and during the flight itself. Remer can be reached at remer@atmos.und.edu or via cell phone at (701)740-9356.