Aviation Applications Program


Pilots can assess flight hazards on Operational ADDS

Convective hazards impact the safety, efficiency and economic viability of oceanic aircraft.

Airline adopting satellite-based technology developed by NCAR

Matthias Steiner, RAL scientist, chosen as an AMS Fellow

Matthias Steiner Honored for Years of Outstanding Contributions

Debunking the Myths of Turbulence

Lightning Impacts on Aviation

Balancing Safety and Efficiency in a Complex System


About AAP

Weather Technologies for the Global Aviation System

Providing advanced weather technologies to support aviation and space operations
Aviation weather represents the majority of RALs work. Within the aviation application area, our current research emphases are: in–flight icing; snowfall and freezing precipitation; convective storm nowcasting and forecasting; atmospheric turbulence; numerical weather prediction; remote sensing; data assimilation; precipitation physics; ceiling and visibility; oceanic weather; and verification methods. Development of useful aviation applications requires a strong connection between our work and the needs of aviators. End–user requirements are considered at each step along the development path. Our work tends to be heavily oriented toward real–time operational systems and this focus leads to an emphasis on algorithm development, specialized graphical displays, systems engineering, operational demonstrations, and the associated scientific validations and user–oriented evaluations.

AAP Solutions

Descending air curls outward and upward as it slams into the ground in a microburst near Denver's former Stapleton International Airport on July 6, 1984, during the CLAWS project. (Photo by Wendy Schreiber-Abshire, ©UCAR. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)
How the Jumbo Outbreak of 1974 helped lead to safer air travel

It takes a sharp eye to find something positive in the wreckage of the worst swarm of U.S. tornadoes on record. Ted Fujita had just such... more

HEMS graphically displays obscuration of visibility in areas and the resulting flight categories. Photo courtesy Air Methods
Air Ambulance Pilots Rely on Weather Tool to Make Life-saving Decisions

It’s rush hour. The bumper-to-bumper traffic is creeping on a foggy, drizzly day. A horrific car accident has left a person... more

How investigating the atmosphere is improving our lives

April 27, 2012  •  There hasn’t been a single U.S. airline flight downed by wind shear in more than 15 years. That’s no accident. It’s... more

AAP Contacts