NTSB Sets Forum on Pilot Weather Reports

"We cannot control the weather, but we certainly can plan for it when we receive reports about conditions experienced by others along our intended route," said NTSB Member Robert Sumwalt, the forum's presiding board member.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced it will host a forum June 21-22 about the use of pilot weather reports, commonly known as PIREPs. The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NTSB's headquarters in Washington, D.C., where residents are still coming to grips with reduced service on the Metro subway system as the SafeTrack emergency track maintenance program commenced June 4.

The forum is titled "PIREPs: Pay it Forward . . . Because Weather for One is Weather for None." It will focus on the need to improve the PIREP and weather dissemination process, future improvements, and emerging technologies that may improve pilots' awareness of weather conditions.

"We cannot control the weather, but we certainly can plan for it when we receive reports about conditions experienced by others along our intended route," said NTSB Member Robert Sumwalt, the forum's presiding board member. "For PIREPs to be most effective, they must be accurate and made quickly available in the National Airspace System. There are several problems degrading the effectiveness of PIREPs, and it is our intent to use information gathered during our forum – from across the broad spectrum of the aviation community – to find ways to best improve PIREP handling and use."

Topics for the panel discussions include the use and significance of PIREP information to weather services, air traffic controllers, pilots and researchers; the lifecycle of a PIREP; PIREP training, education, and operations; and future improvements and emerging technologies for PIREPs. NTSB anticipates more than 16 aviation stakeholders and partners, including federal agencies, airlines, associations and academic organizations, will participate in the forum, which is free and open to the public and also available as a webcast at http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/. Stakeholder interested in participating in the forum but unable to attend may submit an inquiry or provide insights at PIREP.Forum@ntsb.gov.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping there are always questions regarding the requirements and in and outs. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together this page with critical information to help answer your key questions about OSHA recordkeeping.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We put together a guide that’s easy to digest so you can ensure you're complying with OSHA's training standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus
Live From NSC