This is helping the EUROCONTROL NM to move flows of traffic as efficiently as possible, and ensuring maximum situational awareness for all users when significant adverse weather conditions have been identified that are set to affect multiple sectors.
Disruptive convective activities – clouds and resulting weather phenomena, such as showers, thunderstorms, squalls, hail, tornadoes – can impact large portions of airspace simultaneously. When bad weather hits multiple sectors and on a cross-border border basis, solutions taken in isolation or locally may prove inadequate.
For this reason – and in light of the very negative effect of bad weather on operations over summer 2018 – the EUROCONTROL NM has set up a procedure that defines roles and responsibilities for managing en-route weather, and takes a network-minded approach. As the only actor with a ‘helicopter view’ of the network, and extensive experience in managing network events with the right communications facilities – via the Network Operations Portal (NOP) portal and NM’s B2B web services – the EUROCONTROL NM is able to ensure that all stakeholders are kept in the loop, and collective decisions taken