FRACS and METSAFE are proud to announce the selection of VigiAero, Weather Impact Prediction for ATM for the SESAR JU Awards! This project can be seen as the symbol of a fruitful and complementary collaboration between the two entities and the DSNA, the French air navigation service provider.
By providing accurate forecasted weather impact information on air traffic to flight management operators, it is also a successful example of a fast-track innovation process fueled by SESAR concepts and R&D activities to improve the overall ATM performance.
VigiAero, Weather Impact Prediction for ATM
VigiAero, Weather Impact Prediction for ATM is a web service that delivers weather impact prediction for ATFCM operations. It supports the flow management operator for decision making in relation with hazardous weather such as thunderstorms.
Initial research and development (R&D) activities have been supported by SESAR’s knowledge transfer network, Engage. The European weather hazards forecast is based on an innovative multimodal approach derived from the ‘MET-Enhanced ATFCM’ project.
Built on the ‘WIPA’ outputs, the VigiAero algorithm crosses ATM and MET information in real time to provide the impact of hazardous weather on the air traffic control capacity. The first trials started in May 2021 within the ATC room of two French upper area control centres. User adoption is already a reality: EUROCONTROL will use VigiAero in its NM prototyping activities.