NEW FREE WEATHER PRODUCTS COMING TO THE ADS-B FEED
Good news: The FAA is introducing a host of new weather products to the subscription-free ADS-B broadcast feed to provide pilots with even more information they can use to make better en route decisions.
Starting this month, the FAA will begin broadcasting lightning strikes, turbulence, icing forecasts, modeled cloud tops, graphical airmets and center weather advisories over the FIS-B link. The added weather information will complement the original 13 “base line” weather products in the FIS-B feed that include Nexrad radar imagery, winds aloft, terminal forecasts and more.
The FAA says turbulence reports will be updated every 15 minutes, while the “modeled” cloud top data (sorry, no actual cloud top reports will be included) will be disseminated in 1,500foot intervals from 1,500 feet msl to 15,000 feet and in 3,000-foot intervals to 24,000 feet. Lightning-strike data will be updated every five minutes and broadcast over the FIS-B link every five minutes. Icing data, meanwhile, includes real-time predictability for where atmospheric conditions may be conducive to icing, and includes a forecast for potentially affected areas over the next 12 hours. The icing data is updated every 15 minutes.
While the new ADS-B information goes live in June, pilots will only gain access to the additional weather products after their ADS-B avionics software or tablet apps have been updated to receive the feed information.