The Global Data Center (GDC) provides a wide range of aviation and plain language weather information to complement our flight planning services. Weather services include textual weather information and graphical weather products. Access to these services is available via telephone, datalink, and the Weather Center.
Textual weather information includes METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, NOTAMs, SIGMETs, Digital ATIS, TWIP, Winds and Temperatures Aloft Forecasts, Area Forecasts, Route Weather Briefings, Metro and State Forecasts, and Passenger Weather Briefings.
Graphical weather products include Radar Images, High-level and Low-level Significant Weather Prognostics, Winds and Temperatures Aloft Forecast charts, and Weather Depiction charts, to name a few. The web-based Weather Center is a one-stop shop for all of these products, including Passenger Weather Briefings.
Weather graphics via datalink are currently available to an upgraded AFIS Data Management Unit (DMU) interfaced with either a Honeywell FMZ-2000 series FMS with 6.0 (or greater) software and a CD-820 Control Display Unit (CDU) or with a Global GNS-XLS Enhanced FMS and Remote Processing Unit (RPU). Available weather graphics products include US national NEXRAD and regional NEXRAD charts, US categorical METAR (CATMET) charts, worldwide high-level significant weather prognostics, and worldwide winds and temperatures aloft forecast charts.
When threatening weather is a concern, flight crews are able to access a variety of critical weather reports and forecasts from virtually anywhere in the world. The GDC's NEXRAD imagery delivered via datalink provides a 360-degree view of hazardous weather, enabling crews to circumnavigate storms in lieu of diverting. On the ground, GDC weather products are specifically tailored to meet the demanding needs of your organization. Access to the most current weather information will help your flight crews make the right decisions on the ground and during flight.