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The FAA Weather Camera Program was searching for ways to advance flight safety through the creative use of technology that would provide weather updates in the form of real-time camera images. The FAA’s plan was to incorporate IP services to support their Weather Camera sites, which transmit digital camera images from various locations across the state to a central location in Anchorage.
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Familiar with finding innovative ways to employ technology, GCI responded. We provided IP services to more than 125 points of presence throughout Alaska, which meant the FAA was able to successfully meet implementation schedules, budgets and performance objectives. Pilots and flight service station specialists now receive near real-time weather images of airports and strategic locations for enhanced situational awareness, preflight planning and en route weather briefings.
Since the FAA and GCI’s solution began rolling out in 2008, weather-related accidents have decreased by 53 percent. “GCI’s availability and flexibility of services, plus their standardized contract cost model, has been a big part of our overall program successes,” said FAA Program Manager Walter Combs.