Albersheim, S., Heuwinkel, R., Bacon, D., and Kavoussi, S., "Transferring Experimental Products into Operations the Aviation Weather Technology Transfer Board," SAE Technical Paper 2003-01-2081, 2003, doi:10.4271/2003-01-2081.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recognized that there is a need to establish an orderly path to move Research, Engineering & Development (RE&D) aviation weather products into an operational environment. To address this need, FAA’s Air Traffic System Requirements Service (ARS) established the Aviation Weather Technology Transfer (AWTT) Board with the principal mission to manage and accelerate the transfer of RE&D products into operations. The board is comprised of members that cut across FAA services and includes representation from the National Weather Service (NWS). The board encourages the development of new aviation weather products that improve the depiction and forecasting of weather events that affect not only the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS) but also the efficiency. This paper describes how the board manages this technology transfer process and how it decides whether a product is acceptable for experimental evaluation or operations.