WICAP Airline Manual published

The new WICAP Airline Manual has been published under the WMO-IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP).

The Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) observing system is a well-established, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) programme that has existed since the 1980s, producing reports of meteorological observations that are transmitted from aircraft to the World Area Forecast Centres and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) for use in global and regional Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) systems and other meteorological applications. 

The WMO-IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP) brings together the strengths of the well-recognized and extensive technical expertise of the WMO and the operational capability of IATA to provide the framework to support and grow AMDAR. This joint initiative is designed to increase the efficiency of the programme and to provide the programmatic and operational framework for all airlines to participate. 

The objective of the WICAP Airline Manual is to serve as a guide for airlines eager to know more about the benefits that aircraft-based observations and specifically the AMDAR programme may bring to their operations, safety, and efficiency, and how to proceed with their interest to join this successful, global programme for the benefit of their own organization and the aviation industry.