Providing Go/No-Go Weather Information to Air Ambulance Pilots

Challenge: 

In 2006, the FAA required a review of rescue helicopter crashes. The review revealed that a lack of detailed weather information was often a factor.

Solution: 

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)

The HEMS tool is an extension of NCAR’s Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) which provides pilots easy-to-use web access to a variety of critical aviation weather information, such as ceiling, visibility, flight category, winds, icing severity, relative humidity, temperature, radar, satellite, etc.

Benefits: 

The HEMS tool became operational at the Aviation Weather Center in 2015. User reports showed ambulance pilots rely on the HEMS tool to make quick, life-saving decisions.