Ice warning reach pilots faster thanks to system upgrade

National Geographic features a story on a new way pilots can be warned about dangerous ice conditions.

The system called Current Icing Product (CIP) had been available to air traffic controller and weather forecasters before. Now aircraft pilots can access the CIP information directly thanks to a recent upgrade.

The CIP system combines reports from sources ranging from weather radar to surface observations. The information can now be streamed directly into an aircraft cockpit.

Prior to the system upgrade, reports could only be read by those trained to make sense of the of the data, then the reports were relayed to air traffic controllers and weather experts. Now pilots can access the information while flying, giving more time to avoid dangerous icy conditions.
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