You can help define user needs from NextGen by answering Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) project survey. The survey is one component of an intercollegiate research project being performed by the University of North Dakota, the University of Alaska and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
One of the necessary first steps in implementing the NextGen is to determine what its users need. NextGen is intended to transform the National Airspace System and airports by using 21st century technologies to meet forecast needs. Integrated real-time weather data is necessary for all system users in support of NextGen’s goals, but current weather data is not well integrated nor is it adequate to meet user needs.
The research project will determine what general aviation pilots needs are in the cockpit for weather including: how to implement and educate pilots on the use of such technology. UND is tasked with determining what the specific needs of GA pilots are and then drafting a user needs statement. The WTIC user needs segment will assess user needs for different phases of flight, map the different user groups, and obtain user group input in developing a user information needs statement.
Project organizers are interested in the opinions of GA pilots throughout the country. Complete the following user needs survey by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DPYFMRB. No responses will not be linked back to you, it is completely anonymous. For more information contact Leslie Martin, Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota.