FAA to Decommission Decades-Old System that Keeps Pilots Up to Date on Hazardous Weather

Written by on December 10, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration is discontinuing a nonstop broadcast service that’s been keeping pilots aware of dangerous weather during flights since the early 1980s as part of the agency’s efforts to update and streamline its services. 

According to a final decision notice set to be published in the Federal Register Monday, the FAA will end the Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service, or HIWAS, in early January. The move comes after the agency received aviation-stakeholder feedback on the decision and held a safety-focused panel to address concerns that were raised about it earlier this year.

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