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The little picture: How weather cameras impact flight safety

from By Mark Huber

Within the next few weeks, the FAA is expected to make a decision on whether to install aviation weather cameras throughout strategic locations in Hawaii. The Pacific island state has a microclimate that is highly changeable and localized and where unforecast weather has contributed to numerous fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft accidents for decades. It's a good idea. The FAA installed weather cams in Alaska in 1999, and the National Transportation Safety Board credits them with contributing to a 53 percent reduction in weather-related aviation accidents between 2008 and 2011. more

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