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User currently offlineJulianUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 105 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6794 times:

What airports have access to their own weather radar? I live near a regional airport in the UK and they are taking their vectoring suggestions from aircraft coming into them, rather than being able to see the weather themselves - is this just restricted to major airports having their own weather radar systems and doing their own vectoring?


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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

The airport having weather radar doesn't do alot for the controller. The controllers radar like the ASR 9 does a fairly good job of providing accurate weather return, but if you are also equipped with a terminal doppler weather radar (TDWR) you can take a look at that with all the pretty colors and then go to your position of airspace and see how the ATC radar corresponds to what you just looked at on the TDWR. Hope this helps a bit.

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User currently offlineSkyman From Germany, joined May 2006, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

Well from the most WXradar of controllers I know it is not so good and we rely on what the pilots say. It is also better because the pilot tells you where he wants to avoid anyway.

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