FAA proposes eliminating airport weather observers

Heat waves distort a picture of airplanes waiting to take off from National Airport on April 26 (JIM LO SCALZO, EPA)
Heat waves distort a picture of airplanes waiting to take off from National Airport on April 26 (JIM LO SCALZO, EPA)

The responsibility for monitoring the skies at airports across the country may shift from meteorological professionals to air traffic controllers under a proposal from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Aviation groups and weather observers, whose jobs are at risk, have expressed concern that air traffic controllers may be poorly suited for warning pilots of rapidly changing weather hazards.

More information about this development is available in a report from the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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