FAA expands Weather Camera Program to Hawaii

The FAA is expanding its weather-camera services to Hawaii.

The cameras, which already are installed in Alaska and Colorado, improve safety by providing pilots with near-real time video of weather conditions at their destinations and along their intended flight routes.

The FAA has had weather cams in Alaska for more than 20 years.

The Hawaii project will install 23 camera facilities throughout the islands. Each facility can accommodate up to four cameras.

The FAA has completed engineering surveys and site selections on Kauai, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai, and will begin surveys on Oahu and the Big Island in March 2021. Images can be viewed at WeatherCams.FAA.gov.

The FAA plans to begin camera installations on Kauai in March and will move to the other islands as the agency develops engineering plans, obtains leases and permits, and procures the equipment, according to officials. Agency officials add they expect images from the Kauai cameras will be on its weather-camera website in mid-2021.

The FAA established working groups of aircraft operators and FAA experts on each island to identify prime locations for camera installations and to “ensure robust communication between pilots and the agency about the project’s progress,” officials noted. The FAA is basing site locations on flight routes and areas where weather conditions commonly affect and interrupt flight operations, they added.

Weather cameras in Alaska have been successful for 20 years. Last year, the FAA helped the Colorado Department of Transportation implement a weather camera program to improve pilot awareness of weather conditions above the Rocky Mountains.

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