FedEx Weather Services Air Operations Division
Mission Provide the most accurate weather forecasts and briefings for North American and Caribbean operations. The Meteorology department also provides the timeliest technical meteorological data to support international flight operations. Through continuous efforts to support customer alignment in support of quality, the Meteorology department helps to ensure FedEx remains the safest, most reliable and cost-efficient air transportation system in the world.
Fast Facts • Operates 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week • Located within Global Operations Control, which is the department’s primary customer • Staff of 15 • Approved by FAA as primary source of forecasts for all domestic trunk flights and some international flights
Responsibilities • Issue terminal forecasts twice daily for nearly 150 domestic and a few international locations with valid times of 16-27 hours • Issue SNOCON alerts for Memphis, Newark, and Indy hubs • Participate in the production of the Collaborative Convective Forecast Product (CCFP) • Forecast temperature, wind, and altimeter settings for hubs and high-altitude ramps • Expert advice offered within company, including: • several daily weather briefings to GOC specialists • briefings to flight crews, as necessary • guidance on en-route hazardous weather conditions (i.e., icing, turbulence) • other meteorological conditions that may affect daily operations (tropical contingencies, volcanic ash, winter weather, etc.)
WINDS website • Primary source of weather information for FDX Corp. • Displays all pertinent weather data (obs, radar, satellite, model data, SIGMETS, PIREPS, etc.) in graphical and/or textual formats • Available on corporate intranet and on the internet via pilot.fedex.com • National Weather Service and IPS Meteostar, Inc. (IPSM) are data providers • IPSM servers process all incoming data for display in WINDS
FedEx Forecasts DLH FT FEDEX 2216Z-2309Z 4 BKN 1SM BR 0910 OCNL 2 X 1/4SM FG VCRA 19Z 8 BKN 11/2SM BR 0910 OCNL 4 BKN 3/4SM FG 04Z 4 BKN 2SM BR OCNL 2 X 3/4SM FG * = MEM FT FEDEX 2216Z-2312Z ABV 2000/3 1508 03Z ABV 2000/3 1104 =
Staff Melvin Bradley, Manager John Burns Dale Marks Dale Dockus Erik Proseus Clint Fugate Kory Gempler Jeff Woodard Harry Woolford Trevor Hansen Jeff Vose Al Lipson Mike Watts Priscilla Parham Dave Mack