College of Aviation

Weather Technology In the Cockpit (WTIC): Pilot Training Requirements

In the general aviation community, the accident lethality rate for
weather-related accidents has been steady at 60-80% over the last 20
years, seemingly unaffected by technological advances such as Internet
access and real-time data-linked weather information. In 2009, we began
a multi-year research project funded by the FAA research to examine GA
pilot education and training issues associated with using real-time
weather information in the cockpit. Alongside teams from the University
of North Dakota and University of Alaska-Anchorage, our Embry-Riddle
team included faculty from the Human Factors and Systems and Doctoral
Studies departments. The study produced several important
recommendations to the FAA such as the upgrade of weather questions on
general knowledge exams, revisions to outdated Advisory Circulars on
aviation weather hazards, and deployment of an education and training
module on proper use of real-time, data-linked NEXRAD data for avoiding
convective weather.


John Lanicci Dr. John M. Lanicci

Professor, MSA Program Coordinator

Master of Science in Aeronautics

Applied Aviation Sciences

Dr. Lanicci has over 30 years experience in the meteorological profession. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the M.S. in Aeronautics program, and has taught nearly a dozen undergraduate and graduate courses.