Rad-TRAM

The Rad-TRAM technology analyzes weather radar data to detect heavy precipitation and hail, and track and forecast it for up to one hour. Viewing the clouds “from below,” it provides up-to-the-minute lower air space thunderstorm information that is easy to understand. This allows airport operators, air traffic controllers, airlines, and pilots to share exactly the same overview of the thunderstorm situation during take-off and landing – thereby optimizing operating schedules.

Rad-TRAM has been adapted for the aviation radar composite EuRadCom which covers Central Europe. Due to safety, certification and policy issues, DWD currently licences Rad-TRAM in order to operationally provide thunderstorm information to selected stakeholders. Since 2013 Rad-TRAM data based on EuRadCom have been available in the Metfrog display system of the German Air Navigation Services (DFS), which is also used by Munich Airport Operations (FMG) and since 2016 also by Lufthansa Hub Operation Center Munich (HOC).

Rad-TRAM

stands for Radar Tracking and Monitoring

uses weather radar data to deliver current, reliable lower air space thunderstorm information, particularly in the vicinity of airports
displays thunderstorms as hazardous objects, marking areas which may be hazardous for air traffic
updates thunderstorm information every 5 minutes and delivers thunderstorm forecasts for up to 60 minutes
issues thunderstorm information in a standard international output format (XML) optimized for all types of user displays