FAA Gets WARPed

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Controllers at the FAA's 20 air route traffic control facilities can now see precipitation at three altitudes in three different colors, depending on intensity, on the same screen that shows aircraft position. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced Thursday that installation of the Weather and Radar Processor system has been completed and it should result in faster flights and fewer delays during bad weather. It's also said to reduce the potential for weather-related accidents. Since the controllers can see the weather the planes are in or heading for, they can make quicker decisions on rerouting them and getting them back on course. The weather information appears as a backdrop to the aircraft position data.