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QICP Description

Introduction


Aviation Weather Center's (AWC) Consolidated Aviation Web Services (CAWS) includes ADDS.aviationweather.gov and AviationWeather.gov web sites. The AWC serves the General Aviation (GA) community. Currently, GA and public access to AWC's aviation weather information over the Public Internet is not regulated. However, particular aviation users are restricted by FAA regulation from using ADDS.aviationweather.gov and AviationWeather.gov web sites. Volume 3 chapter 7 section 3 paragraph 1441 of the Air Transportation Operations Inspector's Handbook, Order 8900.1 states that if a part 121 or 135 operator obtains aviation weather or notices to airmen (NOTAM) data via the Public Internet, the operator must use an approved FAA Qualified Internet Communication Provider (QICP).

AWC's web sites now conform to the FAA's QICP standards described in FAA Advisory Circular AC 00-62 for reliability, accessibility, and security of internet communications of aviation weather and NOTAMs. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation; however, part 121 and 135 operators are not authorized to obtain aviation weather information from AWC web sites without this designation. With QICP certification, AWC's aviation weather products will be authorized by the FAA for the commercial aviation community over the internet.

A restructuring of AWC's web sites system architecture was required to make the AWC's web sites scalable and capable of expected future growth. The Consolidated Aviation Web Services (CAWS) system represents the restructured AWC web sites. The CAWS sites, located in three geographically separate areas using state of the art load balancing, provides the redundancy, scalability and security required to provide QICP Certified services.


The basic QICP reliability requirement covers the following:
  1. No outage can last longer than 10 minutes.
  2. During any continuous 3-month period outages cannot total more than 30 minutes.
  3. Security provides Internet SSL site authentication and maintains data integrity.
  4. Accessibility and transaction times are less than 2 minutes.

In addition, QICP Certified web sites must be able to verify users' access to the web site via systems log files.


Account Requirements:

If user is obligated to login to comply with their Operations Specifications, an account must be created. The process to become a certified user will mature over time and become more automated, but in an effort to offer a QICP Certified site, initially you will be required to call (816) 584-7263 or e-mail the AWC at caws.reg@noaa.gov to identify yourself by providing the following information:

You will use your e-mail address as your username and AWC will supply a password.


New URL's

The URL for the http://www.aviationweather.gov web site will be redirected to:

  https://www.aviationweather.gov (NEW URL)

The URL for the http://adds.aviationweather.gov web site will be redirected to:

  https://www.aviationweather.gov/adds (NEW URL)

If you are using a WGET command to download a web page you must make the appropriate changes to continue using this technique.

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