Two major efforts related to the new forecaster competencies include a partnership with the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) to support their Aeronautical Continuing Professional Development (Aero CPD) blended learning course and our contribution to the Safe Skies for Africa Project. The six-month long Aero CPD course was successfully delivered from September 2011 to April 2012. The COMET Program's support of the course included creating the course website, adapting existing modules to include aspects of tropical meteorology, and developing Caribbean case studies.
Using best practices and content developed for the Aero CPD course, COMET is adapting the Review of Aeronautical Meteorology Distance Learning Course for the needs of African nations. We are revising courses that use FAA guidelines to incorporate ICAO and WMO regulations related to aviation forecasting products. Some new content is being developed on Nowcasting and aviation en-route flight hazards. Another module under development focuses on the impacts of weather on aviation operations in the U. S. National Airspace System and the roles different aviation forecasters play in customer decision support. The module models communication with customers using appropriate terminology through briefings and other issued products.
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