Forecasting the Air Race Classic (ARC): Education-based Aviation Weather and Decision Support
In 2014, weather and decision support for the ARC was turned into a 3-credit summer-term meteorology course, in which both meteorology and aviation undergraduate students participated. The course enabled students to gain experience with real-world aviation weather situations and hazards, including turbulence, icing, IFR and winds. It also required students to work and make operational decisions as a cohesive team, with elements of weather forecasting and flight dispatching strewn together.
This unique program benefits the race team, students, and university, illustrating that aviation weather and decision support is best served by a collaborative effort between meteorologists, dispatchers, and aviators.