12th Conference on Aviation Range and Aerospace Meteorology


Distance learning training for aviation forecasters: The impact of weather on air traffic management

Daniel K. Cobb Jr., NOAA/NWSFO, Caribou, ME; and T. W. Dulong, V. C. Johnson, and C. A. West

The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®) and the National Weather Service (NWS) joined forces in the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005 to develop a web-based module titled The Impact of Weather on Air Traffic Management. This module was developed in response to concerns expressed by NWS Director D.L Johnson, who identified a gap in knowledge exhibited by some NWS Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) meteorologists about FAA operations and the National Airspace System (NAS). Considering how vastly different the cultures are of the NWS and FAA, it is no surprise that this gap existed.

The module provides instruction and exercises on the following subjects:

• FAA and NWS missions and their partnership • History and structure of the FAA • Skills and knowledge of air traffic controllers • Air traffic control (ATC) and phases of flight • ATC traffic initiatives and phraseology • Weather impact on each phase of flight • What traffic managers do to minimize impact • A description of how briefings to FAA personnel can be improved through applying this new understanding

The intended audience is the forecaster at a CWSU. However, any meteorologist who provides services to the FAA would benefit from taking the module. It is free to anyone and available online at http://meted.ucar.edu.

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Supplementary URL: http://meted.ucar.edu/nas/

Poster Session 4, Future Aviation Weather Delivery Posters
Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 9:45 AM-11:00 AM, Exhibit Hall A2

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