The modules in this Review of Aeronautical Meteorology for Africa course are being offered by The COMET® Program to serve the continuing education needs of aeronautical forecasters in Africa. The modules and module sections listed in the Course Outline have been chosen as the most useful materials COMET offers for aeronautical forecasting training needs. Many additional modules from the MetEd Website may be useful for individual forecasters, depending on their geographic locations, degree of forecasting experience, and current level of hydrometeorological education.
Goals and ObjectivesCourse Goal
The goal of this course is to improve knowledge in many meteorological areas important for aeronautical forecasters. On its own, it will not help forecasters meet all the WMO Aeronautical Meteorological Personnel Competence Standards, but it can contribute substantially to such a curriculum.Course Objectives
The instructional objective for this course is to provide a review of selected topics related to:
- convective weather,
- ceilings and visibility,
- tropical meteorology,
- synoptic meteorology,
- mesoscale meteorology,
- aeronautical forecast operations,
- aviation icing,
- and some pertinent climate topics.
Please see the specific objectives related to each module under the individual descriptions.
This review course consists of five sections. Total time required for all parts is approximately 65-87 hours if all of the modules are completed.
A special thanks to Dr. John Cahir, Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, for compiling these modules as a distance learning course and for the alignment of the modules to the WMO-258 Guidelines.
See WMO Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology, which provides links to many of the best available aeronautical meteorology training and guidance material from around the world.
Meteofrance offers guidance materials in French on aeronautical messages from their Website, Didacticiel sur les messages aéronautiques.
COMET has developed a Case Study Template to help you develop effective case studies to both train forecasters and evaluate their competency in making forecast decisions.
For those requiring additional radar meteorology training, visit the NOAA NWS Warning Decision Training Branch Website to find a wide variety of materials. The Distance Learning Operations Course offers presentation materials for initial training on the use of doppler radars in forecast and warning decision making processes. WDTB has also developed Dual-Polarization Radar Training for NWS Partners to support the deployment of this new technology.
The modules that make up this course have been mapped to WMO approved Aeronautical Meteorological Personnel Competence Standards. Please see our list of Competencies and Related Modules and our list of Modules and the Competencies Supported.