Tropical Aviation Forecasting

Tropical Aviation Forecasting

Description

This course is intended to assist aviation forecasters in tropical regions in meeting the WMO Aeronautical Meteorological Forecasters Competency Standards. Competent performance based on these WMO standards is a necessary to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements for Quality Management Systems (QMS) in aviation forecasting agencies around the world.

The course is organized around the following tools and atmospheric phenomena that affect aviation forecasters:

  • Ceiling and Visibility
  • Thunderstorms
  • Low Level Wind Shear
  • In-flight Turbulence
  • Aircraft Icing
  • Tropical Cyclones
  • Dust and Sand Storms
  • Volcanic Ash
  • Winter Weather
The lessons containing forecast scenarios use the main five competencies identified by the WMO:
  • Analyze and monitor continuously the weather situation
  • Forecast aeronautical meteorological phenomena and parameters
  • Warn of hazardous phenomena
  • Ensure the quality of meteorological information and services
  • Communicate meteorological information to internal and external users

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 Objectives

The main goal of the course is provide aviation forecasters with the knowledge necessary to issue aviation forecasts that accurately and effectively communicate the expected weather. Many of the lessons offer practice in using meteorological knowledge and principles in forecasting atmospheric phenomena. This practice will enable forecasters to:

  • analyze and monitor continuously the weather situation,
  • forecast aeronautical meteorological phenomena and parameters,
  • warn of hazardous phenomena,
  • ensure the quality of meteorological information and services,
  • communicate meteorological information to internal and external users.

In addition, all lessons offer their own specific objectives which can be found on their respective description pages.

Overview

The course has nine sections and each addresses specific aviation hazards identified in the WMO Competency Standards document:

  • Ceiling and Visibility
  • Thunderstorms
  • Low Level Wind Shear
  • In-flight Turbulence
  • Aircraft Icing
  • Tropical Cyclones
  • Dust and Sand Storms
  • Volcanic Ash
  • Winter Weather

Each lesson has an accompanying assessment that learners must pass in order to receive credit for the particular lesson.  This course provides between 70 and 80 hrs of instructional time.

While some lessons include situations from parts of the world that some forecasters have no experience with, the meteorological principles involved in preparing a forecast are the same.  Naturally, local influences will vary, but the practice of applying meteorological principles to create a forecast is still valuable.

In preparing the course, COMET staff mapped, as closely as possible, the lessons to the WMO competencies.  To view the mapping visit: WMO Competencies - MetEd Tropical Aviation Forecasting Course : Table

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