The Structure of the NWS Aviation Program

The Structure of the NWS Aviation Program

All NWS employees involved in forecast operations should be aware of the general infrastructure, roles, and responsibilities of NWS aviation programs, including Weather Forecast Offices, Center Weather Service Units, the Aviation Weather Center, AWC National Aviation Meteorologists, and HQ Analyze, Forecast and Support. They also must understand the needs of external stakeholders and users of NWS products and services including FAA, commercial and general aviation. NWS aviation partners and others with interest in aviation may find this lesson useful.

This lesson will provide a broad understanding of the NWS aviation program structure and functions, focusing on roles and responsibilities of operational units providing aviation forecasts and decision support. The learners will play a Jeopardy-style game and try their hand at creating the products of various organizations in the NWS Aviation Program.

Before starting this lesson, learners should complete the Weather Decision Support for the National Airspace System lesson.