Aviation | News | 2024-06-05 | REGISTER NOW for a UK Met Office Aviation Meteorology Training Seminar in collaboration with WMO and the South African Weather Service

The United Kingdom Met Office, in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization and the South African Weather Service, will convene an in-person Aviation Meteorology Training Seminar in Pretoria, South Africa from 30 September to 4 October 2024.

Read the WMO Semi-Circular Letter announcement on this seminar here: English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic

The aim of the seminar is to provide participants, in particular aeronautical meteorological forecasters, from WMO Regional Associations I (Africa), II (Asia) and VI (Europe) with training, guidance and practical examples of several key aspects of meteorology and forecasting for aviation. The seminar will focus on the topics of aviation hazards and Significant Meteorological Information (SIGMETs).

Topics to be covered will include:

  1. Aviation hazards – techniques for forecasting thunderstorms, severe convection, tropical cyclones, volcanic ash, fog, turbulence and icing;
  2. Significant Meteorological Information (SIGMETs) – the creation of accurate and compliant SIGMET messages for airspace users;
  3. Competency – good practices in personnel competency assessments;
  4. Open forum on training priorities – the most pressing training needs for aeronautical meteorological service providers;
  5. Practical sessions – ample opportunities for participants to take part in practical sessions and to share knowledge and experience.

WMO has invited Members in Regional Associations I (Africa), II (Asia) and VI (Europe) to nominate potential participants by 5 July 2024. A shortlisting and selection of experts from amongst the nominations received will be made by 19 July 2024, with priority given to those nominees from developing or least developed countries and with due consideration given to regional and gender balance to the extent practicable. It is anticipated that approximately 20 to 25 participants will be selected from among the nominations received.

The Nomination Form (English only) is available online here using Microsoft Forms until 5 July 2024. In addition, a letter endorsing each nominee (or group of nominees) should be sent by the Permanent Representative to WMO via email not later than 5 July 2024.

Not more than 3 nominations will be accepted from each country.

The working language of the seminar and the resource materials will be in the English language only. It is therefore essential that nominated participants have a good understanding of the English language. Nominees whose first language is not English should email a copy of their certificate of English language proficiency to WMO not later than 5 July 2024.

Please contact the WMO Secretariat, Services for Aviation Division (email: aviation@wmo.int) if you have any questions.

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