Standing Committee on Services for Aviation

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(a) To contribute, in close collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other partners and consistent with the implementation of the WMO Strategic Plan, to furthering the international standardization of meteorological services for international air navigation and to provide assistance to Members with aeronautical meteorological services to achieve compliance with those standards;

(b) To promote and facilitate, in collaboration with the WMO regional associations and other relevant WMO constituent bodies, the international sharing of implementation experience and good practice, uptake and exchange of scientific and technological advancement (including pilot projects where appropriate) to meet evolving user requirements for high-quality, borderless, harmonized and cost-effective aeronautical meteorological information and services;

(c) To co-lead, with ICAO and other relevant stakeholders, the long-term planning and development of enhanced aeronautical meteorological information and services in support of the future globally interoperable, harmonized air traffic management system, and additionally, to support the integration of meteorological information (including observations, forecasts, warnings and alerts) into air traffic management systems and decision-support, including transition of new capabilities into operational and impact-based information services enabled by the science-for-services value chain and projects such as AvRDP (Aviation Research and Development Project);

(d) To analyse, in collaboration with SC-CLI and/or other relevant WMO bodies, the impacts of climate change and variability, including extreme weather and climate events, on aviation operations on the ground and in the air and clearly communicate these impacts proactively to ICAO and other relevant stakeholders;

(e) To promote, in cooperation with ICAO, regional bodies and Members, efficient and effective governance of aeronautical meteorological service provision through the development and/or enhancement of appropriate cost-recovery mechanisms (including for regional and sub-regional service provision), information and data exchange policies and good practices;

(f) To develop, in collaboration with relevant WMO programmes as well as ICAO, guidance, training material and other educational/learning outreach to assist Members in the implementation of quality management systems and compliance with the competency and qualification requirements of personnel providing meteorological service for international air navigation, with an emphasis on developing and least developed countries;

(g) To respond to Members’ aeronautical meteorology prioritized needs and support capacity development activities, in cooperation with WMO regional associations, ICAO and other relevant partners, aiming to enhance the delivery of fit-for-purpose, high-quality, borderless, harmonized and cost effective aeronautical meteorological services, particularly within developing and least developed countries;

(h) To enhance, through effective communication and outreach, global and regional collaboration and partnership in aeronautical meteorology amongst Members and their aeronautical service providers, aviation stakeholders and other partners;

(i) To provide advice, upon request, to INFCOM and its subsidiary bodies on the benefits of aircraft-based meteorological observations, including those derived through the WMO AMDAR programme, to improve services for aviation.

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