Online WICAP Airline Workshop for Africa on 28th September at 13:30 EAT

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WICAP Airline Workshop - Aircraft-based meteorological data improving aviation weather services 


Welcome to the online WICAP Airline Workshop organized under the WMO-IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday 28th September at 13:30-17:00 Eastern African Time (+3 UTC). 

Accurate weather forecasts are essential for the airlines and aviation industry in order to improve flight planning; to operate safer and to save on operational costs. Weather observations are the baseline for knowing the current status of the atmosphere for accurate short and long-term weather forecasts, for which the weather observations from upper air by aircraft play a critical role.  

The benefits, both direct and indirect, to aviation are derived from the improved accuracy of weather products and services provided to the airline and the aviation industry. 
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is hosting the hybrid WICAP Airline Workshop for African aviation partners and stakeholders with a goal bringing together the African airlines, IATA, the Data Service Provides, the WMO Focal Points on Aircraft-Based Observations of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) to learn and debate the industry’s safety and environmental agenda where the contribution to the WMO-IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme could lead to significant benefits in optimizing flight operations related to challenges with weather phenomena. 

Join us in this hybrid WMO Airline Workshop to see how the stakeholders are working together to make real time meteorological data reporting a reality. Learn how your organization can benefit from it and what are the requirements for joining. 

The workshop will be held in English in online mode where participants are welcome to join through the teleconference platform Teams. Please click here to join the event.


Workshop program, Wednesday 28 September at 13:30-16:30 Eastern African Time (+3 UTC)​​​

13:30 Opening, Amos Makarau, WMO Director of Regional Office for Africa

13:40 WICAP Introduction and Benefits to Airlines, Brent King, Head Flight Operations, OSS-Flight & Technical Operations, International Air Transport Association 

14:00 Commercial Solutions for Aircraft-Ground Communications, Jeannine Hendricks, Senior Manager, Datalink Network Services, Collins Aerospace

14:30 Airline Participation in AMDAR, Lucy Ndungú Wangui, Manager of Technical Services, Kenya Airways, and 

Fredrick Etemesi, Principal Meteorologist, Kenya Meteorological Department 

15:10 Refreshment break 

15:20 Airline Participation in AMDAR, Rakesh Deeplal, Lead of Maintenance Standards and Airworthiness, Flight Ops, South African Airlines, and

Francis Mosetlho, Regional Manager for Free State and NorthWest, South African Weather Services

16:00 Open discussion 

16:30 Closing the Workshop 


Please visit the website for more information about the WICAP Programme