A number of training resources
geared mainly to CWSUs (but also useful for WFOs) have been developed to
help forecasters better understand the National Airspace System (NAS) and
the FAA. These resources include:
- Facilitator Guide (
If you have trouble playing it, you can open the PowerPoint
version and read the notes that go with the slides, instead of listening
to the audio.)
- Each CWSU MIC (or his/her designated facilitator) should go through
the Facilitator Guide to understand the objectives of the training,
the various pieces involved (summarized below), and how these pieces
fit together to produce the best training results.
- A computer-based learning module, The Impact of Weather on Air Traffic
Management, available on CD (sent to CWSUs), online on the NWS
Learning Management System, or on the COMET
- Topics covered include how the NAS is managed,
the structure of the FAA, how weather impacts
the NAS, and how those impacts are mitigated,
as well as tips on giving an effective weather
- Students can take the quiz on the NWS
Learning Management System.
- Also includes links to information-gathering
activities (called Job Sheets; see the link from
within the module) that will help in create your
station's Weather Impact Playbook (WIP), a tactical
operations guide that each CWSU will prepare.
- WIP Template: Each facilitator
will customized the WIP Template for his/her office and area of responsibility
and distribute copies (called WIP Worksheets) to all employees to complete
while they go through the module. The facilitator will then compile the
information from all of the Worksheets into a single WIP for the office.
- Example of a completed WIP for
a fictional CWSU: Facilitators can use this sample as a guide for completing
- Job Sheet Template
- This template is provided so that each CWSU can create their own
Job Sheets, if desired.
Contact For Other Questions about the WIP (MICs/Facilitators Only)
Dr. Chip West;
MIC Atlanta CWSU Office
Cell Phone: 770-309-1517
Other Aviation-Related Training
Aviation Training Web Page: Lists and provides links to all COMET
training related to aviation
Learning Aviation Course 1 (DLAC1), Forecasting Fog/Low Stratus
for Aviation Operations: A ~25 hour self-paced course consisting
of 10 interactive modules and 10 quizzes. The course is available in
the NWS LMS as the Learning Path called "NWS DLAC1: Forecasting
Fog/Low Stratus for Aviation Operations." Modules in the course
(which can also be taken individually) are:
Aviation Icing: Icing Type and Severity: Discusses the current theories
of atmospheric conditions associated with aircraft icing and applies
the theories to the icing diagnosis and forecast process.
Assessment Using Observations and Pilot Reports: Teaches how to assess
surface observations, upper-air charts, and pilot reports (PIREPs) in
order to diagnose the aviation icing environment.
Assessment Using Soundings and Wind Profiles: Teaches how to assess
vertical profiles of wind, temperature, dewpoint, and frost point in
order to diagnose airmass characteristics, cloud layers, and possible
aviation icing layers. Requires use of the companion CD-ROM called "The
Icing Event of 6 March 1996."