Aviation Professional Development Series (PDS)
Currently In Development
Executive Producers - Carl Weiss (OCWWS/OS23) and Julie Adolphson (CR/WFO Pleasant Hill, MO)
PDS Statement of Responsibility: Provide aviation weather services in support of aviation customer decision-making.
See below for descriptions of the job competencies associated with each of the five Professional Competency Units (PCU). Specific instructional components for each PCU, with associated abilities and job skills, are in development and will be made available on this page when ready.
PCU 1: Coordinate and Communicate with Aviation System Operational Partners
Bobby Prentice (OCWWS/TD/WDTB) and Tom Dulong (CR/CWSU Longmont, CO)
A National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist must communicate effectively with operational aviation partners (i.e., controllers, traffic managers, flight specialists, airline dispatchers, etc). It is paramount that an aviation meteorologist understands the National Airspace System (NAS). Furthermore, an aviation meteorologist must understand the operations and responsibilities of our aviation partners and the impacts of aviation forecasts on operations. An aviation meteorologist also will be expected to coordinate with his or her peers (i.e., other NWS aviation meteorologists) to provide clear and consistent information.
PCU 2: Continuously Assess and Forecast the Aviation Weather Environment
Jerry Griffin (OCWWS/TD/NWSTC), Bruce Entwistle (NCEP/AWC), and Jesse Sparks (NCEP/AWC)
Observations and forecasts of weather parameters and significant weather phenomena relevant to the mission of the meteorologist's office are continuously monitored to determine the need for issuance, cancellation, amendments, or updates of decision support information according to documented thresholds, regulations and operational impacts.
PCU 3: Provide Aviation Weather Information and Services
Paul Witsaman (SR/RAM), Tony Hall (AR/WFO Fairbanks, AK), and
Jeff Osiensky (AR/RAM)
Forecasters produce timely, accurate and consistent (spatially and temporally) forecasts. These forecasts must maintain meteorological integrity across boundaries of the area of responsibility. Forecasts of meteorological parameters and phenomena are prepared using production tools (i.e., AvnFPS, IC4D, WARP, N-AWIPS, etc.) and issued in accordance with documented requirements (such as various NWS Directives and ICAO ANNEX 3), priorities and deadlines.
PCU 4: Perform Outreach to the Aviation Community
Rich Mamrosh (CR/WFO Green Bay, WI) and Bobby Prentice (OCWWS/TD/WDTB)
Identify customers of NWS aviation weather information and services. Establish a relationship with customers and determine their needs. Encourage them to use NWS information and services. Identify outreach opportunities, barriers to outreach and effective means for overcoming these barriers. Provide outreach on NWS information and services for improved aviation decision support.