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  • PCU 5: Ensure Quality and Value of Aviation Meteorological Information and Services - DRAFT

    Producers: Julie Adolphson (CR/WFO Pleasant Hill, MO) and Brandon Smith (NCEP/AWC)

    Description of Job Competency to be Achieved:
    Identify documented aviation performance measures and standards. Use tools to determine current levels of performance. Maintain and improve the quality and value of meteorological information and services.

    Description of Need:
    The National Weather Service is committed to providing the highest quality aviation information and decision support services. As such, the aviation Quality Management System (QMS) ensures that aviation customers' requirements are met or exceeded and forecasters continually improve services through the application of customer-based performance measures and metrics. Forecasters must employ lessons learned through the QMS to demonstrate improved services to the aviation community.

    • Ability 1. Apply the NWS Quality Management System
      • Skill 1.1. Incorporate WITI into QMS for local program
      • Skill 1.2. Apply ISO 9000 to Aviation Weather
      • Skill 1.3. Tailor FAA QMS Concepts to Aviation Weather
    • Ability 2. Assess the impact of known observational error characteristics
      • Skill 2.1. Identify ASOS Limitations
        • Ceilometer angle
        • Precipitation Type
      • Skill 2.2. Determine other observational platforms
        • AWOS
        • PIREPS
        • Upper Air Data
        • AMDAR Soundings
        • ITWS
        • Terminal Doppler Weather RADAR
      • Skill 2.3. Identify ITWS Limitations
        • Algorithms vs. ASOS (Gusts)
        • Location/sighting of ITWS
    • Ability 3. Validate data, products, forecasts, warnings and services
      • Skill 3.1. Complete LMS course on using NWS Stats on Demand
        • Establish Quality Control Program
      • Skill 3.2. Develop a meteorology-based review system (eg, Mamrosh)
      • Skill 3.3. Develop impact-based verification of NWS Aviation products and services on Traffic Management Initiatives (e.g. AVMET QA product)
        • TAFs
        • CWSU products
        • ATCSCC/NAM Briefings
    • Ability 4. Monitor operational systems and take remedial actions when necessary
      • Skill 4.1. Use established procedures for reporting and maintaining ASOS
      • Skill 4.2. Ensure consistency between products/services from all operational (applicable??) levels
        • CCFP vs TAF (areal vs. point forecast)
        • NWS Zone forecast vs. TAF (Public vs. aviation forecast)
      • Skill 4.3. Use established procedures for reporting software/hardware issues
    • Ability 5. Update techniques, products and services
      • Skill 5.1. Apply Enhanced Decision Support Services (EDSS)
      • Skill 5.2. Address ATM needs for decision support in NextGen
      • Skill 5.3. Base services on decision support tools for operators
      • Skill 5.4. Develop infrastructure to allow adaptable verification schemes
        • ATCSCC verbal briefings
        • CWSU Verbal Briefings
        • CWSU TRACON TDA's

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