PRESS RELEASE: National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration, and Commercial Aviation Partners Gather to Discuss Effects of Weather on Air Travel

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service Forecast Office Chicago
333 W. University Drive
Romeoville, IL 60446-1804
 
 
 
 
 
National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration, and Commercial Aviation Partners Gather to Discuss Effects of Weather on Air Travel
 
 Will Seek Ways to Reduce Unplanned Weather Related Flight Delays
 
 
ROMEOVILLE, IL—The Chicago National Weather Service Forecast Office will be hosting its second annual  Aviation Weather Workshop on Friday, February 25th and Saturday, February 26th, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Harold White Aviation Building on the campus of Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Media are invited to attend both days. Representatives from the National Weather Service will be available for interviews if desired. 
 
The purpose of this forum will be to explore the effects that unplanned weather events  have on the National Airspace System, and discuss ways that aviation weather services can be used in order  to mitigate these effects as much as possible. The need for this initiative has been highlighted by the crippling effects the East Coast blizzard of 26-27 December 2010 had on the entire National Airspace System.
 
Attendees at the forum will include representatives from the National Weather Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, representatives of the commercial airline industry and the general aviation community. 
 
Among the topics to be discussed are a review of National Weather Service (NWS) products and services, user needs for aviation weather services, interpretation of weather data focusing on radar and satellite imagery, weather impacts on aviation operations, aviation weather research and new technology, and the identification of NWS best practices.
 
Those interested in attending the workshop can register at: weather.gov/chicago.
 
NWS Contacts:
 
  • Paul Merzlock, Aviation Outreach Leader. Paul.Merzlock@noaa.gov, (815) 834-0600 x 763
  • Edward Fenelon, Meteorologist in Charge. Edward.Fenelon@noaa.gov, (815) 834-0600 x 642
 


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