The fourth Southwest Aviation Weather Safety (SAWS IV) Workshop will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 25th and 26th, 2011. The purpose of this free, regional workshop is to promote aviation safety and productivity through improved weather awareness and forecasting services. The National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Phoenix and Albuquerque are organizing the event with the ZAB Air Route Traffic Control Center Weather Service Unit. The national weather Service office in Pubelo Colorado will be sending a representative to the conference.
October 25th will feature an Aviator and Controller Weather Workshop with a day of aviation weather hazards presentations and an optional tour of the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center. We are working with the FAA Safety Team to make this safety-of-flight event highly relevant for GA, commercial, and military pilots, as well as Air Route Traffic Control Center and Air Traffic Control Tower Controllers. Presenters from multiple National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Offices will be joined by guests from the FAA Safety Team, Aviation Weather Center, HQ NWS, Arizona Pilots Association, Sunshine Aviation Safety Studies, US Air Force, and Lockheed Martin's Prescott Flight Service Hub. Up to three FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program credits will be granted for interested pilots who participate on this day.
October 26th will feature an Aviation Weather Forecasting Workshop with a day of activities designed to help weather forecasters better meet the needs of their National Aerospace System customers and partners. If possible, pilots and controllers are encouraged to participate in discussions on this day to help us understand how weather impacts their operations, as well as how we can improve our services and the delivery of our products.
In addition, this workshop will provide a great opportunity to make contacts and build relationships within the Southwest US aviation and weather forecasting communities. Optional hot lunch buffets in the workshop venue and a casual social dinner across the street will create ample opportunities to make new acquaintances and further develop old ones.
Registration is now open and the agenda is now available at: www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/SAWS4/index.php. The workshop registration deadline is Oct 21st. A very special rate of only $81 per night (single occupancy) has been arranged with the Albuquerque Marriott, which is accessible by shuttle bus or taxi from the Albuquerque International Sunport (KABQ) or by taxi from Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG). The Marriott's deadline for reserving a room at this rate is Oct 10th.