SRF creates Aviation Forecast

Sub-regional Forecaster does aviation forecasting


Action sequence:

        Look at weather, current and forecasted.

        Aviation forecasting looks at a shorter period of time - 5-6 hours.

        The focus is on turbulence, icing, thunderstorms - all the aviation hazards.


What supports the action sequence?


What is the needed information?

All METOC resources; radar and satellite are heavily used.

Where pilots are going, when they go, what they are flying, altitudes they fly. Typically the request for a brief comes from:

- a DD-175,

- Instructor calls in

- Call from elsewhere


What is good or useful about the support and the depiction of needed information?


        DD-175 has all needed information - where, in what, altitude, etc.

        It is good for SRF and FDO to talk to be sure they have a unified view of what will happen


What about the support or information depiction makes the action sequence difficult?


        SRF spends much time standing up to talk to FDO and to people who are at the Wall of Thunder.

        DD-175s are hand-written - can be hard to read and they have to track down the pilot of the form is incomplete or if the forecaster cannot read the writing.

        Sometimes the DD-175s are often not dropped off in a timely fashion - students presents the form, five minutes later the instructor wants the dash-1.


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