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AVIATION TRAINING RESOURCES

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Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (Comet)

COMET logo and Link The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training supports, enhances, and stimulates the communication and application of scientific knowledge of the atmospheric and related sciences for the operational and educational communities. COMET’s Web-based self-paced training materials serve earth science education and training needs by providing interactive experiences for learners at a distance. Experts at both the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) have contributed to many of these lessons.

Enroute Icing

Enroute Icing

Enroute Icing: Aircraft icing has resulted in numerous accidents, some fatal. The problem is due, in part, to a lack of awareness on the part of aviation forecasters (and others) that icing is imminent. The lesson addresses this issue by presenting a process for forecasting enroute icing for aviation and applying it to a case over the Continental U.S.

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Aviation Products

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Aviation Products

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Aviation Products: This course is part of a webinar series to provide university faculty and others with a solid basis for using GOES-R/16 data in coursework and student research projects. This module demonstrates the capabilities of GOES-R/16 in analyzing hazards affecting the aviation industry.

Volcanic Ash: Introduction

Volcanic Ash: Introduction

Volcanic Ash: Introduction: This introduction to a four-part series on Volcanic Ash provides a concise introduction to volcanic ash through the examples of the Mt. Pinatubo and Eyjafjallajökull eruptions. This module is also available in Spanish.

Volcanic Ash: Volcanism

Volcanic Ash: Volcanism

Volcanic Ash: Volcanism: This module is the second in the four-part Volcanic Ash series. It provides information about the geological and geophysical processes related to volcanic activity and volcanic ash in the atmosphere and on the ground. It discusses four types of volcanic eruptions and describes six major volcanic hazards. This module is also available in Spanish.

The impacts of Volvanic ash

Volcanic Ash: Impacts to Aviation, Climate, Maritime Operations, and Society

Volcanic Ash: Impacts to Aviation, Climate, Maritime Operations, and Society: This module is the third in the four-part Volcanic Ash series. It provides information on the impacts of an explosive volcanic eruption to aviation, climate, maritime operations and society. The threats, or impacts, from an eruption vary depending on the eruption style, duration and proximity--both in distance and altitude--to the volcano. This module is also available in Spanish.

Observation Tools and Dispersion Models

Volcanic Ash: Observation Tools and Dispersion Models

Volcanic Ash: Observation Tools and Dispersion Models: This module is the fourth and final entry in the Volcanic Ash series. It covers the tools and techniques used for identifying and forecasting the transport of volcanic ash. This module is also available in Spanish.

Weather Decision Support for the National Airspace System

Weather Decision Support for the National Airspace System

Weather Decision Support for the National Airspace System: This three-hour lesson describes the impacts of weather on aviation operations and highlights the role of the National Weather Service (NWS) in supporting the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic management organization.

NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT)

COMET logoNASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) provides training about specific products, discussing the strengths and weaknesses, with the goal of successfully transitioning products to operations. This training is built from surveys and direct communication with our partners. With this paradigm, the forecasters are an integral component of the transition process and not a passive recipient of data. SPoRT Product Training Modules include: Pseudo Geostationary Lightning Mapper, Lightning Mapping Array, MODIS Fog Products, GOES Fog Depth, and more.

Aviation Forecasting RGB Products

Aviation Forecasting RGB Products

Aviation Forecasting RGB Products: This eight-minute micro-lesson reviews some specific utilities of the Nighttime Microphysics RGB, the Hybrid LEO/GEO Fog and Low Cloud product, and the VIIRS Day-Night Band RGB relative to aviation weather forecasting. Included are a review of each of the products, as well as examples on their use individually and in tandem to help improve fog and low cloud forecasting for terminal aerodome forecasts (TAFs) and other aviation requirements.

Link to GOES Fog Depth

MODIS Fog Product

MODIS Fog Product: This brief, 7-minute training module highlights the use of the MODIS spectral difference, or fog product. The module presents user-provided examples gathered during the Fall 2008 evaluation period.

Link to UAH GOES-R CI lessons

UAH GOES-R CI

UAH GOES-R CI:  This 12 minute module briefly describes the latest operational version of UAH GOES-R CI, a 0-2 convective initiation satellite nowcasting product developed at UAHuntsville and transitioned by NASA-SPoRT. GOES-R CI uses a number of algorithms to track cloud objects, identify cloud properties like growth and glaciation (and rates of change in these cloud properties), and incorporates environmental data from the RAP model to produce a likelihood, or probability, of convection for identified cloud objects. This product is available for both the GOES-East and GOES-West domains.

Dust RGB

Valley fog through mid/high clouds in Southern Appalachians

Valley fog through mid/high clouds in Southern Appalachians: This 8-minute micro-lesson demonstrates the value of multispectral (i.e. RGB imagery) to the analysis of fog and low clouds in valleys of the southern Appalachians, particularly compared to channel differencing.

Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT)

VISIT logoVirtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT) is a joint effort involving NOAA Cooperative Institutes, the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), and the National Weather Service (NWS). The primary mission of VISIT is to accelerate the transfer of research results based on atmospheric remote sensing data into NWS operations using distance education techniques. Training sessions include topics on Satellite Meteorology, Severe Weather, Climate, Numerical Weather Prediction, and more. Many of these modules were developed in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). VISIT also provides monthly Satellite Chats to demonstrate satellite products that can be applied to operational forecasting and identify new training topics based on specific participant needs. See the VISIT Training Calendar for upcoming VISIT Satellite Chats.

A selection of VISIT training sessions specific to GOES is listed below:

Aviation Hazards

Aviation Hazards: This three-part session describes the structure of aviation forecasting and statistics of hazards, and provides in-depth information on wind, turbulence, and icing, as well as discussion concerning visibility, ceilings, and convective hazards, and information regarding terrain and aviation weather.

Convective Cloud-top Cooling

Convective Cloud-top Cooling: This teletraining describes the University of Wisconsin Convective Initiation (UWCI) product, which tracks cloud top temperatures and cloud types to determine when a particular cloud pixel is growing in the vertical.

Forecaster Training for the GOES-R Fog/low stratus (FLS) Products

Forecaster Training for the GOES-R Fog/low stratus (FLS) Products: Learn how the GOES-R Fog/Low Stratus product improves upon the traditional brightness temperature difference (BTD) product, understand how the GOES-R FLS product is created, and see examples of how the product should be used in different geographic regions.

GOES-R Baseline Product: Volcanic Ash

GOES-R Baseline Product: Volcanic Ash: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers the volcanic ash product.

Objective Satellite-Based Overshooting Top and Enhanced-V Anvil Thermal Couplet Signature Detection

Objective Satellite-Based Overshooting Top and Enhanced-V Anvil Thermal Couplet Signature Detection: In this basic course, learn how satellite data can be used objectively to detect features associated with strong thunderstorms and how overshooting tops and thermal couplets are related to severe weather.

Synthetic Imagery in Forecasting Low Clouds and Fog

Synthetic Imagery in Forecasting Low Clouds and Fog: This session is part of a series that focuses on applications of synthetic imagery from the NSSL 4-km WRF-ARW model. In this training session we'll consider applications of the synthetic imagery in forecasting low clouds and fog. The primary motivation for looking at synthetic imagery is that you can see many processes in an integrated way compared with looking at numerous model fields and integrating them mentally

Volcanoes and Volcanic Ash Part 1

Volcanoes and Volcanic Ash Part 1: Part one of a two-part set that describes and discusses volcanoes and volcanic ash as hazards to people and aviation and demonstrates methods of observation, analysis and modeling.

Volcanoes and Volcanic Ash Part 2

Volcanoes and Volcanic Ash Part 2: Part two of a two-part set that describes and discusses volcanoes and volcanic ash as hazards to people and aviation and demonstrates methods of observation, analysis and modeling.