April 24, 2014

New weather forecasting technologies and probabilistic weather information, which can help operators determine the risk of flying into thousands of airports worldwide, will be the topic of an upcoming free NBAA webinar.

“Managing Weather Risk” takes place at 1 p.m. (EDT), on April 29, and NBAA Members can register for the session right up until start time.

The one-hour webinar, sponsored by Jeppesen, is an opportunity for pilots, schedulers and dispatchers to learn how to look at the probabilities of a disruptive weather event at a particular airport and decide whether a flight there is worth the risk.

“NBAA is pleased to be able to make this seminar available to our Members, because learning how to combine the uncertainty in weather models with decision models can help operators optimize operational use and savings,” said Jo Damato, NBAA’s director of education development and strategy.

“Operators can use the information as a planning tool,” said Mike Cetinich of Jeppesen, who will be presenting the webinar. “It’s a great way to look at high-level weather and then peel away layers and dig deeper to determine which airports will have disruptive weather issues. Then, operators can determine if they are willing to take the risk of flying there.”

Cetinich will cover use of the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) model Ensemble Prediction System to apply probabilities of disruptive weather events, as well as use of a dashboard to alert users to terminal conditions exceed thresholds chosen by the user.

“It’s free, and it’s only an hour long, so we hope many of our Members will take advantage of this great educational opportunity,” said Damato, who also noted that seminar registrants will receive an email after the webinar containing a link to a recording of the event, even if they are unable to attend the webinar.

NBAA Members wishing to sign up for the webinar must register before 1 p.m. on April 29.

Register for the webinar today.