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BENCHMARKING QUESTIONNAIRE ON AERONAUTICAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES STATUS AND QUALITY (2012)

WMO Executive Council, at its recent sixty-fourth session held in Geneva from 25 June to 3 July 2012, took a number of far-reaching decisions on the WMO priority areas, the need to monitor progress in order to optimize dedicated support to Members, and the roles of the WMO bodies in implementation strategies and activities.

In particular, the Aeronautical Meteorology Programme is facing important challenges such as the ICAO-driven requirement for the implementation of a Quality Management System for services to international civil air navigation, as well as the Congress decision to implement Competency Standards and the assessment of competency of Aeronautical Meteorological Personnel, the compliance with the requirement to provide SIGMET information for weather hazards including Volcanic Ash and the need to migrate to new data centric weather exchange models based on XML/GML forms of data representation.

The Implementation Coordination Team of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology thus developed a series of questions to Members to inform the WMO Secretariat of measures taken in implementation of these priority areas.

The Questionnaire was sent to all WMO Members with a request for providing the response by 15 September 2012. All RA VI Members are requested to contribute to this important survey. In some countries, the provision of meteorological services to civil aviation is not in the remit of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, but may be in the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority, Air Navigation Service Provider or designated agency. The contact to these service providers, however, will always have to be established through the Permanent Representative of the Member country concerned.

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