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2022-04-13

Dear Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather,

Here is the final agenda for the FPAW Spring meeting next week.  Please don't forget to register for the meeting as soon as possible if you haven't done so already or you will not receive the call information (for remote participants) or you may not be able to get admitted to the MITRE building because you are not on the security list (for in-person participants).  We look forward to stimulating discussions next week.  Thank you!

With best wishes,

Matt Fronzak and Matthias Steiner

Final Agenda

2022-03-17

Spring 2022 FPAW Meeting

Dear Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather,

We are beyond thrilled to announce that the Spring 2022 FPAW Meeting will be held IN-PERSON in the MITRE 1 Auditorium (1H220) on the campus of The MITRE Corporation, 7525 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA 22102 on Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT both days. For those unable to travel to the meeting, teleconferencing capabilities will be provided, making this a “hybrid” meeting. Please note that this meeting marks a return to the pre-COVID FPAW meeting time structure, i.e., the FPAW Planning Meeting will take place on the first half of Day 1, and then the FPAW Plenary Meeting will follow on the second half of Day 1 and all of Day 2.

** Important – MITRE Vaccination Policy for In-Person Attendees **

MITRE policy requires all visitors to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with an official issued vaccination card or a photo of the card each time they enter a MITRE facility. In addition, effective March 1, 2022, MITRE policy states that wearing a mask is no longer required for large MITRE meetings and gatherings, as well as in the cafeterias. However, individuals may choose to mask in ANY space in ANY MITRE facility at ANY time.

** Important – Registration Information for All Attendees **

All attendees, both in-person and virtual, must register for the Spring 2022 FPAW Meeting at the FPAW web site here. During the registration process, you will be asked to select either in-person and remote attendance. If there is any possibility that you might attend in-person, you are strongly encouraged to select that option. This will facilitate entry into the meeting room.

The latest agenda, hotel information and a map of the MITRE campus can be accessed on the same registration FPAW web page.

Teleconferencing information will be sent by email to all registrants prior to the meeting.

This promises to be a special FPAW meeting, on multiple levels. We hope to see as many of you in-person as possible.

 

Matt Fronzak / MITRE CAASD

Matthias Steiner / NCAR

 

2022-03-14
April 19, 2022 - April 20, 2022

Register Here

2022-01-06

Dear Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather,

As we leave a challenging year behind, we look forward to beginning 2022 with fresh energy and hope to see you in person very soon. In the meantime, here are a few updates for you.

  • The FPAW website has been updated and contains all presentation material from the Spring and Fall 2021 FPAW meetings. You may have also noticed that the website now includes material from past FPAW meetings, all the way back to 2001.
  • The Spring 2022 FPAW Plenary meeting will take place during the week of April 18, 2022. A draft agenda is attached to this email.
    • If meeting in person is deemed feasible, the Spring 2022 FPAW meetings (Plenary and Planning) will take place on the campus of The MITRE Corporation in McLean, VA on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20, 2022. There will be a remote participation option.
      Following the Tuesday morning (approximately 0800E – 1200E) Spring 2022 Planning meeting, which everyone is encouraged to attend, the Spring 2022 Plenary meeting will take up the afternoon (approximately 1300E – 1700E). The Spring 2022 Plenary meeting will then continue the following day, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, from approximately 0800E – 1700E.
    • Should ongoing pandemic-related health concerns and restrictions make an in-person meeting infeasible, our fallback position will be to hold the Spring 2022 FPAW Plenary meeting completely virtually on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 19-21, 2022, from approximately 1100E – 1600E daily. The Spring 2022 FPAW Planning meeting will then take place virtually from 1100E – 1600E approximately two weeks later, likely on Wednesday, May 5, 2022.
    • In consideration of everyone’s travel arrangements, we will aim to make and communicate the in-person/virtual decision in late February 2022.

FPAW 2022 Spring Draft Agenda

We wish you and your family all the best in the coming year!

Matt Fronzak and Matthias Steiner

FPAW Co-Chairs

2021-11-02

Just a reminder, if you have not already completed the survey, we would really appreciate  you taking a few minutes to answer the questions.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could respond to the brief survey regarding the Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather (FPAW) Technical Exchange Meeting we held on 4-7 October 2021.  Thank you!

Click on link to go to form:    https://forms.gle/F4ojKHz7yiMaBnBm6

Matt Fronzak and Matthias Steiner

2021-10-22

Just a reminder, if you have not already completed the survey, we would really appreciate  you taking a few minutes to answer the questions.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could respond to the brief survey regarding the Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather (FPAW) Technical Exchange Meeting we held on 4-7 October 2021.  Thank you!

 
Click on link to go to form:    https://forms.gle/F4ojKHz7yiMaBnBm6
 
Matt Fronzak and Matthias Steiner
2021-10-12

Dear Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather,

Please note that the FPAW Planning meeting for next year’s Spring and Fall events will take place on 20 October 2021 from 11:30 am EDT until 4 pm EDT.  We encourage you to use the Submit A Topic link on the FPAW website link to identify topics that you would like to see discussed at a future FPAW meeting.  Thank you!

We look forward to your active participation in shaping the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 FPAW meetings,

Matt Fronzak and Matthias Steiner

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2021-09-22

2021 FPAW Fall Meeting Agenda

 

 

The Fall meeting of the Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather (FPAW) will be held on 4 – 7 October 2021. Please note that this will be a virtual-only meeting. The meeting will be recorded and the presentation material posted on the FPAW website afterwards. Also, be advised that attendees and participants will need to specifically Register on the FPAW website to receive dial-in information to attend and participate in the FPAW meeting! The registration closes on Thursday, September 30. The registration for this meeting is free.

This FPAW Fall meeting will be a Technical Exchange Meeting (TEM) focused on all Federal agencies that (1) conduct flight operations, and therefore have a need for weather observations and forecasts, and/or (2) perform weather research that currently or in the future may support flight operations. The goal of this TEM is to gain awareness of current and planned research efforts across Federal agencies, identify gaps in support, uncover any redundancies in activities, inform industry and academia (both of which groups are also invited to participate) of needs and opportunities, and brainstorm plans for future collaborations.

Each of the four meeting days has its own focus, briefly summarized below:

Day 1: Traditional Aviation Weather

Day 1 of the TEM will consist of panel sessions on aviation weather within the current legacy system. An overview of the new Interagency Council for Advancing Meteorological Services (ICAMS) organization will kick off the TEM. A session on operations will describe current weather support to aviation, including commercial, general aviation (GA), air traffic control, and military operations. The second session will be on research, development and transition to operations, focusing on weather research currently on-going that is directly related to operations. The third and final session of the day will be on current governance, discussing policy and guidelines that aviation weather research and operations must adhere to and follow, and how those policies may change in the future. Panelists will also discuss governance on the weather provider side that affects and impacts aviation weather. For each session, panelists will provide a short overview of their agency’s role and efforts for that topic, with the remainder of the session consisting of panelists taking questions from the audience. It will be interactive, and it will be lively!

 

Day 2: Aviation Weather for Advanced Air Mobility Operations

Day 2 of the TEM is primarily focused on the weather needs of advanced air mobility flight operations and research efforts underway related to satisfying these emerging aviation weather needs. The first session will explore current Federal low-altitude operations, the weather information currently being used to guide these operations, and understanding future needs for enhanced weather information to increase mission safety and performance. A subsequent session will overview current research and development efforts geared towards addressing gaps and requirements identified by the agencies, including those for future eVTOL passenger carrying operations. The first panel discussion aims to shed light on the envisioned characteristics of a system able to provide the weather information needed for future weather tolerant AAM operations, and the second panel is to encourage discussion around how to achieve this vision.

 

Day 3: Multi-Use, Commercial Space and Aviation Weather in the Future

Day 3 of the TEM focuses on segments of aviation weather that don’t get as much publicity but are still important for aviation weather. The first session is a discussion on commercial space and high-altitude aviation. Panelists will discuss how the boom in commercial space affects aviation weather operations, and what role(s) government agencies will play in weather support for these operations. The second session will highlight capabilities that other, non-aviation agencies are working on that could be leveraged for aviation weather or that have an aviation weather component. The final session of the day will be on the future of aviation weather. Panelists will discuss their visions of how future aviation operations will be supported by the weather community. What kinds of new data sources and communication methods are envisioned? Will cloud computing and processing provide new possibilities for multi-agency collaborations? How will new airframes, new fuels, and new routes and pathways impact weather support? And of course, how will climate change affect everything?

 

Day 4: Synergies and Opportunities

Day 4, the final day of the TEM, will not be for the faint of heart! It will be the session in which what was presented and asserted in Days 1 – 3 is recapped in a meaningful way. A group of participants representing the Federal Aviation Weather enterprise (i.e., NOAA NWS, FAA, NASA, DoD, ICAMS) will be listening to you, the audience participants, as gaps, redundancies and collaboration opportunities that came to light over the previous three days are discussed and debated. Elephants will not be allowed to hide in plain sight (tip of the hat to the late Nick Stoer). At the end of this session, tangible outcomes will be identified, along with the folks who need to pick up the balls and run with them!

 

We hope you will consider joining us for the entire Federal Aviation Weather TEM!

 

 

 

FPAW Planning Meeting

 

Please note that the FPAW Planning meeting for next year’s Spring and Fall events will take place on 20 October 2021. We encourage you to use the Submit A Topic link on the FPAW website link to identify topics that you would like to see discussed at a future FPAW meeting. Thank you!