NWS Lubbock hosts 2010 Aviation Weather Safety Workshop

 

Senior Forecaster Todd Lindley explains mountain wave-induced turbulence near the Guadalupe Mountains.

Senior Forecaster Todd Lindley explains mountain wave-induced turbulence near the Guadalupe Mountains.
Todd has researched this topic in an effort to better forecast these events across southwest Texas.
(Photo by Jason Jordan)
 
The National Weather Service Office in Lubbock hosted an aviation weather safety workshop on Tuesday evening, September 21st at the Science Spectrum. Approximately 40 people, most of whom were general aviation pilots from Lubbock and the surrounding area, attended the 3 ½ hour workshop. Local National Weather Service Meteorologists shared their knowledge about the science of aviation weather, and provided insight on local aviation weather services. A wide variety of topics was presented including presentations on cloud recognition, mountain wave-induced turbulence, and local hazards. Pilots also participated in a roundtable discussion, and provided feedback on local and national aviation products and services.
 
 

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jody James (left) discusses aviation issues with John Fleming, local pilot, during a break at the 2010 NWS Lubbock Aviation Weather Safety Workshop on September 21, 2010. (Photo by Jason Jordan)

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jody James (left) discusses aviation issues with John Fleming, local pilot, during a break at the 2010 NWS Lubbock Aviation Weather Safety Workshop on September 21, 2010. (Photo by Jason Jordan)
 
Aviation Team Leader Joe Jurecka and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jody James were instrumental in organizing the workshop. Jody and Joe are NWS forecasters and pilots, and serve on the regional FAA Safety Team. This “FAAST” team consists of volunteers that assist personnel at the Lubbock FAA Flight Standards District Office with safety training and airmen safety counseling around Lubbock and the South Plains region. Senior Forecaster Todd Lindley, Journeyman Forecaster Matt Ziebell, and Meteorologist Interns Jerald Meadows and Andrew Pritchett, all from the NWS Lubbock office, also participated in the workshop giving presentations and helping with the roundtable discussions and workshop logistics. Justin Weaver, Meteorologist in Charge, welcomed the participating pilots, explaining the background of the NWS’s role in aviation. At the conclusion of the workshop, several pilots took part in a tour of the Lubbock National Weather Service facilities.  Pilots who attended the workshop were eligible for “Wings” credit, part of the FAA Pilot Proficiency Program. This workshop was one of many that the NWS Lubbock Office has hosted over the years. The Lubbock NWS office has been a leader within the National Weather Service in the area of aviation education and outreach, and has been organizing and hosting pilot education workshops in the Lubbock area since 2002.
 
 

Aviation Team Leader at NWS Lubbock, Joe Jurecka, leads a discussion on local hazards and safety tips for pilots as part of the 2010 Aviation Weather Safety Workshop in Lubbock, on September 21, 2010. (Photo by Jason Jordan)

 Aviation Team Leader at NWS Lubbock, Joe Jurecka, leads a discussion on local hazards and safety tips for pilots as part of the 2010 Aviation Weather Safety Workshop in Lubbock, on September 21, 2010. (Photo by Jason Jordan)

 

Meteorologist Intern Jerald Meadows explains NWS forecaster duties as part of the tour of National Weather Service facilities during the NWS Lubbock Aviation Safety Workshop. (Photo by Jason Jordan)

 

Meteorologist Intern Jerald Meadows explains NWS forecaster duties as part of the tour of National Weather Service facilities during the NWS Lubbock Aviation Safety Workshop. (Photo by Jason Jordan) 

 


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