Meteorology Panel

Background

The Meteorology Panel was established to define and elaborate concepts and to develop ICAO provisions for aeronautical meteorological (MET) services consistent with operational improvements envisioned by the GANP. The Panel is also in charge of keeping with the working arrangements between ICAO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Scope

The METP shall collaboratively determine operational requirements for aeronautical MET service provision as an enabling function for a future globally interoperable air traffic management system and identify solutions, in coordination with WMO, to effectively and efficiently fulfil the requirements through sound scientific and/or technological capabilities.

Required expertise

The panel is composed of experts involved in aeronautical MET and relevant atmospheric and geophysical sciences. Members should also have expertise in ATM, AIM, communications and navigation, flight operations, aerodrome design and operation, education, training and personnel competency, quality management, safety management and regulatory oversight.

About the Panel...

Objectives

Elaborate aeronautical MET service provisions consistent with operational requirements and quality assurance, for cost-effective services and information in line with SWIM, develop and maintain provisions for meteorological service for international air navigation, develop integration roadmaps that provide transition strategies and information consistent with the GANP, and develop proposals fostering interoperability and collaboration for global, regional and national MET systems and services.

Working arrangements

In view of the working arrangements between ICAO and WMO, a nominee from WMO is a Member of the METP, in order to secure close cooperation in all aeronautical MET service provision activities. The panel chairperson may establish working groups as necessary, as outlined in Doc 7984. The METP should coordinate its work with the various groups of experts responsible for other Annexes and disciplines, as appropriate, including but not limited to ADOP, AIRP, ATMOPSP, FLTOPSP, IMP, NSP and RPASP.

Our representative

Mr. Matthew Tucker (United States of America) represents IFATCA on the Panel. Mr. Tucker joined the US Army in 1983, where he served as an ATCO. In 1987 he entered the FAA at Baton Rouge ATCT as an Air Traffic Assistant and then as an Air Traffic Controller in 1989. In 2000 he became the NATCA Weather Liaison working in Washington DC. While working as the Weather Liaison he worked on all FAA weather programs as well as serving on the CAST JSAT for Turbulence and the JSIT/JSAT for remaining Risks. From 2003, he worked in Jacksonville ARTCC, and from 2012 in Atlanta ARTCC, the world’s busiest air traffic control facility. Mr. Tucker is currently the NATCA Weather Representative, working on programs such as NEXTGEN Weather Processor (NWP) and the CDM Weather Evaluation Team. Mr. Tucker can be reached at [email protected].

(Source: ICAO. (2017). METP - Terms of Reference.)

Next meeting

The next meeting of the METP will take place in ICAO HQ, Montréal, Canada, 10-14 September 2018.