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SAWS IX

About the Southwest Aviation Weather Safety Workshop
November 5-6, 2021
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
2600 Louisiana Blvd NE | Albuquerque, NM


Decision Support, Collaboration, and Innovation
 

Please join the National Weather Service as we bring together the Southwest US aviation and weather forecasting communities to promote aviation safety and productivity through improved weather awareness and forecasting services. This event will be free of charge and will consist of:

  • Aviation Weather Forecasting Workshop (Friday, November 5, 2021) - The first day of the workshop will focus on meeting the needs of Aviation Weather Forecasters. It will feature best practices in aviation weather forecasting, infusing new technology into the forecast process, customer needs, and discussions on weather service innovation. Pilots are welcome on this day to the extent they would like to participate, and we will appreciate their insights in discussions. We also anticipate FAA Safety Team participation.

  • Happy Hour and Social Dinner (Friday night) - Everyone with an interest in southwest US aviation and aviation weather services is welcome to join us for a casual evening of networking and relationship building. We will choose a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel and conference center hosting the workshop. Spouses will also be welcome.

  • Aviator and Controller Weather Workshop (Saturday, November 6, 2021) - The second day of the workshop will focus on meeting aviator and air traffic controller needs for weather safety information, including presentations on aviation weather hazard recognition, mitigation, and avoidance; as well as tips on how to effectively use and understand aviation weather data, products, and websites. We are hoping to arrange optional tours of the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center and their Center Weather Service Unit, as well as the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Albuquerque. We are working closely with the FAA Safety Team to secure WINGS credit for those who are interested.

A block of rooms will be set aside by the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown at the US Government per diem rate of $111 per night.  The Albuquerque Meals and Incidentals Rate is $71 per day.  There are numerous dining and shopping options within walking distance of the hotel and conference center, so a rental car will not be needed. Taxi fare from/to the Albuquerque International Sunport should cost about $25 one way.   

The SAWS 9 Workshop is brought to you by the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center Weather Service Unit, as well as the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and El Paso.  Please monitor our website (https://www.weather.gov/psr/saws9) for updates, and feel free to email us at sr.saws.workshop@noaa.gov if you have questions. 
 



For additional information please contact the workshop organizers at sr.saws.workshop@noaa.gov. If you need immediate assistance, please contact David Craft at 505-243-0702.

 

Call for Presentations
Accepting abstracts through: June 25th, 2021
Submit Abstracts Here

The Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center Weather Service Unit, in conjunction with the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and El Paso is excited to welcome you to the Ninth Southwest Aviation Weather Safety Workshop (SAWS IX), held  November 5-6, 2021 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event will be held free of charge to all presenters and attendees. 

The conference will be themed around three key aspects of aviation weather safety: “Decision Support, Collaboration, and Innovation”. These themes highlight the importance of partner interactions, effective communication, and modernized weather tools and information:

Decision Support: Providing key information to partners and decision makers during impactful weather events ensures that everyone has the tools they need to protect lives and property. The National Weather Service is committed to making forecast advice and interpretative services available to all our customers, including those in the aviation industry. This can be achieved not only through a commitment to science and technology, but by building trust through deep relationships with pilots, controllers, and flight planners.

Collaboration: Effective communication between partners and agencies is essential toward achieving weather safety and preparedness. The coordination of a consistent weather message eliminates confusion and builds confidence in decision-making. An awareness of partner thresholds and needs allows forecasters to produce more impact-based warnings. The SAWS  conference works to enhance social networking and build bridges between the various stakeholders within the aviation community. This results in a more clear, unified safety message for all partners.

Innovation: Advances in science and technology are essential to meeting the needs of a growing aviation community. The National Weather Service is working towards integrating critical science advancements, research, technology, and innovation into aviation forecasts. This includes modernized graphics, new models and data output, and a better understanding of the U.S. airspace.

We are now accepting submissions for both oral and poster presentations! We encourage all aviators, controllers, forecasters, and partners to submit abstracts. Friday’s topics will focus on helping weather forecasters understand and better meet the needs of the aviation community by utilizing the latest tools, technology and techniques in the forecast process. Saturday’s topics will be centered around aviation weather hazard recognition, mitigation and avoidance, as well as the effective use of aviation weather data, products, and websites.  We are working with the FAA Safety Team to secure WINGS credit for pilots.

Abstract deadline for submission is June 25th, 2021. Please use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc90kJ6UQdtGlp3erSrnhcOgBQtk7q6LBAWAIQC0tpf5uIXWg/viewform?usp=sf_link

A tentative workshop agenda will be posted sometime in mid July. The meeting format will include a combination of oral and poster presentation sessions and keynote speakers. For more details and submission of abstracts, please refer to the SAWS IX website at www.weather.gov/psr/saws9

Registration and agenda information will be available after a formal agenda has been completed. The deadline to register for the workshop will be October 28th, 2021. The workshop will be provided free-of-charge by the National Weather Service. 

We are currently planning to conduct the SAWS IX Workshop in-person to build partnerships and achieve the benefits of face-to-face collaboration. However, state and federal guidelines will be followed and may necessitate a transition to a virtual format. The safety of an in-person event in November is our utmost priority.  We will monitor the situation and provide timely updates as the event approaches. We look forward to seeing you there!

We encourage aviation and/or weather professionals to submit standup or poster presentation proposals once our Call for Presentations is released in spring 2021.  To review the agendas from previous SAWS Workshops please visit: https://www.weather.gov/psr/saws



For additional information please contact the workshop organizers at sr.saws.workshop@noaa.gov. If you need immediate assistance, please contact David Craft at 505-243-0702.

Committee
SAWS 9 Committee Members

  • David Craft, NOAA/NWS WFO Albuquerque, NM (Local Co-Chair)
  • Connor Dennhardt, NOAA/NWS WFO El Paso, TX
  • Bianca Feldkircher, NOAA/NWS WFO Phoenix, AZ 
  • Roger Smith, NOAA/NWS ZAB ARTCC/CWSU Albuquerque, NM
  • Sean Benedict, NOAA/NWS WFO Phoenix, AZ 
  • Bladen Breitreiter, NOAA/NWS ABQ, NM


For additional information please contact the workshop organizers at sr.saws.workshop@noaa.gov. If you need immediate assistance, please contact David Craft at 505-243-0702.





 

Aviation Weather Forecasting Workshop Agenda
Friday, November 5, 2021

Coming soon. To review the agendas from previous SAWS Workshops please visit: https://www.weather.gov/psr/saws



For additional information please contact the workshop organizers at sr.saws.workshop@noaa.gov. If you need immediate assistance, please contact David Craft at 505-243-0702.

Aviator and Controller Weather Workshop Agenda
Saturday, November 6, 2021

Coming soon. To review the agendas from previous SAWS Workshops please visit: https://www.weather.gov/psr/saws



For additional information please contact the workshop organizers at sr.saws.workshop@noaa.gov. If you need immediate assistance, please contact David Craft at 505-243-0702.