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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

***NOTE: The registration deadline is September 3rd for NWS Employees and October 28th for everyone else. Please see the Registration tab for more information***

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.

  • Dinner and Keynote Address (Friday evening) - 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. After a social hour in the bar, we will enjoy a private fajita buffet ($30 including tax) and a Keynote Address from the FAA's 2019 CFI of the Year, Gary "GPS" The Guy in the Pink Shirt" Reeves. Feel free to bring a spouse or other guests.

  • 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 have tentatively arranged 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. The FAAST Program Manager is offering up to six WINGS credits for participation on this day, and one additional credit for participation in Friday evening's dinner ($30) and Keynote Address.

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.

 

SAWS 9 Registration

Register for the conference here

***Deadline to register is September 3rd for NWS Employees and October 28th for everyone else***

Once registered through the SAWS 9 Website, NWS employees will receive an email with a link to the Group Travel Request so they can complete their information on the form.  

**There is a risk the SAWS 9 Workshop will switch to a virtual format.  If this is going to happen, we should know by the end of September.  We are making every effort to hold the Workshop in person, but State of New Mexico and Federal guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of all participants.  We will monitor the situation and provide timely updates on our website and via email to Workshop registrants as the workshop approaches.  Please keep an eye out for these updates, and please respond promptly if more information is needed from you due to State and Federal requirements.  We look forward to having another collaborative and productive Workshop!**

 

Hotel Reservation

Please use this link to reserve your accommodation at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown no later than October 4th: 

The Sheraton is offering a discounted room reservation at the US Government per diem rate of $111 per night for SAWS 9 Workshop participants.  After October 4th, their price will rise to the normal rate, which is above the Government per diem.

 



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 Tentative Agenda
Friday, November 5, 2021


Presentations

8:00 - 9:40 AM -- First Morning Session
Opening Remarks
Paul Witsaman, Regional Aviation Meteorologist, NWS Southern Region, Fort Worth, TX
 
Hot Topics in the NWS Aviation Program
Paul Witsaman, Regional Aviation Meteorologist, NWS Southern Region, Fort Worth, TX; and Scott Birch, Regional Aviation Meteorologist, NWS Western Region, Salt Lake City, UT
 
Convective Climatology in the Southwest: Aviation Safety Considerations
Curtis James, Professor of Meteorology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ.  Co-Authors: Andrew Taylor, Science and Operations Officer, and Carter Humphreys, Meteorologist, NWS Flagstaff, AZ.
 
From CCFP → CCFP/CAWS → TCF
Michael Eckert, National Aviation Meteorologist, Warrenton, VA

9:40 - 9:55 AM -- Morning Break

9:55 - 11:50 AM -- Second Morning Session
Warm Season CONUS Airport Climatology of Vicinity Versus Prevailing Thunderstorms
Larry Hopper, Senior Meteorologist, NWS Phoenix, AZ
 
NWS TAF Impacts to Aviation
Chelsea Kenyon, CWSU Meteorologist ZKC, Olathe, KS
 
How to Optimize the Use of VCTS in the TAF
Kevin Kraujalis, Meteorologist CWSU ZAU, Aurora, IL
 
Top Three Ways to Recognize and Help Pilots in Weather Trouble
Gary Reeves, Chief Safety Officer, ATP, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, Pilot Safety Institute & FAA Safety Team, Long Beach, CA

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM -- Lunch and Poster Review

12:50 - 2:45 PM -- First Afternoon Session
Decision Support Services of CWSU Meteorologists Supporting Air Traffic Operations ARTCCs
Tom Amis, Meteorologist in Charge CWSU ZFW, Ft. Worth, TX
 
GOES-R Satellites: Providing Tools for Enhanced Aviation Decision Support
Dan Lindsey, GOES-R Program Scientist, NOAA/NESDIS, Fort Collins, CO
 
Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Cloud Products and Applications in Aviation
Jeff Weinrich, Meteorologist and Cal/Val Lead, Science and Technology Corporation, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
 
The National Blend of Models for Aviation Decision Support
Adam Schnapp, Meteorologist/National Blend of Models Aviation Lead, Silver Spring, MD

2:45 - 3:00 PM -- Afternoon Break

3:00 - 5:00 PM -- Second Afternoon Session
NTSB Turbulence Report and Accidents in National Airspace System
Paul Suffern, Meteorologist Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board Office of Aviation Safety (AS-30)
 
Southwest Airlines Meteorology and Use of NWS Products and Services
TBD, Meteorologist, Southwest Airlines Meteorology - Network Operations Control, Dallas, TX
 
Use of Weather Information in Flight Planning and Operations of Experimental Aircraft
Dr. Kenneth L. Summers, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 179, Albuquerque, NM
 
Use of Weather Information in Glider Flight Planning and Operations
Geoff Aiken, Sailplane Pilot, Albuquerque Soaring Club, NM
 
Closing Remarks and Surveys
Scott Birch, Regional Aviation Meteorologist, NWS Western Region, Salt Lake City, UT

5:00 - 9:00 PM -- Optional Dinner and Keynote Address at the Sheraton
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Cocktail hour
 
6:00 - 7:00 PM - Fajita Buffet ($30 including tax)
 
7:00 - 8:30 PM - Keynote Address: How to Use an Engine Fire to Keep the Ice Off and Other Amazing Aviation Stories
Gary Reeves, Gary “GPS” The Guy in The Pink Shirt Reeves is the 2019 FAA National CFI of the Year and has over 8,000 hours of real world IFR experience.  Client's all over the world hire him for private 3-day mastery programs to learn how to best use their Avidyne, Garmin, autopilots and Foreflight for single-pilot IFR. Learn more at www.PilotSafety.org.

 

Posters

Operational Impacts to the Southwest U.S. Airspace from Convective Activity within the Newman Gap
Connor Dennhardt, Aviation Program Leader, NWS El Paso, TX
 
Increasing CWSU Forecaster Input and RSYNC access via an Intranet portal using a Linux Virtual Server 
Nick Uebelhor, Meteorologist CWSU ZME, Memphis, TN

 


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 Tentative Agenda
Saturday, November 6, 2021

 

Presentations

8:00 - 9:20 AM -- First Morning Session
Opening Remarks
Kerry Jones, Meteorologist in Charge, NWS Albuquerque, NM
 
Weather Related Accident Investigations and Lessons Learned
Paul Suffern, Meteorologist Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board Office of Aviation Safety (AS-30)
 
Weather Related Fatal Accidents in the Piper PA46
David McVinnie, President, McVinnie Aviation, MCFI, Designated Pilot Examiner, Albuquerque, NM

9:20 - 9:35 AM -- Morning Break

9:35 - 11:10 AM -- Second Morning Session
Top Three Pilot Weather Mistakes and How ATC Can Help!
Gary Reeves, Chief Safety Officer, ATP, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, Pilot Safety Institute & FAA Safety Team, Long Beach, CA
 
Into the Abyss - Low IFR Weather Approaches
Fred Gibbs, Safety Program Director-at-Large, Arizona Pilot's Association, Flagstaff, AZ
 
LLWS Recognition and Avoidance
Joe Jureka, Senior Meteorologist/Aviation Program Leader, and Harrison Sincavage, Meteorologist, NWS Lubbock, TX

11:10 AM - 12:30 PM -- Lunch & Poster Review

12:30 - 1:55 PM -- First Afternoon Session
Update to “A Pilot’s Guide to Aviation Weather Services” and Other Aviation Improvements across the NWS and Aviation Weather Center
Amanda Martin, Senior Aviation Meteorologist, Aviation Weather Center, Kansas City, MO
 
Interpretation and Application of Graphical Forecasts
Terry Lankford, FAA FSS (Retired)/NWA Aviation Meteorology Committee,  Murphy's, CA
 
Interpreting Probabilistic and Confidence Messaging in NWS Forecasts
Jane Fogleman, Meteorologist/Aviation Program Leader, NWS Great Falls, MT

1:55 - 2:10 PM -- Afternoon Break

2:10 - 4:00 PM -- Second Afternoon Session
How to Access and Use Modern Geostationary Satellite Data for Flight Planning and Operations
Dan Lindsey, GOES-R Program Scientist, NOAA/NESDIS, Fort Collins, CO
 
Game Changing Applications of Polar Orbiting Satellite Data for Flight Planning and Operations
Jeff Weinrich, Meteorologist and Cal/Val Lead, Science and Technology Corporation, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
 
What the Contract Weather Observers Want You To Know
Daniel Dexter, Lead Contract Weather Observer, El Paso International Airport, TX
 
Closing Remarks and Surveys
David Tucker, Meteorologist in Charge, Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center Weather Service Unit, NM

4:45 - 5:30 PM -- Concurrent FAA Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center Tour or NWS Weather Forecast Office Tour (Pick One)

 

Posters

Operational Impacts to the Southwest U.S. Airspace from Convective Activity within the Newman Gap
Connor Dennhardt, Aviation Program Leader, NWS El Paso, TX
 
Increasing CWSU Forecaster Input and RSYNC access via an Intranet portal using a Linux Virtual Server  
Nick Uebelhor, Meteorologist CWSU ZME, Memphis, TN

 



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.

 

WINGS Credit

The Albuquerque FAAST Program Manager will award the following WINGS credit for those who are interested:

  • Dinner ($30 including tax) and Keynote Address, Friday, November 5th, 6-9 PM: 1.0 WINGS Credit in the Basic Knowledge 3 category.  See Friday's agenda for more information.

  • Aviator and Controller Weather Workshop, Saturday, November 6th:

    • First Morning Session, 8:00-9:20 AM: 1.0 WINGS credit in the Basic Knowledge 2 category.

    • Second Morning Session, 9:35-11:10 AM: 1.5 WINGS credits in the Advanced Knowledge 2 category.

    • First Afternoon Session, 12:30-1:55 PM: 1.5 WINGS credits in the Basic Knowledge 1 category.

    • Second Afternoon Session, 2:10-4:00 PM: 1.5 WINGS credits in the Basic Knowledge 3 category.

    • ZAB ARTCC Tour or NWS Forecast Office Tour, 4:45-5:30 PM: 0.5 WINGS credit in the Basic Knowledge 3 category. 

Signup sheets for you to apply for the credit will be available at each event.

 


 

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.