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Eumetcal Aviation Course 5/2 - 30/3/2007

A survey for a Statement of Requirement to establish Eumetcal Courses was conducted in spring 2006 and it was consequently decided that Eumetcal would seek partners for course delivery.

Eumetcal Courses to begin in 2007

Based on the strong support from the member community and EUMETNET, Eumetcal is now expanding its activities into blended learning (combination of distance and classroom learning) courses. The first course will be devoted to aviation meteorology and delivered by Météo-France (Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie, ENM) from 5 February to 30 March 2007 (exact dates of the weekly online sessions remain to be fixed). Relevant details about this course can be found in the attached announcement. The course will be divided into a distance learning phase from 5 February to 20 March followed by a five days classroom session in Toulouse from 26 to 30 March 2007.

Due to the nature of the course we require each student to have access to local assistance from technical (ICT) and aviation meteorology experts. The availability of local expertise will provide a valuable link with the local working environment. The task of the local tutor is to provide support to the student in cooperation with the Eumetcal Training Support Officer.

The attendance to the weekly live distance learning sessions will require good internet connections (at least 256 Kb/s) and access to a PC with recent Windows operating system and an Internet Explorer browser, as well as relevant multimedia hardware (microphone, headset) at the disposal of the student. Detailed specifications can be found from the website of Eumetcal Courses in due time but no later than 10 December 2006.

You are invited to send apply to this course by 10th December 2006, together with relevant pieces of information directly to ENM. The application form is available online at the following web address:

The participants will be selected based on compliance with target audience definition and prerequisites and also taking into account an objective of sharing training experience over Europe. As this will be the very first operational trial of a new concept on which several other Eumetcal courses will be based, it is also expected from the participants that they report about their own experiences about the blended learning concept and express their advice and recommendations for further sessions.

Yours sincerely,

Carola Sundius
Eumetcal Programme Manager
Finnish Meteorological Institute

Eumetcal Aviation Course Announcement

LOCATION: Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie, Météo-France, Toulouse

NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 15, with 5 students minimum to carry out the course

DATES: 5 February to 30 March 2007
5 February to 23 March: total 3 hours per week distance learning with 1 hour of online lessons and 2 hours of self-study weekly
26 to 30 March: classroom training session in Toulouse ( 30 hours total)

DURATION: 8 weeks; roughly 51 hours of training

REGISTRATION FEE: 800 EUR excluding accommodation and travel
Price for accommodation at the ENM: 9€/night
Meals: breakfast 2€, lunch and dinner 4€



- Update and deepen general knowledge in aviation and practical knowledge in meteorology needed for aeronautical forecasting, particularly the awareness of significant weather phenomena for aeronautics
- Demonstrate a new blended learning approach to training
- Further develop the design and content of the course with the contributions of the participants


Meteorologist personnel or equivalent involved in forecasting or meteorological services for the world of aeronautics. This first session is especially designed for attendees who already have experience in aviation meteorology.


- Knowledge of general and aviation meteorology
- Good proficiency in the English language
- Well established personal motivation to participate in new training and communication developments


1. Basics of pertinent aviation domains, i.e. flight mechanics, air regulations (airspaces, flight rules, operating minima), navigation principles, aircraft and airport operations

2. Significant weather phenomena and aviation

2.1. Poor visibility

2.2. Aircraft icing

2.3. Turbulence, wind shear

2.4. Thunderstorm and hail

2.5. Jets

3. Flight planning and flight operations: effects of meteorological parameters on aircraft performances, effects of meteorological phenomena on operations.

4. Synoptic review of regulation and codes of international organisations and ICAO recommendations.

5. Training aviation meteorology diagnoses: case studies, real time situations, etc.

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