Jeppesen helps keep our community safe
Jeppesen recently hosted a public training session for over 130 employees and guests. The training was sponsored by the National Weather Service (NWS), a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This was the largest training class ever conducted by the NWS.
The NWS office located in Boulder, CO provides severe weather and natural disaster warnings for 22 countries worldwide. They use trained weather spotters and reporters to help provide detailed information when threatening conditions exist. With the NWS’s advanced weather technology and their spotter/reporter network, they can provide public warnings and safety guidelines as early as possible to prevent injuries and deaths from weather-related disasters.
The topics covered in the training included advanced weather safety, techniques for determining the distance of thunder and lightning, how to identify updrafts and downdrafts, how to judge and measure hail, understanding macro and microburst’s, how shelf clouds turn into tornados and conditions that create blizzards and flash floods.
Due to the nature of our business and the number of employees who are pilots, this training was especially valuable. Weather conditions and how to forecast their effect on flying is an important aspect of pilot training. This course provided beneficial information for the pilots who attended.