Ten meteorologists from Bangladesh, Brunei, Mainland China, Iran, Laos, Lithuania, Myanmar, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Zimbabwe have completed a training course on aviation meteorological services organised by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO).
The training course, from November 22 to 26, was organised for the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and aimed at improving aviation meteorological services around the world, and was the sixth time that HKO organised similar training courses for WMO.
Mr Williams Bae Worwor, a participant from Vanuatu, said the HKO's achievements in the provision of aviation meteorological services had won unanimous acclaim from WMO and the international meteorological community. "I am very impressed by the application of advanced technology at the Observatory and the provision of quality services. This is an excellent opportunity for me to learn the latest development in aviation weather services," he said.
In 2002, HKO became one of the first aviation weather services in the world to be awarded the ISO 9001 certification. HKO also installed at the airport the world's first Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system for alerting windshear in fine weather. Furthermore, HKO staff took up active roles in international organisations such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation and WMO. To organise training courses for WMO reflects recognition of HKO's work by the international meteorological community.
On return to their home countries, the course participants are expected to contribute to the development of their own aviation weather services. This will further enhance flight safety and efficiency around the world.
Participants taking part in Hong Kong Observatory's aviation meteorological course