The Director Visited the Civil Aviation Administration of China
20 March 2009The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) Mr. C.Y. Lam and Assistant Director Mr. C.M. Shun visited the Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in Beijing on 5 March 2009. They met with Mr. Zhou Yizhou, Deputy Director-General of ATMB, Messrs Chen Bao and Xu Jianliang, Director and Deputy Director of the Meteorological Division of ATMB, Ms Zhou Jianhua and Dr. Zhang Zhongfeng, Deputy Director-General of the Civil Aviation Meteorological Centre. Together they reviewed the cooperation between the two aviation meteorological services over the past two years and laid down the direction for future cooperation. The cooperation between HKO and CAAC has been ongoing for many years. The cooperation became even closer after a "Memorandum on Long Term Technical Cooperation in Aviation Meteorological Services" was signed in 1999, promoting aviation meteorological development and exchanges in both places. Under the Memorandum, senior management of both services would meet once every two years to review the cooperation and make plans for the future. At this senior level meeting, both sides agreed to strengthen further the sharing of meteorological data and technological exchange activities. A cooperation mechanism was also established to jointly study aviation meteorological subjects relevant to the Pearl River Delta. The Observatory also accepted an invitation to support ATMB's work in establishing low-level windshear alerting systems and numerical weather prediction system in the Mainland. Messrs C.Y. Lam and C.M. Shun also visited the North China Regional ATMB Meteorological Centre, Weather Radar Station of Beijing Airport and Beijing Area Control Centre to appreciate the operations and future development of aviation meteorological services in the Mainland. Mr. Lam was particularly interested in the specialized weather services provided by the forecaster stationed at the Area Control Centre.
The Director Mr. C.Y. Lam (left) and the Deputy Director-General of ATMB, CAAC Mr. Zhou Yizhou reviewed the cooperation between the Observatory and CAAC, and discussed the outlook for the future.
The Director and Deputy Director of the Meteorological Division of ATMB, Messrs Chen Bao (second from the right) and Xu Jianliang (second from the left) accompanied Messrs C.Y. Lam (third from the right) and C.M. Shun (third from the left) to visit the North China Regional ATMB Meteorological Centre, and received a briefing on the operations by the forecaster-in-charge.