AvMet is another new path for me in my career development, but even with this new path I am able to apply my experiences from First Solar and Weather Trends. As with Weather Trends, I will be analyzing weather data to determine an impact on society, instead of retail sales it is air traffic management. A big difference is in the clientele; retail executives and planners were typically quite ignorant (meaning they did not know what they did not know) where as air traffic controllers know about the impacts of weather about as well as anyone I’ve ever met.
My position with the company first started at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) in Warrenton. In this role, I was asked to look at forecasts during events which impacted air traffic management (ATM). I learned about the many tools available to air traffic planners and was even able to provide input into tools that are experimental. With my understanding of how the tools worked I provided training to air traffic planners on the best practices for the new weather tools, such as the Aviation Winter Weather Dashboard, available to them. In January of 2014, my time at the command center was up and I moved to a role at the AvMet R&D headquarters in Reston.
I am currently working on several projects at AvMet. Because I am not sure of the rules about sharing the research and to avoid giving away any company information I will only update as things are put into the public domain. I am excited about my future here and strive to continue learning about the impact of weather on the aviation and transportation communities.
Tools/Processes Used While with AvMet