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Aviation meteorology – would you like to get involved?

Last April's Eyjafjallajökull ash cloud showed the world the important role meteorology plays in everyday aviation. The disruption to air travel affected millions, but also provided challenging new insights in forecasting volcanic ash dispersion, as well as increased interest in aviation meteorology as a whole.

If you are a flying enthusiast, you are well aware that the subject of meteorology is one of the most important aspects in aviation, either in everyday operations or in aviation exams. Increased interest in aviation meteorology has proven in many cases to ultimately increase aviation safety by better informing pilots and the general public on the aspects of weather which affect air travel. The ash cloud is but one of many aviation meteorology subjects: other subjects include, but are not limited to, aircraft icing, fog, precipitation, jet streams, turbulence, and thunderstorm avoidance.

We are interested in the idea of forming a special interest group in the area of aviation meteorology. The goal of such a group would ultimately be to discuss and contribute to enhancing insight into aviation meteorology through sharing information of common interest and organizing meetings and events on popular topics, always keeping in mind that the subject ‘aviation meteorology’ covers a vast subject area. First hand accounts of how aviation meteorology affects you and how you approach the subject, either on the ground in flight planning or in the air, would be of particular interest, but there is the potential for much more. We would be interested to hear if you think starting a new Special Interest Group on Aviation Meteorology would be a good idea and if so whether you are interested in being part of it – that is a potential supporter to any meetings or events that the group might convene.

If so please contact either Jacob Kollegger ( or Paul Hardaker ( with your thoughts and ideas.

A change of HQ staff

In December Sue Snellgrove left the Society, and in replacement two new members of staff have joined the HQ team, Marcia Spencer (Assistant to the Private Secretary) and Jodie Carter (Administration Assistant) (Figure 1). Marcia is the new contact for meeting organization and conferences and Jodie looks after the general administration of the Society, including shop orders and general enquiries.

Figure 1.

New members of staff – Jodie Carter and Marcia Spencer.

Association of Science Education (ASE) conference

Society staff joined Geoff Jenkins at the OPen Air Laboratory stand at the Association for Science Education (ASE) annual meeting held at Reading University at the start of January (Figure 2). OPAL are promoting their climate survey and weather roadshow, both to be launched in March 2011 (see for more information). As always, the ASE exhibition marquee was a vibrant venue for many constructive conversations.

Figure 2.

The OPAL stand at the ASE conference.


The Society is sorry to record the deaths of the following members during 2010:

I. Alexander (Leamington Spa), J. Barnett (Oxford), C. Bell (Derry), D. Bennetts (Fleet), P. Brodhurst (Milford-on-Sea), J. K. Cook (Australia), B. Cosgrove (Banbury), S. Cowan (London), G. Cowling (Marlow), L. Draper (Dingwall), T. Evans (Ely), A. R. Houghton (Australia), C. R. Hughes (Ludlow), E. R. Illingworth (Chester), O. G. Jones (Australia), J. Ludlam (Sunningdale), A. Morse (Clwyd), R. J. Murgatroyd (Launceston), K. Nicholas (Beverley), R. E. Pattison (Australia), W. Roach (Crowthorne), C. P. Rowan (Exeter), J. Simpson (USA), B. L. Sperring (Basingstoke), J. Stewart (Southampton), A. Strange (Oadby), B. W. Thompson (Eastbourne), H. Turner (Newton Abbott), R. Walker (Leyland), A. C. Wiin-Nielson (Denmark), and W. Wuest (Hingham).