CWSU Update - New Concept Test at Three Cities
NWSEO's diligent work to prevent the consolidation of CWSU is showing results. The NWS delivery of DemVal has been put on hold and NWSEO has a commitment that new resources (including FTEs) will be placed at the CWSUs or otherwise used in the aviation program.
NWSEO and NWS are working together to develop solutions to weather related aviation problems. This includes special projects with increased NWS personnel at the CWSU and WFOs in New York City, Atlanta, and Chicago. Each city has increased its NWS personnel by three employees. In New York City, the early results of this effort are extremely encouraging with a 50 percent decrease in weather related flight delays during the trial period over the same time last year. "Our confidence is growing that the CWSUs specifically, and the NWS aviation program in general, will be modernized and enhanced in a manner that will save lives, save money and protect our jobs. We look forward to working with the administration on bringing the NWS Aviation Program into the NEXTGEN era," stated President Sobien. "Needless to say, the increased NWS personnel in the New York City area are much needed and very well received."
The opportunity for increased personnel at CWSUs and the design of the NCS is a demonstration of recent collaborative work between NWSEO, DOC and NOAA.