International Civil Aviation Day is celebrated 7 December, with this year’s theme “Evolving to Meet the Challenges of 21st Century Air Transport”.
Aeronautical meteorology is a key priority for WMO because, for many National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, the aviation sector is a crucial client. Aviation significantly contributes to the globalized world economy, facilitating the growth of international trade, tourism and international investment, and connecting people across continents.
The year 2012 saw 3.0 billion passengers carried by air, with 31 million aircraft departures. These figures are expected to increase respectively to 6.4 billion and 59 million by 2030, placing even further demands in terms of safety, quality management and environmental protection on operators and supporting services.
Through its Aeronautical Meteorology Programme, WMO supports the implementation and further development of quality management systems, assessment and documentation for the competency of personnel, improvements in significant meteorological information for aviation, new services to air traffic management and the predictions and warnings of volcanic ash, space weather as well as nuclear and chemical emergencies. In this context WMO assists its developing Members in addressing the many challenges for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in providing services to aviation. Among other actions, WMO provides support for a twinning/mentoring framework in quality management systems implementation and for the development of competency of aeronautical meteorological personnel.
On the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day, and in view of its fundamental contribution to the Civil Aviation and collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), WMO wishes to highlight theist commitment to the sustainable development of air transport, building on the pillars of safety and quality management, use of advanced technologies for operations and air traffic management, and establishment of high standards of infrastructure, personnel competence and efficiency.