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Thursday, July 12, 2018, 17:25
Aviation weather center opens
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Thursday, July 12, 2018, 17:25 By chinadailyasia.com

Hong Kong Observatory Director Shun Chi-ming (third right), Deputy Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China Wang Zhiqing (fourth right) and Deputy Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration Yu Rucong (fourth left) open the Asian Aviation Meteorological Centre in Beijing on July 11, 2018. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG - The Asian Aviation Meteorological Centre has started operation, providing quality en-route weather information to regional meteorological organizations and the aviation sector, according to a government press release on Wednesday.

The center will provide a monitoring platform for issuing forecasts and alerts on hazardous weather affecting aviation

Hong Kong Observatory Director Shun Chi-ming, Deputy Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China Wang Zhiqing and Deputy Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration Yu Rucong officiated at the center’s launch ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday. 

Shun said the center will help meteorological organizations in the region to better serve the aviation sector to cope with increasing flight traffic.

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He noted the three agencies established the Asian Aviation Meteorological Service Website, the center’s predecessor, in 2004. 

Since then, the website has been fully upgraded and the three agencies have also been working closely with regional meteorological organizations to co-ordinate Significant Weather Information to improve the level of aviation meteorological services, he added. 

The center will provide a monitoring platform for issuing forecasts and alerts on hazardous weather affecting aviation, such as thunderstorms, turbulence, icing and more, for reference by meteorological organizations of neighboring countries and regions and the aviation sector. 

It will also provide a platform for forecasters from different areas to co-ordinate significant weather information content, with a view to improving overall forecast quality.

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