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The Working Group for Aviation Support was created by EUMETNET to address issues of common interest within the aeronautical meteorological (MET) domain.

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The SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Resarch) programme is one of the most ambitious research and development projects launched by the EU. 

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The strategic goals


EUMETNET’s aviation programme exists to support our members in improving the value and efficiency of meteorological services to the European aviation industry through cooperation, innovation and investment for the future. In addition, we also aim to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach towards future transformation of aviation meteorology in Europe by building on our positive relationships with industry stakeholders, governing bodies and the European Commission. By collaborating, we aim to enhance our understanding of the weather impacts on the ATM system and its users, and thereby tailoring future solutions to meet evolving industry needs.

The Aviation Implementation Strategy for future MET service provision to the aviation sector can be summarised in the following vision statement:


“Operations of every European Airspace User will be made safer and more efficient through better use of MET information by all aviation stakeholders”


The objectives

To achieve the vision statement there are 5 primary objectives for the Aviation MET community to focus on:

  • Availability of consistent, common, harmonised & user-oriented MET information
  • Easy access to quality assured MET information
  • MET information & expertise will be fully integrated into ATM decision making
  • MET services will have a demonstrated value, quality & efficiency
  • User oriented MET innovation


These objectives can be achieved through a number of developments on both a global and a European level which are on-going and are changing the way MET Service Provision to Air Navigation will be organized in the near-future. On a global level, there are the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP – Doc 9750) and the Global ATM Operational Concept (Doc 9854). These address the current and future air navigation needs and exploit new scientific and technological capabilities. The modernization process will be carried out by implementing the so-called Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) concept.

On a European level, the regulation (EU) 2017/373 referred to as Part-MET brings into legislation the requirements of regulated MET provision in Europe and ensures consistency across the continent. In addition, the European Union “Single European Sky” (SES) initiative has the aim to solve some of the many problems of air navigation caused by, amongst others, airspace fragmentation in Europe. SES is led by the European Commission (EC) and focuses on the achievement of some key goals: increasing safety and capacity, more cost effective air navigation services and lowering the environmental impact of aviation. The modernization process will be carried out by implementing the European ATM Master Plan through, for example, the deployment of new procedures and tools developed in the SES ATM Research (SESAR) programme, to which EUMETNET is a committed implementing partner. The European Master Plan can be seen as the European contribution to the ICAO GANP.

EUMETNET has an important role in helping its Members influence these changes and also to assist its Members in adapting to them and to ensure that their impact is managed. EUMETNET will publish a Vision Paper on Future MET Service Provision to Air Navigation in Europe in the near future.

The key priorities


Some of the key tasks of the Aviation Support Programme are:

  • Representing the aviation MET community at various European institutions, industry bodies, and stakeholder and technical groups, undertaking lobbying and reporting developments to our members (e.g. SWIM Governance, ICB/TSG, EASA, EUROCONTROL, SES, 3SA SDB)
  • Improve regional alliances (e.g. NAMCON) and demonstrate the benefits of this throughout Europe
  • Fostering collaborative approach between Members for post-deployment service provision and identifying risks and issues that may require change management and mitigation
  • Coordinating R&D and deployment activities such as SESAR
  • Identifying new opportunities for collaborative research and service provision for all our Members
  • Coordination and development of forecasting capability with EUROCONTROL Network Manager in cross-border activities

The organization


The Aviation Support Programme works under the advisement of WG AVIMET Chairmanship, AVAC guidance and the EUMETNET Executive Director and governing bodies. It is managed as part of the EUMETNET Secretariat.

The EUMETNET Aviation Coordinator is Ms Lauren Donohue from the UK Met Office and the Aviation MET Expert is Tor Ivar Mathisen from MET Norway.