Most Recent Updates
July 7, 2020
Contract weather observers provide vital services to keep the Aviation industry safe and on the move. We are pleased that Congress has again acted to protect our program in the annual appropriations process to ensure the continued safety of flyers.
USCWOA’s direct advocacy to Congress has been heard and we are protected in the FY 2021 House Transportation Appropriations legislation. Call your representatives and urge them to support the legislation!
As we welcome Americans back to the skies, it is important that all CWOs are working to protect our passengers, pilots and crews. USCWOA and CWOs everywhere are always here to ensure you can get to your destination – rain or shine!
November 5, 2019 USCWOA conducted its first webinar to help elevate our profile to the CWOs and on Capitol Hill. Here is the link to our first webinar. https://stme.in/dmWfWI6UDJ
October 6, 2018 President Donald Trump signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 into law. It prohibits the FAA from eliminating any FAA Contract Weather Office through FY2023.
September 28, 2017 The U.S. Congress passes a 6 month extension on the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Congress needs more time to address Rep. Shuster's FAA Bill that introduces privatizing the ATC over the next 6 years. We desire longer term bills for authorizations and appropriations for the FAA so our Program can be extended and preserved better in the future.
August 1, 2017 The United States Contract Weather Observing Association started voting via forum and social media on two favorite T-shirt designs for our 2017 Shirt and Mug Fundraiser. We picked two out of ten designs that were submitted and on August 13, 2017 we announced the winners. One design was a comic design that was created by Abbey Reif, one of our Association Members who works for the West Palm Beach, Florida CWO as a weather observer. The other was designed and submitted by the Spokane, Washington CWO. We began taking pre-orders for our shirts and mugs on August 15, 2017 and we wrapped up the fundraiser on September 1, 2017. It has taken about 4-5 weeks to get the shirts and mugs produced, but we have received and filled the majority of the orders this last week in September.
July 27, 2017 The FY18 Transportation, Housing, Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Funding Bill
July 19, 2017 The United States Contract Weather Observing Association (USCWOA) applauds the House Appropriations Committee for moving its FY18 Transportation, Housing, Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) funding bill out of Committee. The legislation includes a provision that does not allow any Department of Transportation (DOT) funding to discontinue this critical program for FY18. Although more work needs to be done, we are happy with this positive step forward. The bill will now move to the House floor for passage. We urge our representatives to support this bill!
July 10, 2017 The House FY18 Thud Appropriations Bill was released this day.
CWO provision is found on page 14...
"Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act or any other Act may be used to eliminate the Contract Weather Observers program at any airport."
July 7, 2017 Honorable U. S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) supports CWO Program by Press Release
June 25, 2017 Honorable U. S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) spoke out about FAA ATC Privatization, but gave a plug for the CWO Program which he is one of our Champions in the Senate supporting us. The Senator mentions our Program at the 6:45 and 8:00 marks of the video.
June 22, 2017 Language produced by Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to preserve the CWO Program until FY22. Sponsor of bill is Honorable Senator John Thune (R-SD). Our language is a moratorium placed on the FAA Administrator that prohibits the FAA from eliminating any weather stations until FY22. The language is found in Section 1219, entitled, Moratorium on Changes to the Contract Weather Observer.
June 7, 2017 Please join me in congratulating Mr. Daryl Bargiband for being voted on to our Board of Directors of the USCWOA as a Technical Advisor. His job will be to assess and help develop education platforms for our association to share with Congress and the general public.
June 6, 2017 Please join me in giving a big shoutout to USCWOA member Mr. Matthew Harding and his crew of weather observing professionals. What Matthew orcestrated here epitomizes what the Association stands for in engagement with our Congressional leaders and proactive outreach and education to the public. The Association would like to encourage this kind of activity at other stations. A Big Thank You goes out to this weather station.
June 6, 2017 CEO of Spokane International Airport and charter AAAE member of the USCWOA spoke out today against ATC Privatization and also the potential closures of medium-sized airport CWOs
June 2, 2017 DSM Senior Weather Observer and USCWOA member, Mr. Paul Snyder and Weather Observer, Mr. Brian Travers met with their Congressman, Representative David Young (R-IA) at the Winterset Court House to discuss the current woes of the CWO Program. It appeared that Rep. Young already was quite informed about our Program and knew quite a bit about our previous struggles. After Paul and Brian briefed Rep. Young about what are current pressing issues confronting the CWO Program, Rep. Young expressed genuine concern about the recent issues facing our Program. Paul and Brian came away from this meeting with a very optimistic outlook for our Program. It appears that this Iowa Congressman, who has a chair on Sub-committee for Transportation and HUD really knows about us and he certainly knows that ATC doesn't want the responsibility of monitoring the weather nor has the means to do both their job and ours at the same time. Good Job guys! We really need more of these meetings to occur for our Program.
June 2, 2017 The FAA's and President’s proposed budget once again calls for the elimination of some or all of the Contract Weather Observer (CWO) program within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We need your help today! Contact your Congressional Representative and/or Senator and urge them to support this important program. Voicing our concerns is vital and we encourage you to let them know the potential safety hazards caused by the elimination of this program. Calling or sending a letter is the most effective way to get our government representatives to listen. We encourage you to reach out today! The fight continues to preserve our profession. If you are a contract weather observer, it is time to send letters and get engaged as much as possible with your Congressional Leaders in Washington, D.C. It is time to spread the word about what you do for aviation safety and what you represent for the aviation industry. Make a difference to preserve our jobs and reach out and speak out.
June 1, 2017 The United States Contract Weather Observing Association has as members, 6 contract weather companies and currently 466 members representing 105 contracted weather stations. Our goal is to have over 500 members by the end of 2017. We need your support, so If you are willing to join our cause, email or call us and we can get you the information you will need to join.
May 6, 2017 The United States Contract Weather Observing Association (USCWOA) is extremely pleased with Congress, and the administration, as President Trump signed H.R. 244 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 into law on May 5th. The measure swiftly moved through Congress with broad bipartisan support and positively received and enacted by President Trump.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, included provisions that will provide FY2017 appropriations for the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and several related agencies. The signing of this measure into law has ensured that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has adequate resources to carry out its missions, and ensures the continuity of the Contract Weather Observing program and the critical services we provide across the U.S. in support of the aviation industry for the remainder of this fiscal year. Though passing this measure is a step in the right direction, USCWOA urges Congress to continue this momentum into FY2018 appropriation negotiations, as well as in the context of the development of the next FAA reauthorization legislation expected to be considered in the coming months.
Letter sent to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao back on April 5, 2017.
I forgot to add DOT Secretary Chao's response to our letter
Here it is and it is as "canned" as a response can be: