On March 22nd and 23rd, I attended a workshop where the theme focussed on the “modernization of aviation weather services.” Some of the presentations proved interesting with NAV CANADA updates, a volcanic ash presentation from Montreal's (VAAC - Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre), ICAO, an update on the American CAWS (Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement - think convective forecasts), Air Canada and JAZZ dispatchers schmoozing the crowd coupled with "break out workshops" along the way. I asked questions for YOU, the general aviator. "When will NAV CANADA have an updated weather website and when will NAV CANADA have doppler radar superimposed on radar screens." Unfortunately, I received a generic politically correct response to both. But heck, they have updated many AWOSs (Automatic Weather Observing Station). Of course, I had to ask the price tag, and with a bit of prying on my part, found they cost $750,000 to $1 million each. But your antiquated website is still being worked on because of "unforeseen" glitches.
Overall, I am glad I went and that CMAC-E (the host) sent me an invite. Sadly, I sold one measly book. For those who have your best interest at heart for aviation weather (there were about 85 in the room), they sure didn't prove to be inquisitive. But I made some great contacts! So if you have some humdinger questions, I know who to email.
Enjoy Canada's weather!