General Aviation briefing services

A comprehensive range of free weather forecasts and actuals designed for private pilots.

General Aviation briefing services

A comprehensive range of high quality weather products, agreed with the CAA, as well as training courses for those who fly recreationally.

You can upgrade to receive the additional subscription services, for £57.60 including VAT per year - just over £1 a week.

Training

The Met Office offers a range of courses aimed to help you better understand aviation meteorology. Whether you are aiming for a PPT or simply want to know more - we have a course to help you.

Talk to a forecaster

Pilots who need specialist briefings can have one-to-one discussions with a Met Office aviation forecaster.

Terms and conditions

The information on the aviation pages is intended for aviation purposes within the UK. These data are not to be used for commercial purposes and are for personal use only, i.e. they should not be passed on to other people or reproduced in any way.

Users outside of the UK should not use these data, unless they have sought permission from their own met. authority to do so. The Met Office reserves the right to deny access to those believed not to conform to these requirements.

Briefing charts

Form F215
UK low-level weather chart providing a graphical display of areas of different weather plus text relating to surface visibility, weather and cloud up to FL100, updated four times a day.

Form F214
UK spot wind chart providing wind speed and direction and temperature for standard levels up to FL240, updated four times a day.

Form 414
European spot-wind chart providing wind speed and direction and temperature for standard levels up to FL240, updated twice a day.

Form F415
European low-level weather chart providing a graphical display of areas of different weather plus text relating to surface visibility, weather and cloud up to FL100, updated four times a day.

TAFs and METARs

Global TAF and METAR search
Get the latest global TAFs and METARs by searching either by ICAO indicator, a zoom-in map, an airport name or a nearby city.

TAF and METAR bulletins
TAF and METAR bulletins for popular areas give quick and easy access to the latest airfield forecasts and actuals.

Text forecasts

AIRMET
Descriptive aviation forecasts covering different regions, and updated several times a day.

Ballooning forecasts
Ballooning forecasts are available for south-east, south-west, central and northern regions.

Climate statistics
Historical averages of weather conditions at a selection of British Isles airfields.

If you upgrade to the subscription service you also get:

Three-day aviation planner
Regional aviation weather outlook for three days to assist planning, updated once a day.

Graphical displays

60-hour synoptic forecast
Animated charts out to 60 hours ahead in colour, updated daily.

Rainfall radar
Actual British Isles rainfall radar updated hourly in animated sequence over last six hours.

Global composite satellite
Infrared image updated once a day.

Visible satellite pictures
Visible images of Europe, updated once per day.

Infrared satellite pictures
Infrared cloud-top temperatures over Europe updated four times a day.

If you upgrade to the subscription service you also get:

120-hour European synoptic charts
Animated charts out to 60 hours ahead in colour and 120 hours ahead in black and white for easy printing, with animation, updated twice per day.

British Isles synoptic analysis
Showing fronts and isobars across the British Isles for the last hour.

Rainfall radar every 15 minutes
Actual British Isles rainfall radar updated every 15 minutes in an animated sequence of 11 frames. Actual European rainfall radar updated every 15 minutes in animated sequence of six frames.

Hourly visible satellite pictures
Visible images of Europe, updated hourly.

Hourly infrared satellite pictures
Infrared cloud-top temperatures over Europe in a sequence of the last six hours, updated hourly.

Lightning observations
The location of lightning strikes during the last two hours.

Flight-level wind and temperature charts
Charts for a selection of regions. Updated four times a day.

Significant weather charts
Charts for a selection of regions. Updated four times a day.

Cloud, precipitation and pressure charts*
Animated model forecasts for 36 hours ahead, updated four times a day.

Visibility forecasts*
Animated model forecasts of visibility for six hours ahead, updated hourly.

Jet stream*
Jet-stream/300 mb forecast animation for up to 48 hours ahead, updated daily.

*These products are made available on a trial basis. This means that we make them available for viewing and for customer feedback but they are not operationally supported. They may be removed without notice or be updated irregularly and as such should not be assumed to be part of the subscription product.

Last updated: 17 December 2013