Aviation met. service providers

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Helping you provide the most cost effective and efficient aviation met. service.

As the UK's designated provider of low-level met. data, the Met Office is able to provide everything from training to running your aviation met. service.

We are able to provide the following services:

TAF Verification

We can provide detailed analysis of the TAFs your met. service provides as part of a quality management system.

The ability to demonstrate the value and accuracy of meteorological provision is becoming increasingly relevant to meteorological service providers, meteorological authorities and airlines.

In 2010, the requirement for a Quality Management System (QMS) will be upgraded by ICAO to a Standard in Annex 3. The principles and guidance to QMS provision for meteorological service providers are contained in WMO-No. 1001, and are adopted by ICAO Annex 3 (para. 2.2. and para. 2.2.4).

One part of the overall QMS package will be the requirement to provide evidence of TAF verification (WMO No. 1001 para. 7.4.2. refers). The Met Office has for many years been providing a monthly detailed analysis of its TAFs to the UK Aviation Met. Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority. These are used to measure the accuracy of forecasts and the value for money to users. The Met Office can provide a similar detailed analysis of the TAFs your State produces.

These can be emailed, faxed or posted monthly and are available for any number of TAFs provided by your State.

TAF verification features

Our complete verification analysis includes the monthly provision of numerical and graphical data for the following features.

  • Individual station SQI score — a measure of the overall value of TAFs over the course of a month.
  • Complete miss frequency — corresponding to the occurrence of an event when it was not forecast, i.e. forecast with 0% probability of occurrence.
  • False-alarm proportion — looks at the 100% forecast category only (i.e. certainty for an event to occur).
  • Relative bias — is defined as the total number of forecast occurrences of an event, divided by the total observed number of occurrences.
  • Reliability tables — graphical summary analysis of the results of all individual TAFs over a period of time.

TAF verification service information form

Airport Inspections

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requires member States to regularly inspect airport meteorological services to ensure the regulated services provided comply with ICAO Annex 3.

The Met Office offers unrivalled experience and expertise in this area, regularly assessing the level of compliance at airports both in the UK and other countries, to satisfy this ICAO requirement.

We are able to assess against all, or any part, of ICAO Annex 3, including observations, instrumentation, communications, pre-flight briefing and forecasts. We also provide an executive summary and actions arising, to ensure compliance with ICAO. We can provide detailed written reports to the meteorological service provider and regulator, advising on overcoming non-compliance issues arising from the inspection.

Single European Skies

We are able to provide consultancy, training and met. provision in accordance with the Single European Skies (SES) guidelines.

As a Single European skies-certificated provider of meteorology, the Met Office has unrivalled experience in the running of a cost-effective, reliable aviation met. service. As such, we can work with you to reduce costs, enhance competitiveness, and provide a more effective service for aviation.

We have already worked with Austrocontrol to reduce its costs, enhance its competitiveness and provide a more effective service for aviation. We used our many years of experience in handling the pressures from a met. authority on a met. service to help us with this task.

Helping you with our knowledge

  • Consultancy and low-level aviation met. services for European countries
  • Improved cost-effectiveness and competitiveness of aviation met. services
  • Rapid upgrading of infrastructure
  • Compliance with ICAO standards

For more information about our aviation services, please email us or contact our Customer Centre

Last updated: 18 September 2012