Restricted Observing

helping you to make effective decisions to reduce the impact of adverse weather

This course has been designed for staff of ATS units using a fully integrated semi-automatic observing system.

Successful trainees will be awarded with a 'restricted' certification for use solely at similarly equipped sites (see CAP746 Appendix G).

Course length: five days.

Location: Courses are held in the Met Office building at Belfast International Airport or at a location of your choice.

Aim: To develop the skills necessary to observe, report and encode the 'visual' elements of the METAR to a standard that meets CAA requirements.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • observe, report and encode the 'visual' elements required for METAR reports and local ATS reports;
  • demonstrate a good knowledge of the other elements making up METAR reports and local ATS reports;
  • disseminate fully coded and accurate reports within agreed timescales;
  • understand the process and criteria for issuing 'special' weather reports;
  • demonstrate the ability to make observations at night.

Last updated: 3 September 2013