Air traffic services

The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to make fully compliant, accurate aviation weather reports.

The air traffic services course is designed for those with experience in air traffic services. The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to make fully compliant, accurate aviation weather reports.

The acquisition of the necessary skills is achieved through a combination of theory and practical training.

Course length: 10 days (five days theory, five days practical).

Location: Courses are held in the excellent Met Office College Facilities at our Exeter headquarters or at a location of your choice.

Aim: To provide meteorological observing staff with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to make fully compliant and accurate aviation weather reports.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • make and report accurate and compliant weather observations (METARs and Special reports);

  • decode weather observations (METARs) and forecasts (TAFs) from an encoded message;

  • interpret actual/forecast surface information and any other appropriate charts and forecasts for aviation to assist in the understanding of the weather;

  • understand the various systems, equipment and instruments in use; including the maintenance and calibration of the sensors.

Last updated: 12 April 2012