Meteorology for Airline and Airport Personnel

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

This course is designed to give a better understanding of the weather as it relates to flight and airport operations, helping you to make effective decisions to reduce the impact of adverse weather.

Course length: 3 days.

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

Aim: To enable airport and airline operation, control and dispatch personnel to understand and anticipate the potential impact of the weather on their work. Whatever the size of your organisation, this course covers all types of weather that affects short, medium and long haul flights.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • appreciate the main global circulation patterns;
  • calculate wind speed and direction from weather charts;
  • produce a basic weather forecast using airmass principles;
  • identify what type of weather and hazards occur on weather fronts and other features that you see on weather charts;
  • understand what satellite imagery can tell you;
  • understand the major hazards affecting aviation (Icing, Snow, Thunderstorms, Turbulence, Fog and Volcanic Ash) and to anticipate these hazards based on weather charts;
  • decode METARs, TAFS, WAFC and low level significant weather charts.

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Last updated: 22 January 2015