Meteorology for Balloonists

designed to broaden and enhance the balloonist's knowledge of aviation weather

Meteorology for Balloonists is designed to broaden and enhance the balloonist's knowledge of aviation weather. The course is aimed at balloonists of all levels of competency with an interest in meteorology, or to help delegates prepare for the meteorological elements of the PPL(B), CPL(B) examinations.

Meteorology for Balloonists has been developed with balloon specialists Cameron Balloons

Course length: 2 days

Location: Courses can be arranged on request for group bookings of 10 or more at a location of your choice.

Aim: To broaden and enhance the pilot's knowledge of ballooning meteorology.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • recognise likely ballooning prospects by considering air-mass type;

  • have a basic understanding of the formation and life cycle of weather fronts;

  • fully interpret and effectively use METARs and TAFs;

  • have an improved understanding of aviation hazards and the use of specific aviation forecast products, including how basic data are obtained and used by the forecasters;

  • have a basic understanding of the atmospheric processes, including stability and the tephigram, and the relationship between density, pressure, temperature and humidity;

  • have a basic understanding of clouds and how they form;

  • have a basic understanding of visibility, including understanding fog and stratus processes and haze development.

The Met Office College provides a wide range of courses. To receive more information about training please register your details.

Last updated: 20 December 2013