Offshore Meteorological Observing

This course enables observers to make accurate aviation weather reports for offshore helicopter operations.

The Met Office is a Civil Aviation Authority approved provider of aviation observer training. The Offshore Meteorological Observing course is designed to enable observers to make accurate aviation weather reports for offshore helicopter operations.

The training will provide tuition in the theory and practical skills required to make weather reports to the necessary standard to ensure the safety of helicopter operations.

The 6th Edition of CAP 437 Offshore Helicopter Landing Areas - Guidance on Standards recommends that personnel who carry out meteorological observations on offshore installations are to undergo formal meteorological observer training and are certificated by an approved training organisation for this role.

Course length: Two days

Location: Courses are run regularly in Aberdeen. They can also be held exclusively for your staff in Aberdeen at the Met Office College facilities in Exeter or at a location of your choice.

Aim: To enable observers to make accurate aviation weather reports for offshore helicopter operations.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • observe, report and encode the weather elements required for the pre flight weather reports and also the en-route weather radio message;

  •  explain the procedures used to estimate the subjective elements of the weather report (i.e. visibility, weather and cloud type, amounts and height);

  • describe the procedures used to accurately obtain the objective elements of the weather report (i.e. wind speed and direction, pressure and temperature);

  • have a knowledge of the various systems, equipment and instruments in use, including their limitations;

  • understand the need for issuing accurate weather reports, especially in the case of an aircraft incident;

  • decode civil METARs, TAFs and trends;

  • understand air masses, weather fronts and how clouds are formed.

How to book: If you would like more information or to book a space on the course, please email us at moc.enquiries@metoffice.gov.uk.

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Last updated: 7 February 2014