Aviation Meteorological Theory

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This course is designed to help operational staff improve their awareness and forecasting of aviation weather-impact variables. The course conforms with the new World Meteorological Organization (WMO) competency standards for Aeronautical Met. Personnel.

Aim: The Aviation Meteorological Theory course (AMT) is designed to help operational forecasters improve their aeronautical forecasting skills. In doing so, the course provides underpinning knowledge for the following elements of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Aeronautical Meteorological Forecaster (AMF) Competency Standards:

  • analyse and monitor continuously the weather situation;
  • forecast aeronautical meteorological phenomena and parameters;
  • warn of hazardous phenomena.

The AMT covers the following specific AMT and WMO aviation competencies WMO secondary level competencies (PDF, 122 kB) .

Course length: five days.

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Price: £1,975 per person (VAT exempt)

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

Entry requirements: The course is suitable for operational forecasters who have successfully completed the underpinning elements of the WMO Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists - further details can be found in WMO-No. 1083.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to the AMF standards and competencies;
  • Tephigrams;
  • Aviation hazards: turbulence;
  • Aviation hazards: icing;
  • Cumulonimbus and severe convection;
  • Fog, mist and low cloud;
  • Snow;
  • Volcanic ash and dust;
  • Tropical cyclones;
  • International Meteorological Aerodrome Reports (METARs), and Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) (refresher only);
  • World Area Forecast Centre (WAFC) charts and Inflight Weather Advisories for Significant Meteorological hazards (SIGMETs);
  • Satellite imagery interpretation;
  • Factors affecting aircraft performance and fuel consumption;
  • Altimetry.

Certification: There is no formal assessment for this course. It is the responsibility of aeronautical meteorological service providers to verify the competency of their aeronautical forecaster through ongoing assessment. The AMT has been audited and endorsed by the United Kingdom aviation regulatory authority, the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

An exam to check knowledge learnt and/or an on-the-job assessment programme may be provided for aeronautical meteorological service providers on request.

Additional modules:

The AMT course provides underpinning knowledge on a wide range of competencies required for aeronautical forecasters. If you need a more in depth understanding of certain elements of the standard course content, e.g. identifying and detecting volcanic ash or forecasting cumulonimbus clouds, please contact us with your requirements and we will be happy to discuss what we can deliver.

We also offer a selection of supplementary modules that can be added to the five day course. These are:

  • TAFs and METARs (two days) - for delegates who are not familiar with interpreting METARs and writing TAFs;
  • Meteorology for Gliding and Ballooning (one day) - for delegates who have to forecast for hot air balloonists and glider aircraft;
  • Examination (one to two hours) - a selection of examinations that target the knowledge requirements of an Aeronautical Met Forecaster.

How to book: If you would like more information or to book a space on the course, please email the aviation training team: aviationtraining@metoffice.gov.uk.

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Last updated: 29 October 2015