Aeronautical Meteorological Observing

designed for those with experience in aeronautical meteorology

The Aeronautical Meteorological Observing course is designed for those with experience in aeronautical meteorology.

The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to make fully compliant and accurate aviation weather reports. The acquisition of the necessary skills is achieved through a combination of theory and practical training.

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

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

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

On completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • make accurate and compliant weather observations;
  • create Meteorological Aerodrome Reports (METARs) and special reports;
  • 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.

    Additional supplementary modules are also available if required.

    Synoptic observing (three days) - for delegates who have the additional requirement of producing World Meteorological Organization (WMO) compliant synoptic observations.

    Upper-air observations (one day) - for delegates who need to understand the different types of upper-air reports e.g. data from radiosondes, wind profilers, Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR); how to decode messages, and in the case of radiosondes, plot the data on a tephigram.

    Observation instrumentation and quality control (one day) - a look at various instruments, how they work, their strengths and weaknesses and ways of quality controlling observational data.
"A very good and interesting course.  All the controllers/trainers learned a lot from it.  An example is a squall-line whereby before the training everyone thought the CB base is squall-line."

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

Last updated: 28 May 2015