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Aeronautical Meteorological Observing

Aeronautical Meteorology training increases awareness of aviation weather hazards.

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).

See our Calendar of scheduled courses  to find out when the next available courses are scheduled.

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Price: £3,028 per person (VAT exempt)

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."

"I was impressed. The course was delivered from a variety of approaches, to me this seemed well done to ensure that all differing 'types of thinkers' were engaged. An obviously highly knowledgeable and experienced team, great rapport with each other and the students which positively promotes the Met Office, as well as creating an interesting and stimulating learning environment."

How to book: If you would like more information or to book a space on the course, please email the aviation training team:

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