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Restricted Aeronautical Meteorological Observing

designed to help operational staff improve their awareness and forecasting of aviation weather-impact variables

This course has been designed for air traffic service (ATS) staff who produce Meteorological Aerodrome Reports (METARs) solely in tandem with a fully integrated semi-automatic observing system.

Aim: To develop the skills necessary to observe, report and encode the 'visual' elements of the METAR to the standard necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft.

Course length: Five days

Note: Attendance on this course requires a basic understanding of aviation weather reports, so delegates are encouraged to complete a brief pre-course assessment prior to attendance to help us to identify any particular learning needs.

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

How to book: To book your place on a course or for more information please email the aviation training team:

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Price: £1,708 per person (VAT exempt)

Location: Courses are held at our Belfast training facilities or at a location of your choice.

On completion of this course you will be able to:  

  • observe, report and encode the 'visual' elements required for METAR reports and local air traffic service reports;
  • demonstrate a good knowledge of the other elements making up METAR reports and local air traffic service reports;
  • disseminate fully coded and accurate reports within agreed timescales;
  • understand the process and criteria for issuing 'special' weather reports;
  • demonstrate the ability to make observations during hours of darkness.

Please note: The course concentrates mainly on the 'visual' elements which require manual confirmation before reporting, e.g. visibility, cloud, and present & recent weather. All other observation elements are covered in this course but not to the same fine detail.



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