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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

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: £1,658 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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