The extensive range of products and services that the Met Office provides on behalf of the CAA to support airlines operating globally is well known. What is perhaps less well known is the commitment that the Met Office places in supporting the flight safety and well-being of the UK’s general aviation community. Continue reading →
St Helena is a long way from where you are – it’s a long way from anywhere. The nearest land (and diversion airfield) is Ascension Island 703 miles away and the mainland of Africa is at least 1200 miles away. Prior to the building of the airfield, it was also a long time from anywhere; a 2-3 day trip from Ascension Island or 5 days from Cape Town, both by ship, were the only ways most could travel to or from the Island. Continue reading →
Civil aviation accidents in the UK are investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), part of the Department for Transport. There are many factors that can lead to an aviation accident, one of which is weather conditions that can affect an aircraft or airport. Continue reading →
A number of UK helicopter companies operate daily to offshore oil and gas platforms across the North Sea, Irish Sea and North East Atlantic. Their operation is vital to the oil and gas industry where rig workers are frequently transferred to and from these platforms. Continue reading →
Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) is a multinational collaborative project to completely overhaul European airspace and its air traffic management (ATM). It includes all aspects of aviation from management of the airports, the trajectory planning and the planning for events that will impact on the aviation network.
EUMETNET is an alliance of national MET centres from across Europe, and is involved in the weather aspects of SESAR which the Met Office is leading on. This includes gathering meteorological requirements. Continue reading →