Supporting safety for General Aviators

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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

Flying a helicopter over London?

Following discussions with the CAA, we were asked to generate a new forecast product designed specifically for helicopters operating over London’s controlled airspace. The driver for this was a safety recommendation in the AAIB (Air Accidents Investigation Branch) report issued following the Vauxhall helicopter crash in 2013. Continue reading

How historical data helps aviation customers make decisions


Every airport records weather data in the form of Meteorological Aerodrome Reports, or METARs. This is usually used in the very short term to help pilots and air traffic control manage a minute by minute situation and make adjustments to ensure that an aircraft takes off and lands safely. In addition, a METAR is used to write a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) for several hours ahead so that decisions can be made to account for inclement (or benign) weather conditions. Continue reading

Met Office Aviation team prepare for winter onsite at easyJet HQ


It’s that time of year again when we send a team of specialist aviation meteorologists to work within easyJet’s Operations Centre. This year’s team comes from Met Office sites across the UK, with most returning after working with easyJet last year. But what is it like to offer on-the-ground support to this highly weather-sensitive industry? Aviation meteorologist, Emma Corrigan, give us an insight into her day-to-day work at easyJet operational headquarters… Continue reading

Esteemed win for ’Best Service Provider’ at Airport Operators Association award ceremony


2016-11-21-aoaawards-226-2The Met Office Aviation team attended the AOA Annual Conference and awards this week.

We were entertained by Michael O’Leary who braved an audience of “robbers and bandits” to give his views of a post Brexit market, noting that he was already redirecting investment to markets that were more conducive to growth than the UK. Other speakers highlighted the need to conduct “business as usual” and to remain outwardly positive so not to deter tourism or continued business investment. Continue reading