How we are supporting SESAR

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SESAR and Weather

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

VIDEO: How fog impacts air travel

With fog covering many parts of the UK so far this week, air travel can be disrupted.

In this short video we hear from our Meteorologist, Aidan McGivern who gives a quick summary of the weather over the past few days, followed by Jon Dutton, Aviation Business Manager who summarises the impact that fog can have on air travel.

What is a WAFC?

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Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud

(Strong vertical shear between two air streams causing winds to blow faster at the upper level than at the lower levels, causing turbulence. Sometimes these turbulent waves are seen in clouds).

From the early days of aviation, it was realised that meteorological information is vital for both the planning and safe conduct of flights. Pilots need to be informed about meteorological conditions along the routes they take and at their destination aerodromes.

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Met Office Aviation team prepare for winter onsite at easyJet HQ

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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