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Airport news • 16 July 2014 • Met Office
In a new five-year contract, the Met Office is to provide a team of on-site meteorologists year-round at Heathrow Airport, the world’s busiest international airport...
David Gibbs from the Met Office explains the role of forecasts in helping to ensure airports remain open during winter weather, a look at ICAO's globally implementable winter operations procedures, and find out why Denver International Airport is prepared for the winter season...
Issue 1 2012 • 7 February 2012 • David Gibbs, Aviation Business Manager, The Met Office
The Met Office works across all areas of the aviation industry to help ensure safe and efficient operations. We provide a wide range of services such as specialist web sites, forecaster telephone advice, SMS text alerts and high resolution data services to name a few. These services are tailored to meet the needs of various users so that they have the most accurate information to support their weather dependant decision making, and we also add further value by simplifying the interpretation of meteorological conditions and their impact on airport, aircraft and air traffic management operations.Delivering weather forecasts and advice that is easy to access, easy to understand and directly relevant for specific purposes is very important. However, without timely and highly accurate content, forecasts will be severely degraded. To achieve the necessary standards presents a significant technological challenge as creating forecasts is a complex process.
Airport news • 15 November 2011 • Met Office
Weather Windows, is a weather based resource planning system. It enables airports to plan important tasks...
Issue 2 2011 • 11 April 2011 • Doug Johnson, Head of Transport at the UK Met Office
The coldest December in 100 years brought into sharp focus the impact that weather can have on the UK’s airports. Across Europe and North America heavy snowfalls and ice brought airports more used to severe winter weather to a standstill. But in a warming world, changing weather patterns are potentially a further complication for the world’s airports.It is said that we have a fascination with the weather, from what is happening outside now to what conditions are likely to be weeks ahead. For airport and airline operators disruption due to weather, especially in winter, can put strain on schedules through misplaced aircraft, passengers and staff.
In this article Doug Johnson describes how aviation users can utilise improved meteorological information to move beyond minimum safety requirements and towards increased business benefits.