Meteorology

The roles and responsibilities of the UK Meteorological Authority

The provision of meteorological (Met) services to civil aviation promotes the safety, efficiency and regularity of air navigation.

The CAA has an obligation to ensure that certain Met information is provided and meets internationally agreed requirements, including in respect of qualifications and training of staff who provide such information. In addition, the Met Authority conducts oversight and audits of providers of Met information as part of the wider CAA activities as a National Supervisory Authority under the Single European Sky and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Regulations.

The Met Authority is also heavily involved in shaping the international development of Met policy and future requirements, working with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the World Meteorological Organisation, EASA and Eurocontrol to provide expert advice on a wide range of meteorological matters. 

Access to Met Products

There are a number of meteorology self-briefing facilities, many available via the public internet. Nevertheless, the CAA continues to ensure that access is provided to forecasters (by telephone) for users who require safety related amplification and clarification of forecasts. This access is only granted if the user has already made full use of available self-briefing material. Face to face, telephone briefings and consultation with forecasters detract from the forecasters’ primary task of monitoring the current situation and forecasting. 

The CAA ensures that meteorology services are provided on approved ICAO telecommunications networks but does not provide direct oversight of other mechanisms employed in the dissemination of those services.