Recommendation R20020180

Recommendation issued to: Bureau Of Meteorology

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020180
Date issued: 20 September 2002
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Bureau of Meteorology ensure that all public weather warnings expected to affect the airspace of an air traffic control facility be transmitted to that facility by the most expeditious means possible.

Initial response
Date issued: 19 April 2004
Response from: Bureau Of Meteorology
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The following response dated 13 April 2004 was received from the Bureau of Meteorology:

The Bureau will work with Airservices to decide which warning products are going to be useful to controllers and pilots. Clearly there is a need to avoid information overload. Severe Weather Warnings for the general public are wordy and often relate to large areas, whereas air traffic control is really only interested if the phenomena are likely to impact on the airport or approaches. Products which may be suitable for alerting tower controllers to an impending severe storm situation at an aerodrome are the Airport Warning (a plain language advice to ground staff) or the Thunderstorm Alert for aviation ground staff (advice on impending thunderstorm activity designed for baggage handlers, refuelers etc). It should be noted that a graphical Thunderstorm Alert for aviation ground staff is under development which will display thunderstorm activity and expected movement in the terminal area, Airservices Australia has been involved in its development. In addition, products specially tailored to the needs of particular users will be developed.

A significant issue here is the level of understanding that pilots and controllers have of both the Bureau products and the meteorological phenomena they refer to.

Last update 03 April 2012