Flight Information Service METARs

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The PilotAware ATOM GRID Network represents a significant step forward in the co-operation between ground-based and airborne PilotAware assets. As the first in a suite of ‘Flight Information Services’ every ATOM station in the UK and Europe is being continuously provided with weather data from contributing NOAA METAR stations. This is within 150km of each ATOM station location.  

METAR data in the cockpit;

PilotAware devices running 20200825 or newer and in range of at least one PilotAware ATOM station will have METAR data uploaded to them. Currently, this is a complimentary service from PilotAware LTD.
METAR’s are shown either on the dedicated METAR page or on the PilotAware RADAR page available in-flight on your Tablet or Smart Device in the normal manner.  

METAR colour legend;

VFR: Ceiling greater than 3000 feet and visibility greater than 5 miles (includes sky clear).  

VFR = >3000′ and >5 miles

MVFR :Ceilings 1,000 to 3,000 feet and/or visibility is 3-5 miles inclusive.

MVFR = 1000-3000′ and/or 3-5 miles

IFR: Ceilings 500 to less than 1,000 feet and/or visibility 1 to less than 3 miles.

IFR = 500-1000′ and/or 1-3 miles

LIFR: Ceilings are less than 500 feet above ground level and/or visibility is less than 1 mile.

LIFR = <500′ and/or <1 mile

METARs on the PilotAware Web Interface;

The RAW data METARs can be viewed through the METARs tab on the PilotAware web interface. The highlighted colour indicates the flying condition above.

⚠️ This weather information is advisory only and does not provide advice on what to do nor where to fly. ⚠️

⚠️ The METAR represents the weather condition at the altitude of the airfield. ⚠️


KM NAME METAR
27 Birmingham_Intl EGBB 021430Z 04014KT 7000 RA FEW021 SCT048 12/10 Q0992
45 Gloucestershire_Arpt EGBJ 021430Z 02012G22KT 7000 RA BKN009 OVC015 12/11 Q0989
52 Oxford_Arpt EGTK 021430Z 06012KT 3500 RA DZ SCT005 BKN006 OVC009 12/11 Q0989
53 Brize_Norton(RAF) EGVN 021420Z 05015KT 3500 RADZ BKN007 OVC016 12/11 Q0989 BECMG 4500 RADZ RMK YLO1 BECMG GRN
74 Nottingham/E_Midland EGNX 021430Z 03015KT 350V050 9999 SCT019 BKN034 13/10 Q0993 RERA
80 Cranfield_Arpt EGTC 021400Z 04015KT 5000 RADZ SCT013 OVC025 12/11 Q0990
89 Shawbury(RAF) EGOS 021400Z 03010KT 9999 -RA BKN028 BKN050 13/10 Q0994 RERA NOSIG RMK BLU BLU
102 Luton_Arpt EGGW 021400Z 06014KT 3800 -RADZ BKN007/// OVC016/// //////CB 12/11 Q0989
114 Bristol_Intl EGGD 021400Z 04012KT 3700 RA OVC003/// //////CB 11/11 Q0988 RERA

METARs on the PilotAware RADAR Screen ; 

As well as appearing on the specific METAR page, METAR’s are also shown on the PilotAware RADAR Screen. This provides weather awareness to help you understand the conditions in which you are flying. Appropriate action can then be taken as you see fit.  

To view local METAR stations and wind feathers within 150km, the PilotAware RADAR screen should be “zoomed out” horizontally.  

A PilotAware RADAR screen zoomed out to 60km radius, shows METARs and wind feathers as shown below. In the screenshot below the aircraft detected have been removed for clarity.

Each METAR feather includes the ICAO of the airfield providing NOAA with the data. The ICAO code appears in the colour of the flying condition.

⚠️ The METAR represents the weather condition at the altitude of the airfield! ⚠️

⚠️ This weather information is advisory only and does not provide advice on what to do nor where to fly! ⚠️

From this screenshot, information about the surface wind and visual conditions is  represented as METAR feathers and ICAO codes.

The weather at EGBB (Birmingham) is indicating a 10kt wind coming from ~060°. The green tag and ICAO indicate the ceiling is greater than 3000 feet and visibility greater than 5 miles (includes sky clear).

The weather at EGDM (Boscombe Down) is indicating a 10kt wind coming from ~ 095° The red tag and ICAO indicate the ceiling is 500 to less than 1,000 feet and/or visibility 1 to less than 3 miles.

For a list of Airfield ICAO codes see here. Wikipedia

The yellow banner in the top right corner of the PilotAware RADAR Screen steps through the following information.

The number of ATOM stations currently being detected.

The Nearest Reporting METAR Station and its distance away.

The QNH at the most local METAR station.

⚠️ The METAR represents the weather condition at the altitude of the airfield! ⚠️

⚠️ This weather information is advisory only and does not provide advice on what to do nor where to fly! ⚠️

METAR wind barb symbols;

The PilotAware ATOM GRID Network represents a significant step forward in the co-operation between ground-based and airborne PilotAware assets. As the first in a suite of ‘Flight Information Services’ every ATOM station in the UK and Europe is being continuously provided with weather data from contributing NOAA METAR stations. This is within 150km of each ATOM station location. 

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