Offshore Meteorological Weather Interpretation Training



The latest edition of UKCAA CAP 437, Edition 8, 2016, requires Meteorological Weather Interpretation Training for all HLO's.

Flight Safety has developed a 2-day Offshore Meteorological Weather Interpretation Training course that can be delivered either on-board a vessel, in-house or during an Aeronautical Enterprises training session held periodically in Melbourne. Contact Aeronautical Enterprises for our next training session date.

The certificate will be valid for two years and is specific to offshore operations.

Course Profile

The Offshore Meteorological Weather Interpretation Training course, developed to international standards, will enable participants to understand, interpret, document and report weather systems, as applicable to offshore helicopter operations.

Training Syllabus

  • Introduction to aviation meteorology (weather patterns, air masses and fronts) and understanding their potential impact on offshore helicopter operations.
  • Meteorological coding interpretation, including TAF, METAR, CAVOK etc.
  • Understanding national/international weather systems.
  • Training in the use of HMS (Helideck Monitoring Equipment) and related procedures.
  • Training in the use of contingency meteorological equipment and procedures in case of the failure or unavailability of automated sensors. 
  • The process of creating an accurately encoded offshore weather observation.
  • Access to the relevant support material.
  • Estimating visibility from offshore helidecks and limitation of sensors.
  • Observing precipitation including freezing precipitation.
  • Observing and reporting lightning and thunderstorms.
  • Identification of convective clouds and the operational significance of Tcu/CB clouds.
  • Estimating cloud amounts and cloud bases and limitation of sensors.
  • Reporting of pressure including QNH, QFE and the significance of this to offshore helicopter operations.
  • Reporting of sea conditions i.e. Sea State and Wave Height.
  • A review of weather reporting and associated pros & cons from an air crew perspective.
  • Rig let-down and (ARA) Airborne Radar Approach & (HOGA) Helideck Offshore GNSS Approach Procedures, in the context of inclement weather conditions and the associated critical need for accurate reporting.

Course Fees

2-Day Training Course fee: $1,600 + GST per delegate, lunch and refreshment supplied.

Visit Course Registration to secure your place and for full details on how to register and Aeronautical Enterprises Terms and Conditions.

Group Bookings Onshore, Offshore or International

Group bookings of 5 delegates or more for onshore, offshore or international courses may be eligible for a substantial course fee discount. Email Aeronautical Enterprises or complete our Aeronautical Enterprises Training Enquiry Form to find out how much a group booking could save your company.

* Minimum numbers apply for all courses.