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Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS)

ATIS is a continuous broadcast of the operational information provided by the tower, and normally supplied to aircraft prior to take-off or landing.

It is transmitted on a discrete VHF frequency and amended when aspects of recorded conditions change. 

 

The frequency for the Tauranga ATIS is:

  • 126.6

 

You can call Tauranga Tower on:

  • 07 547 4616, press 0 to hear the ATIS.

 

Active ATIS broadcasts are also available on:

 

Listen to an example of an ATIS

 

The items normally included in ATIS broadcasts are: 

 

  • (name of aerodrome) Terminal Information Code letter of the transmission (e.g. Information ALFA or BRAVO etc)
  • Issued at (time) 
  • Expect (type of approach, e.g. visual or NDBDME) 
  • Runway (in use) 
  • Surface conditions (wet or dry etc) 
  • Any other operational information 
  • Surface wind (in °M and knots) 
  • Visibility 
  • Present weather 
  • Cloud 
  • Temperature and dew point 
  • QNH 
  • 2,000 ft wind 
  • The statement “ON FIRST CONTACT WITH TAURANGA TOWER, NOTIFY RECEIPT OF BRAVO”

 

 

Example:

 

Tauranga Information Juliet

Issued at 0125Z

Expect RNAV approach runway 25

Runway condition dry

Surface wind 320 degrees 8 knots varying between 290 and 350 degrees

Visibility 30 kms reducing 20kms

Present weather showers in vicinity

Cloud Few 1500 feet Sct 2600 Bkn 3500 feet

Temperature 25

Dew point 18

QNH 1007

Forecast 2000 foot wind 270 degrees 25 knots

On first contact with Tauranga Tower notify receipt of Juliet

 

On your initial call with the tower, let them know you have listened to the ATIS by transmitting the Letter and QNH.

ie.

Juliet, 1007