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8.2 Decode Domestic Meteorological Reports and Forecasts

8.2.2 Demonstrate how to access aviation meteorological information for New Zealand through the MetFlight internet web-site.

Meteorological products and services for civil aviation in New Zealand can only be provided by organisations certificated to do so by the CAA.

The CAA is the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Meteorological Authority in New Zealand, and, as such, has an arrangement for MetService to carry out the operational requirements prescribed in ICAO Annex 3, Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation.

Sources of Met information

Specific aviation Met briefings are available from the following sources:

MetFlight GA

MetFlight GA is the best source of pre‑flight Met information.

metflight.metra.co.nz 

The MetService’s MetFlight GA website provides aviation Met for non-commercial use and is intended primarily for general aviation and flight training organisations.

The information available and the functions provided include:

  • a situation statement (textual),
  • satellite pictures,
  • weather radar,
  • analysis and prognosis charts,
  • cloud and rain forecasts,
  • GNZSIGWX,
  • GRAFOR,
  • AAW,
  • SIGMET,
  • GSM,
  • VAA,
  • VAG,
  • TAF,
  • METAR,
  • METAR AUTO and
  • SPECI reports.
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