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Avtech Met Office Weather Symposium

Hyatt Hotel, Heathrow Airport, UK
Heathrow, London
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January 31, 2018
09:00 - 17:00
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Hyatt Hotel, Heathrow Airport, UK
January 31, 2018
09:00 - 17:00

Understanding the benefits of up-linking high-resolution weather data to aircraft to improve operational efficiency


The Met Office is the UK's National Weather Service providing 24x7 world-renowned services. This includes designation as one of the two aviation World Area Forecast Centres providing upper wind, temperature and significant weather forecasts for planning all commercial flights, four times per day. 

In this Symposium, the Met Office will join AVTECH to outline the latest advances in weather forecasting. In particular, how this information can be utilised in real time up linking to aircraft: to drive operational cost efficiencies, including reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, as well as alerting pilots to the presence of significant weather hazards, including turbulence, wind shear, thunderstorms, ice and volcanic ash.

Bringing together scientists, weather experts and stakeholders in the aviation industry, join us to explore the benefits of up-linking high-resolution weather to aircraft and to hear case studies where benefits are already being seen.

"The difference between forecasted and actual wind data has been reduced significantly as we put the Met Office winds into use, which has lead to benefits for Lufthansa Cargo's fuel efficiency work. Together with AVTECH and Met Office we are now able to quantify our benefits in a comprehensive way!" Laura Wächtler, Manager Fuel Efficiency, Lufthansa Cargo


Who should attend?

  • Airline operations personnel, such as Flight Operations Officers, Dispatch Officers, Fuel Saving Officers, Flight Safety Managers and Airline operations managers

  • Those with an interest or responsibility for reviewing the impact of weather on an airline's operation, and/or

  • Key development personnel involved in projects or departments focusing on increased operational efficiency, and/or

  • Key personnel involved in mitigating the risk of weather related incidents

Event Topics

  • Recent scientific developments in the Met Office's global model.
  • The differences between high resolution and the low-resolution weather, used in flight planning systems.
  • Met model vs. Forecast
  • Accessing high-resolution weather. Problems and opportunities
  • Future developments
  • Benefits of higher resolution
  • Case study illustrations of how this is being implemented


The admittance fee for the Symposium is 50€*, however places are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve your place please scroll down to purchase your ticket. The last date for reserving a place will be December 10, 2017. If you have any questions regarding this symposium, please email

Joining instructions will be confirmed in early January 2018.


The Met Office is the UK's National Weather Service providing 24x7 world-renowned scientific excellence in weather, climate and environmental forecasts and severe weather warnings for the protection of life and property.

It is one of two World Area Forecast Centres and has been providing upper wind and temperature forecasts for flights around the world, four times a day since 1984. It is one of nine Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres and is responsible for advising international aviation of the location and movement of clouds of volcanic ash.

*All travel and accommodation is not included. Participants will be responsible for arranging this. 



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Avtech Met Office Weather Symposium
26 Jan 2018 (23:59)
50.00 EUR