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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

21 January 2003

A Meteorological Book for Aviation


The Bureau of Meteorology is releasing a new Manual of Aviation Meteorology, providing critical meteorological information for pilots, air traffic controllers and flight planners. The manual, a prescribed text for anyone studying for a Pilot's Licence, was last revised in 1981.

The Parliamentary Secretary, Dr Sharman Stone, who has responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology, said "The Bureau was initially responding to a need to prepare the manual to meet the meteorological requirements for pilot licences. However, the manual has developed well beyond the minimum requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It is now a comprehensive and general reference for aviation meteorology."

The information in the manual will help pilots and flight planners to prepare safe and economic flight plans, recognise hazardous weather conditions, determine the location and time when hazardous weather is most likely, identify signs of deteriorating weather and gain a healthy respect for the changeable nature of the atmosphere.

The manual focuses on weather conditions that can be found around Australia, and more generally, in the southern hemisphere.

As well as being a resource for anyone studying for various aviation qualifications, the manual should also provide the reader with a basic knowledge of atmospheric variations that affect aircraft and pilot performance.

Dr Stone said that "The information in the manual is designed to stimulate pilot interest in more than the basics of aviation meteorology, and so contribute to safer and more enjoyable flying."

Media enquiries:
Office of Dr Stone: Andrew Cox [Mobile 0408057226]
Bureau of Meteorology: Dr Ray Canterford, Assistant Director (Weather and Ocean Services) 03 9669 4087

21 January 2003

Commonwealth of Australia