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METAR and TAF Manual

Before any flight the pilot in command is required to obtain and interpret actual and forecast weather. These are available in TAF (forecast) and METAR (actual) reports.

Reading these reports isn't very difficult. It takes some time to be able to read these encrypted abbreviations but you will get used to it very quickly. The manual below will help you with that learning process.

End of 2008 (Nov, 5) saw a number of changes made to the TAF format.

Eurocontrol METAR and TAF Manual

Annex to Eurocontrol Guidance Note 4 describing changes to the Aerodrome forecast - TAF on the first page. Page 2 shows an example of an Aerodrome actual weather - METAR and SPECI report. With time you should be able to read these with ease.

To continue reading see the pdf below:

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