Ensure that Met Observers can provide both a pre-flight weather report issued before Take-off and a radio message detailing the current weather on the helideck.
StormGeo can provide courses at customer locations on request.
The course ensures that Met Observers can provide accurate weather reports to the standards necessary to ensure the safety of helicopter operations.
We are continuing to fine-tune the information we receive and combining it with other hydrodynamics and power management data to even better predict vessel movement. Supporting helicopter logistics is also an option as well. What is clear to us so far, however, is that the forecasting system provides significant potential for operators.Captain Suffield
Meteorological Observer Training in support of offshore helicopter operations
StormGeo is a certified provider of CAP 437 training for Offshore Meteorological Observers. This includes the full two-day Observer Course, an online Refresher Course and a classroom taught one-day Refresher.
Over the past six years, StormGeo has trained a considerable number of offshore observers in the UK and worldwide. Our flexibility and pool of expert trainers have led us to become the leading CAP 437 Observer training provider. The courses offered are:
Classroom training is being provided in accordance with strict COVID-19 guidelines and Government advice, more details and documentation are available and are provided on receipt of a course booking.
The course objective will be to ensure that Met Observers will be capable of providing both a pre-flight weather report issued before take-off and on request, a radio message detailing the current weather on the helideck.
The training consists of a two-day course. The detailed course timetable is shown here.
Training will be given to ensure the specified information is provided in these reports, using the correct terminology and reporting increments.
Information from automated sensors will be used to compile the weather reports. Training will be carried out to enable the Met Observer to visually evaluate the visibility, present weather, cloud amounts, height of cloud bases, and presence of significant convective clouds (TCU and CB). Trainee Met Observers will be provided with information detailing the limitations of automated weather observations that are used for meteorological observations, this includes understanding the limitations of using automated weather observations that may have been made within a 10-mile radius and the importance of ensuring local conditions are being accurately reported.
Tuition will be provided to assist Met Observers in providing reports from contingency Met observing equipment, which require the manual measurement of pressure, air and dew point temperatures, wind speed and direction. The reporting increments, terminology and other policies relating to the reporting of weather conditions from offshore structures will be aligned with the METAR code as detailed in CAP 746 Meteorological Observations at Aerodromes (Chapter 4 METAR structure and UK coding rules).
Courses at StormGeo's office, Westhill, Aberdeenshire: Individual Price GBP 595 plus VAT. Includes training costs, training notes, certificates, lunch and tea & coffee.
CAP 437 is now being adopted in many countries and StormGeo can provide courses at customer locations (nationally and internationally) on request. The participant rate is the same as the individual price plus an additional charge to cover the travel and subsistence costs of the trainers. The customer is to provide the venue, lunches and refreshments.
For individual bookings, a minimum number of 8 participants are required for a course to run. Cancellations made at least four weeks before the course date will not be charged for. Cancellations less than four weeks and at least one week before the course will be charged at 50% of the course. The course fee will be charged for cancellations less than one week before the course. All prices exclude VAT.
StormGeo provides refresher training either online or via a one- day taught refresher.
The course is designed to refresh the Met Observers training certificate and ensure that they continue to be capable of providing both a pre-flight weather report issued before take-off, and on request, a radio message detailing the current weather on the helideck.
The refresher training takes the participants, who have completed a full two-day training course, through a series of modules and test questions related to key aspects already covered as part of their original training including; wind, visibility, present weather, cloud, temperature, pressure and sea state.
For the Online Refresher, participants complete a set of practice questions within each of the modules, during which they are referred to relevant sections of the original course material. This allows them to refresh their knowledge of the original course. On finishing the online course modules, participants are required to complete a test comprising a number of questions on the sections they have revised. On successful completion of the refresher course test, answers are reviewed by the course training team at StormGeo and refresher certificate is issued to the participant. The certificate is valid for two years.
Each refresher online license costs GBP 310 plus VAT.
For more detailed information on our CAP 437 courses, see the pdf files below.