Course detail

Aeronautical Meteorology

FSI-OLMAcad. year: 2017/2018

Applied meteorology dealing with meteorological elements and phenomena and their impact on aircraft and air-traffic. Meteo-servis and meteo-forecast and reports for practical flying.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The understanding of atmospheric processes. Gaining thorough knowledge of meteorological information and its application to different kinds of flight.


The basics of thermodynamics, mathematical and regional geography.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BENEŠ, L.: Učebnice pilota: aerodynamika, letecká meteorologie, letecká navigace, GPS, letadla, ... 2., opr. vyd. Cheb: Svět křídel, 2000. ISBN 80-85280-30-2.
Great Britain. Meteorological Office: Handbook of aviation meteorology. London: H.M. Stationery Off., 1960. (EN)
ENGLAND, J., ULBRICHT, H.: Flugmeteorologie. Berlin, Transpress-Verlag für Verkehrswesen, 1980. Luftfahrt-Handbücher.
LEXMANN, E.: Meteorológia pre športového pilota. 2. dopl. vyd. Bratislava: Alfa, 1989. Edícia dopravnej literatúry.
DVOŘÁK, P.: Letecká meteorologie, 2. vydání. Cheb: Svět křídel, 2010. ISBN isbn978-80-8680-885-7.
NEDELKA, M.: Prehľad leteckej meteorológie. Bratislava: Alfa, 1984.
Great Britain. Meteorological Office: Handbook of aviation meteorology. London: H.M. Stationery Off., 1960.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The written report is the condition for obtaining the course-unit credit. The examination has written and oral parts.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal is to familiarize students with the Earth’s atmosphere as the environment for aeronautical activity with the stress on dangerous meteorological events, which may influence the air traffic. Students will be informed in detail about the role of meteorology in the security of civil air traffic.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Lectures and exercises are compulsory, and the attendance (80% at the minimum) is recorded. The absence (in justifiable cases) can be compensated by personal consultation with the lecturer and elaboration of individually assigned topics and exercises. Individual tasks must be finished and handed in the week course-unit credits are awarded, at the latest.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-LPR , 1. year of study, summer semester, 8 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



52 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Tasks of aeronautical meteorology. Its sources and utilisation in aviation.
2. Evolution of aeronautical meteorology. Present day aeronautical meteorological service. International co-operation.
3. Composition and properties of the atmosphere. Meteorological elements and their influence on the operation of aircraft.
4. Solar radiation. Air temperature. Air humidity. Condensation, clouds.
5. Atmospheric precipitation, icing phenomena. Thunderstorms. Air convection and instability.
6. Air density and atmospheric pressure. Air circulation, wind. Turbulence.
7. Visibility. Air masses and atmospheric fronts.
8. Cyclones and anticyclones. Tropical cyclones.
9. Meteorological observation stations and networks. Distance measurement, aerology.
10. Aeronautical meteorological information, reports, warnings.
11. Surface and upper-air meteorological maps, thermodynamic diagrams, vertical cross-sections of the atmosphere.
12. Satellite and radar information. Aviation meteorological forecasts, briefings.
13. Aeronautical climatology, airport and flight path climatography.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Meteorological stations, their classification and apparatus equipment.
2. Measurement of meteorological elements at airports and in the field.
3. Meteorological reporting, and codes.
4. Surface and upper-air synoptical maps.
5. Synoptical map analysis, significant-weather maps.
6. Composite radar information.
7. Meteorological satellite pictures.
8. Cloud classification. International cloud atlas.
9. Cloud classification. International cloud album for observers in aeroplanes.
10. Icing phenomena in aviation.
11. Aeronautical meteorological documentation.
12. Types of aeronautical meteorological reports.
13. Aviation meteorological forecasts.