Course detail

Aeronautical Meteorology

FSI-DLMAcad. year: 2020/2021

Applied meteorology is investigating meteorological elements and phenomena respecting their influence on aircraft traffic and technique. The course is focused on atmospheric characteristics and basic atmospheric phenomena, influencing the safeness, efficiency, operation, periodicity and comfort of aircraft traffic.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Obtaining theoretical knowledge of aircraft meteorology and the ability to use in practice the aircraft meteorological documentation, which is necessary for professional pilots in airway commerce.


The basics of thermodynamics, mathematical and regional geography.


Not applicable.

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 credit is necessary to be admitted to examinations. The examination is of written and oral form. Both parts are of equivalent value.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal is to familiarize students with meteorological conditions of each stages of flight and operation of airports. Students will be prepared for passing the ATPL (A) exam at CAA.

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

Lectures and exercises are compulsory, and the attendance (80% at the minimum) is controlled and 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 credit week at the latest.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Not applicable.

Recommended reading

H. M. Stationery Off.: Handbook of aviation meteorology, 1960. (EN)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PRP , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



52 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Aeronautical meteorology, its scientific sources, methods and tasks. Meteorological elements and phenomena, synoptical entities. Co-operation of IICAO and WMO.
2. Atmosphere as a space for aeronautical activity. Its chemical composition and structure, boundary layer and surface layer.
3. Main meteorological phenomena influencing aeronautical activity, their temporal and spatial distribution.
4. World and Czech meteorological monitoring network - meteorological, climatic, aerological and radar stations, and meteorological satellites.
5. Temperature, pressure and thermobarical fields. Standard isobarical levels and their relationship to flight levels.
6. Basic pressure systems, cyclones and anticyclones. Overall weather situation. Cyclones of tropical latitudes.
7. Wind in aviation - surface and upper wind. General circulation of the atmosphere, local circulation systems. Convection and turbulence, flight under conditions of turbulence.
8. Water in the atmosphere. Air moisture and condensation of water vapour. Atmospherical precipitation.
9. Cloudiness. Cloud origin and their classification. Determination of height of cloud base. Flight conditions in various clouds. Icing phenomena. Atmospheric electricity.
10. Meteorological visibility and runway visual range. Fogs, their origin, occurrence and classification. Lithometeors which decrease visibility.
11. Air masses and atmospherical fronts.
12. Aviation meteorological reports, forecasts and warnings.
13. Aviation meteorological service, briefing and documentation.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.-2. Distribution of meteorological elements with elevation.
3.-4. Temporal course of selected meteorological elements.
5.-6. Surface and upper-air weather charts.
7.-8. Description and analysis of surface pressure field.
9.-11. Aviation meteorological reports, international codes.
12. Excursion to a meteorological station.
13. Excursion to a meteorological radar station.
NB: Exercises are organised operatively to coincide with lecture topics, they partly have a character of individual student work, and partly a demonstration character.