News

January 11, 2017

written by
Grant McHerron

Bureau of Meteorology releases improved Automated Weather Information Service (AWIS)

Background

The Bureau of Meteorology has introduced an improved Automated Weather Information Service (AWIS). The service has additional parameters and the format is aligned with ATIS. The new services is only available via phone and is accessible via a new set of phone numbers.

The new and old AWIS telephone numbers are tabled in AIP Supplement H173/16 (a 140kb PDF).

Click here to access the PDF

Situation

The new service will run in parallel with the existing service until 25 May 2017, when the old service is planned to be decommissioned.

Your feedback is required

The Bureau seeks industry feedback to determine if there are any reservations to ceasing the old phone service:

  • Feedback period: 4 January – 31 January 2017
  • Please send your feedback to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Subject: C-AWIS
  • Feedback: No reservations OR reservations , and providing comments if there are reservations
January 3, 2017

written by
Grant McHerron

Being Physically and Mentally Ready to Fly

The December 2016 issue of Aeronotes includes an article about CASA's recently released Pilot Wellbeing page on their website which addresses a very important pre-flight check: an honest appraisal of your physical & mental fitness to fly.

In today's hectic life it is not uncommon to encounter issues relating to fatigue, distractions, stress, hydration and so on. It is also important to ensure we are not flying while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (as per CAR 256 and its "8 hour rule," often paraphrased as "8 hours bottle to burner"). Identifying these various issues is important when assessing whether you should go flying as it is important to be mentally alert and physically capable through out your entire flight.

We recommend that you take the time to review CASA's Pilot Wellbeing web page and that you include an honest appraisal of your fitness to fly as part of your pre-inflation checklist.

You can access the CASA Pilot Wellbeing web page by clicking here.

You can access the CASA Sport Aviation portal by clicking here.