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).
The new service will run in parallel with the existing service until 25 May 2017, when the old service is planned to be decommissioned.
The Bureau seeks industry feedback to determine if there are any reservations to ceasing the old phone service:
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.