Implementation of Automated Meteorological Information Exchange


Feb. '17OngoingSep. '24

Implementing Partners

AirNav Ireland
Leader: AirNav Ireland
Met Eireann
Contributor: Met Eireann


This joint Implementation Project between the IAA (Irish Aviation Authority) and Met Éireann will upgrade and automate the existing Meteorological (Met) data exchange for the provision of Air Traffic Services (ATS) at Dublin (DUB), Shannon (SNN) & Cork (ORK) airports driven by the requirements of the AF5 of the Deployment Programme (DP). This Implementation project will:

Automate all weather observing sensor readings at Met Éireann locations and distribute the real-time information based on the yellow SWIM (System Wide Information Management) Profile to aviation stakeholders (Air Traffic Control (ATC), airport authorities, airlines). Met Éireann will be responsible for the sensor automation and IAA will be responsible for display and alert processing. Both parties will agree on a SWIM compliant format for data distribution. At present the existing met observations for wind, pressure & visibility are manually observed and manually entered and recorded. These readings are then transmitted to the ATS (Air Traffic Services) Units along with significant trend information. The IAA and Met Eireann need to replace existing legacy systems, and introduce a solution that will automate the entire data chain from sensor input to ATC display to meet the requirements of the DP including:
Meteorological information supporting Aerodrome ATC & Airport Landside process or aids involving the relevant MET information,
Meteorological information supporting En-Route/Approach ATC process or aids involving the relevant MET information The Met Éireann element will automate the existing sensor reading and data input,
Information messages and significant trend information will be made available to ATS units in real time.
The IAA displays the data enriched with alerts and notifications, which will inform controllers of changes and raise alerts/warnings in the event of significant changes. The key to the successful implementation of this Implementation Project will be message distribution, ensuring the data formats are in WXXM/iWXXM (initial Weather Information Exchange Model) formats in accordance with SWIM profile requirements, Met Eireann will be responsible for the sensor automation and processing, the IAA will retain responsibility for Data Display and alerting.

Develop and verify systems for generating, disseminating, collecting and visualising standard meteorological forecast products (i.e. Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF), Meteorological Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR), Special Weather Report (SPECI), Significant Meteorological Phenomena SIGMET, warnings) that are iWXXM/iSWIM compliant is also included. Develop and implement a database to archive meteorological data, to develop and test web services to make the iSWIM/iWXXM compliant Meteorological information accessible to aviation users (including for the purposes of pilot briefing).

Countries involved

Additional Information

  • Project Type: Air Navigation Service Provider
  • CEF Call Year: 2016
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: Yes
  • Main AF: AF5 - Initial System Wide Information Management
  • Sub AF: S-AF 5.4 - Meteorological information exchange
  • Progress Percentage: 89%