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33rd Issue

 

Pilot's Corner

Windshear and Turbulence on 5 March 2015

Windshear and Turbulence on 5 March 2015

The arrival of an intense, late-season northeast monsoon on 5 March 2015 resulted in 64 reports of significant windshear by landing/departing aircraft at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the highest number received by the Observatory within a day...

Enhancement to Medium-level Significant Weather Chart

Enhancement to Medium-level Significant Weather Chart

The medium level (FL100-250) significant weather chart covering China and Southeast Asia region issued by Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) is available 6 hours earlier than before since 19 May 2015...

Early issuance of Weather Forecast for Local Aviation

Early issuance of Weather Forecast for Local Aviation

Commencing on 19 May 2015, the Airport Meteorological Office issues the Weather Forecast for Local Aviation 30 minutes earlier at 9 am every morning...

 

Latest Development

Observatory's latest developments

Observatory's latest developments

The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Shun Chi-ming, spoke on the weather outlook for this year and the latest climate change projection, as well as the Observatory's upcoming initiatives...

HKIA Weather Information Dissemination through Twitter: Weather-related NOTAM

HKIA Weather Information Dissemination through Twitter: Weather-related NOTAM

Starting from 1 December 2014, whenever a weather related NOTAM related to Hong Kong is received by the Observatory, for example, “arriving traffic for Hong Kong International Airport are to expect up to 30 minutes delay due to weather in the terminal area...

New Forecast Space Cross Section Chart

New Forecast Space Cross Section Chart

The forecast space cross section charts in AMIDS were enhanced from 10 April 2015 to include additional routes between Hong Kong (VHHH) to and from Bangkok/Suvarnabhumi Int’l (VTBS), Incheon (RKSI) and Narita Int’l (RJAA)...

Flight Specific SIGMET

Flight Specific SIGMET

To raise the situational awareness on meteorological conditions along the planned flight route, a new product "Flight specific SIGMET" has been put on trial in AMIDS under [Flight Planning] --> [Flight specific SIGMET] since 10 April 2015...

Space Weather Alerts in Force

Space Weather Alerts in Force

Space weather alerts in force have been made available on AMIDS since 10 April 2015. To heighten users’ awareness to the space weather condition, the latest alerts, including geomagnetic storm alert, solar radiation storm alert and radio blackout alert...

Brothers Point Terminal Doppler Weather Radar Provides Windshear Alerts for the Hong Kong International Airport

Brothers Point Terminal Doppler Weather Radar Provides Windshear Alerts for the Hong Kong International Airport

The Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) at Brothers Point (Figure 1) took over from the aged radar at Tai Lam Chung to be the main radar facility for detecting windshear near the Hong Kong International Airport from 28 April 2015 onwards...

New dual-polarization Doppler weather radar at Tate’s Cairn

New dual-polarization Doppler weather radar at Tate’s Cairn

The Hong Kong Observatory commissioned a new dual-polarization Doppler weather radar to replace the old single polarization radar at Tate’s Cairn in early 2015...

 

Collaboration

The Observatory and Meteo-France sign MOU to mark closer ties

The Observatory and Meteo-France sign MOU to mark closer ties

The Hong Kong Observatory and Meteo-France signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 24 March 2015 on closer co-operation between the two organisations...

The Chief Executive Officer of Cathay Pacific Airways visited the Observatory

The Chief Executive Officer of Cathay Pacific Airways visited the Observatory

The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ivan Chu, and General Manager Operations, Captain Mark Hoey, of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited visited the Observatory on 31 March 2015...

 

Education and Training

Pilots from Cathay Pacific Airways Limited visited the Hong Kong Observatory

Pilots from Cathay Pacific Airways Limited visited the Hong Kong Observatory

A group of pilots from Cathay Pacific Airways Limited visited the Hong Kong Observatory on 6 March 2015, a rare chance for them to see the instruments even though they might come across a lot of meteorological reports...

Refresher lectures to local aviators

Refresher lectures to local aviators

Every year, to better prepare for the coming rain and typhoon season, HKO delivered a series of refresher lectures to our aviation users and partners. Tailored lectures were given to the local aviators of the general aviation community...

General weather briefings for the aviation community

General weather briefings for the aviation community

Weather briefings were arranged for staff of Jet Aviation and Hong Kong Business Aviation Center (HKBAC) on 3 March 2015 and 5 May 2015 respectively to give them a deeper understanding of the products and services...

Briefing on HKO Aviation Weather Services

Briefing on HKO Aviation Weather Services

The Observatory conducted its annual Briefing on Aviation Weather Services on 13 March 2015 at the Auditorium of the CAD Headquarters...

 

ICAO/WMO Meeting Papers contributed by HKO

Eighteenth Meeting of the Meteorology Sub-Group (MET SG/18) of APANPIRG
ICAO Regional Sub-Office, Beijing, China, 18 – 21 August 2014

Information Papers:

 

Fifth Meeting of the Asia/Pacific Meteorological Hazards Task Force (MET/H TF/5)
Seoul, Republic of Korea, 18 – 20 March 2015

Working Papers:

Information Papers:

 

ICAO/WMO Asia/Pacific Meteorology/Air Traffic Management (MET/ATM) Seminar and Fourth Meeting of the Asia/Pacific Meteorological Requirements Task Force (MET/R TF/4)
Tokyo, Japan, 29 June 2015 – 3 July 2015

Information Papers:

 

Nineteenth Meeting of the Meteorology Sub-Group (MET SG/19) of APANPIRG
Bangkok, Thailand, 3-6 August 2015

Working Papers:

Information Papers:

 

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