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Old 14th Jun 2019, 05:34
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METAR QNH

Why is METAR QNH, not acceptable for being used for instrument approaches, as per the ENR1.5-37.

I can understand in years gone by, when met observations were done manually at set times during the day and night.

With observers replaced by AWISís, and that information fed into the BOM computer system and then onto Air Services- the QNH should be reasonably accurate.


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Old 14th Jun 2019, 08:02
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Could be up to 30 minutes old is my guess.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 10:34
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A "Valid QNH" Must be from a spoken source and is valid for 15 minutes. AWS, ATIS and Observers report the QNH At that exact time (hence why it is valid for 15 mins from then), where as the METAR, as Aerocat said, Can be up to 30 minutes old.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 10:59
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What if we changed METARs to being issued every 15mins. Or is that too logical?
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Nope. You might be listening to a 14 minute old observation thatís about to change.
ďAn actual aerodrome QNH obtained from an approved source is valid for a period of 15 minutes from the time of receipt.Ē
You would have to regulate that the reduced minima is only available until the end of each quarter hour when you must either get a new forecast, listen to the AERIS (if it covers that aerodrome) again, or ask flightwatch for another update. Easier to just listen to the AWIS and note the time.
Interesting to note an Approved Meteorological Observer isnít on the list...
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And the AWIS could change a minute after I got itís QNH. No real difference.

I am sure there is a safe, logical way to be able to implement use of METAR QNH.
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A "Valid QNH" Must be from a spoken source and is valid for 15 minutes.
...and that spoken source got the information from the AWIS in the first place. It is still more accurate than an area QNH.
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Originally Posted by Car RAMROD View Post
And the AWIS could change a minute after I got it’s QNH. No real difference.

I am sure there is a safe, logical way to be able to implement use of METAR QNH.
You won’t find a 2 HPa difference occurring one minute after your last AWIS receipt. Keep in mind over a 30 minute period, a 2 HPa difference will trigger a SPECI, but you still can’t legally use it.

It is still more accurate than an area QNH.
ANYTHING is more accurate than an area QNH...lol
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