TAF Review

Bureau releases TAF review final report

Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau) has undertaken a review of the provision of aerodrome forecasts (TAFs) in Australia, in response to:

  • requests from aviation industry for the Bureau to review its aviation weather services; and
  • a quality management requirement to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

The purpose of this review was to determine the current and future needs of the aviation industry, and to make recommendations relating to the provision and categorisations of TAFs—including guidelines for the introduction, modification and cancellation of TAF services.

The review commenced in 2009 and involved considerable consultation with the aviation industry. In December 2012 we released a draft report for industry comment. During a three month comment period, we received more than 50 submissions from airport owners and operators, airlines, industry bodies, government agencies and members of parliament.

A review committee and a working group were established—each comprising representatives from Airservices Australia (Airservices), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DoIRD) and the Bureau—to formally review the issues identified in submissions and revise the draft report and recommendations as necessary. We have developed an implementation plan in consultation with Airservices, CASA and DoIRD based on the recommendations from the TAF Review.

The TAF review final report and implementation plan were presented to, and agreed by, industry representatives at an extraordinary Bureau-Industry Consultative Group meeting in Brisbane on 27 August 2014. The project has now progressed into an implementation phase with most changes occurring on 5 March 2015, providing industry time to adapt to the changes.

A copy of the TAF review final report, implementation plan and a document which summarises the changes between the draft and final versions of the TAF review report can be downloaded from the following links:

TAF Review Final Report (1115 KB) − updated 9 Sep 2014

TAF Review Implementation Plan (581 KB) − updated 9 Sep 2014

Changes to TAF Review Report following industry feedback (851 KB) − updated 9 Sep 2014

Q&A and Contact Details

A detailed Questions & Answers (Q&A) document is also available which provides answers to many questions related to the TAF Review is available for download from the following link:

TAF Review Q&A (777 KB) − updated 9 Sep 2014

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