GUTS

Since 2000, there have been 20 fatal accidents in New Zealand where the investigation has identified meteorological conditions as a contributing factor. These accidents have resulted in a total of 36 fatalities.

Since 2000, accidents — where weather was identified as a factor — accounted for:

  • 17% of fatal accidents and
  • 14% of total accidents.

As someone very wise once said, bad weather doesn't kill people, but bad weather-related decision-making does. In order to help you make better weather-related decisions we would like to suggest you get some GUTS.

GUTS stands for Gather, Understand, Think ahead and Self-review.

Gather

Gather as much information as you need to be well prepared for your flight. Don’t stop gathering information when you take off. In order to make great decisions you need all the appropriate information you can get.

Understand

Having all the information you can get your hands on won’t do you any good if you don’t understand it, or can’t filter it effectively.

This is particularly important with Met information, because it is rarely clear-cut.

Think ahead

Once you have the right information and you have processed it, you need to project it into the future to try and predict what will happen, and be prepared for all possible outcomes.

In this course we are going to show you how to take Met information and turn it into a picture representing the weather you could expect to see on your flight. You will be able to take that picture with you on your flight and compare your forecast with the actual conditions you encounter. That will help you do the next step….

Self-review

After the flight you will be able to take your prediction, compare it to the actual conditions and review the differences.

You should be able to easily identify the areas you need to investigate, and then figure out why they differed, so you can continually improve your Met knowledge.

We have a forum on this site where you can ask questions of our Met experts, if you really get stuck.

Invercargill

Above mean sea level

TCu

Towering Cumulus

agl

above ground level

Cb

Cumulonimbus

Flight Information Service communications

ATS

Air Traffic Service

Royal New Zealand Air Force

in vicinity of aerodrome Thunderstorm

ATC

Air Traffic Control

VC

in vicinity of aerodrome

Probabilityxx%

TIL

Until

FM

From

Becoming

Temporarily

Routine air report from aircraft in flight

FIR

Flight Information Region

Internet Flight Information Service

VFR

Visual flight rules

Automatic Terminal Information Service

BWR

Basic weather report

New Zealand Flight Information Region

Aerodrome special routine meteorological report

Automatic aerodrome routine meteorological report

Aerodrome routine meteorological report

TAF

Aerodrome forecast

Area forecast

Significant meteorological information