The Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network is not only used to transfer flight plan data, it is also used to transfer meteorological data. METARs, TAFs and SIGMETs may be requested from the Meteorological Database held at Belgocontrol in Brussels. Follow the steps below to request Meteorological data.
EBBRYZYXinto the first Addressees box.
RQM(Request Met) into the message body followed by:
/SAto request a METAR
/FCto request a 9-hour TAF
/FTto request a 24- or 30-hour TAF
/WSto request all SIGMETs for the specified FIRs
These requests may be combined into one message in the following format:
Requesting a 9-hour TAF (
FC) or a 24/30-hour TAF (
from an aerodrome that doesn't issue them (e.g. Heathrow only
issues 30-hour TAFs) will return a response of unknown.