AIRMET (WA) is broadcasted for weather phenomena that potentially affects all
aircraft. For pilots of light aircraft, AIRMETs (acronym for "AIRman's
METeorological information) give valuable information about the following
conditions: moderate icing, moderate turbulence, sustained winds 30 knots or
greater at the surface, widespread area with a ceiling of less than 1,000 feet
and/or visibility less than 3 miles and extensive obscurement of mountains.
These are important to light aircraft, as they have limited flight capabilities
due to lack of equipment and/or instrumentation and less pilot flight
A sample AIRMET is shown below.
MIAP WAS 151900
AIRMET PAPA 2 VALID UNTIL 160100
FROM SAV TO JAX TO CTY TO TLH TO SAV
MDT TURBC BLO 100 EXPCD.
CONDS IPVG AFT 160000Z
Line 1 Miami AIRMET issued on the 15th day of the month at
Line 2 This AIRMET is the second one issued (PAPA 2) concerning
the weather phenomenon described in this report and is valid until the 16th day
of the month at 0100. (Note: The first report of a different weather hazard
would have been noted by OSCAR, with its second notice given the notation OSCAR
2. The first report of a weather hazard different from the first one would have
been labeled PAPA with its second notice given the notation PAPA 2.; The first
report of a weather hazard different from the first two would have been labeled
QUEBEC with its second notice given the notation QUEBEC 2.; that is alphabetical
order beginning with O-P-Q;
Line 3 This weather information is for
the Georgia and Florida area
Line 4 The area bounded by these cities:
Savanna, GA to Jacksonville, FL; to Tallahassee, FL to Savannah, GA.
5 Moderate (MDT) turbulence (TURBC) below 10,000 feet expected
6 With conditions improving after the 16th day of the month 0000 Zulu