TAF

The TAF (AFTN codes FC or FT) is an aerodrome forecast issued at regular intervals. The duration of the forecast is between 9 and 24 hours. TAFs valid for less than 12 hours are issued every 3 hours and those valid for more than 12 hours are issued every 6 hours.

TAF is the international term used to indicate the code for an aerodrome forecast. They follow the same format as METARs but may include such Items as forecast temperatures, icing conditions and turbulence. They are updated every three hours and are generally accurate for three hours. An amended TAF carries the prefix AMD.

FORMAT

EXAMPLE:

TAF FADN 160600Z 160918 17012KT 9999 FEW020 BCMG 1214 12015KT TEMPO 1518 BKNOI5 TX29/I2Z/TNI2/18Z

TAF – AERODROME FORECAST

DECODE

Given that the format and codes used In TAF messages are the same as those used for METARs, only those additional elements which are pertinent to TAF messages will be explained in this section.

The code name TAF Is normally Included at the beginning at the message, but where a bulletin is issued which contains more than one report the code name is only included in the first line.

TAF – AERODROME FORECAST

DECODE

Given that the format and codes used In TAF messages are the same as those used for METARs, only those additional elements which are pertinent to TAF messages will be explained in this section.

The code name TAF Is normally Included at the beginning at the message, but where a bulletin is issued which contains more than one report the code name is only included in the first line.

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