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Unauthorised meteorological activities to attract fine, jail term

28 Sep 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a warning against engaging in meteorological activities without obtaining approval of the competent authority. Violators are liable to imprisonment of up to three years, and fined between RO15,000 and RO50,000.

The authority clarified that meteorological activities comprise of all the competencies of the Directorate General of Meteorology, such as providing and marketing meteorological services, providing early warning services from multiple risks, monitoring weather conditions and preparing reports and warnings.

Meteorological activities include performing weather forecasting and analysis using products ranging from remote sensing models to digital weather forecasting models, collecting and analysing weather statistical data, and conducting research on weather and climate.

The authority stated that these activities include cooperation and coordination with the World Meteorological Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and other relevant organisations to keep pace with the latest standards and proposed practices to track general weather conditions and aviation.

Additionally, these activities include managing meteorological projects and maintaining meteorological devices and systems, managing the meteorological services budget, and overseeing the billing of meteorological services.

CAA pointed out that Article 30 of the Civil Aviation Law prohibits the practice of civil aviation activities, air navigation and meteorology services without the approval of the competent authority.

‘Whoever violates this article will be punished with imprisonment for a period not less than one year and not exceeding three years, and a fine of not less than RO15,000 and not more than RO50,000,’ the authority stated.

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