The sky’s the limit
We all do it, but to Phoebe De Wilt discussing the weather is more than just a way to pass time with a stranger.
- Role: Aviation Forecaster
- Organisation: Bureau of Meteorology
- LinkedIn: Phoebe De Wilt
- University of Adelaide degree: Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics)
As an aviation forecaster, her take on the weather guides thousands of travellers and pilots to a safe landing.
After finishing high school with a keen interest in space and physical sciences, Phoebe studied the Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics) and saw it as an opportunity to learn it all.
She now provides meteorological forecasts for airports and areas all over NSW and the ACT, and has daily conversations with pilots and air traffic controllers about the impact of weather on flights.
Join us for her conversation with presenter Sarah Davidson as she talks about her love of science; why she is happy to have let go of her childhood dream to travel to space; and the study pathway that has led her to be in her element.
“We are all scientists. We are all walking through this life looking at things around us, observing what’s going on, and that’s what science is.”Phoebe De Wilt - Aviation Meteorologist, Bureau of Meteorology
- Learn more about the Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics) at the University of Adelaide.
- See what researchers at University of Adelaide are doing in the fields of space and atmospheric physics and high-energy astrophysics and extreme astronomy.
- Check out the Bureau of Meteorology Aviation Weather Services website to explore aeronautical meteorological observations; forecasts and warnings; and climate data.
- The BOM's aviation weather knowledge centre includes detail on processes and equipment; fact sheets about hazardous phenomena; and information about airports prone to specific weather events - such as cyclones, wind and volcanic ash.
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