The six sections of an ATIS broadcast

There are four portions of an ATIS broadcast, and it helps to be able to distinguish between the different portions. This broadcast will be our example from an ATIS published at London Gatwick Airport (EGKK):

London Gatwick Airport, ATIS information ALPHA, time 0044 ZULU, Wind 070 at 7, Visibility 6, Temperature 13, Dew Point 5, QNH 1015. Remarks, no pattern work allowed, straight out departures only, Landing runway 08L and 08R, Departing runway 08L and 08R. Notams, event in progress, expect delays. Advise on initial contact, you have information ALPHA.

Now we’ll break down this broadcast into sections:

1. London Gatwick Airport, ATIS information ALPHA, time 0044 ZULU
This section states the airport, ATIS information, and time in ZULU time that the ATIS was published.

2. Wind 070 at 7, Visibility 6, Temperature 13, Dew Point 5, QNH 1015
This is the weather information observed from the METARs at the time the ATIS was published. For reference this was the METAR information at the time this ATIS was published:

EGKK 212020Z 08007ZKT CAVOK 13/05 Q1015

3. Remarks, no pattern work allowed, straight out departures only
These remarks can vary and change so this section is one you really have to keep an eye on. The controller manually picks which remarks need are added and they may change with each update of the ATIS.

4. Landing runway 08L and 08R, Departing runway 08L and 08R.

5. Notams, event in progress, expect delays.
The Notice to Airmen is an alert to aircraft of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight.

6. Advise on initial contact, you have information ALPHA.
Just restating the current ATIS information.

Once you are able distinguish between those sections you may find it easier to comprehend the information and it may make it easier for you to anticipate when specific information will be said when you tune in.