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• Reports and forecasts of adverse
conditions
• If a visual flight rules flight is not
recommended
• A synopsis, which is a brief description
of the weather
• The current weather conditions
• An en route forecast
• A destination forecast
• The winds aloft forecast
• Notices to airmen
Obtaining the current weather as well
as forecasts helps you see how the weather
is expected to work out. For example, if
the current weather at your destination
airport is low ceilings with rain showers,
the synopsis might tell you that a weak
cold front is moving across the airport now
and is expected to have moved on, leaving clearing skies by the time you expect
to arrive. If a front or other potentially
troublesome weather isn’t moving toward
your planned route, you should be safe
to take off.
If you aren’t ready to take off for more
than an hour or so after your briefing,
you should obtain an update right before
departure. Call a flight service station at
800-WX-BRIEF (992-7433) and ask for an
update briefing. If the forecast is still for
conditions to be good when you expect to
arrive, go ahead and take off.
On the way you should be alert to any
signs that the weather might not be working out as forecast. For example, if the
winds aloft are not what was forecast, it
could be a sign that other parts of the forecast might also turn out to be wrong.
If you have any question once you are in
the air you can radio Flight Watch on 122.0
MHz, or flight service on one of the other
frequencies listed on aeronautical charts,
and ask for a weather update. Even if you
have no particular reason to think the forecast might be wrong, it’s a good idea to call
Flight Watch for a weather update when
you still have time to turn around or land
elsewhere if the weather isn’t cooperating
with your plans.
Jack Williams is an instrument-rated private pilot.
His latest book is The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate
Guide to America’s Weather.

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Flight Training - March 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - March 2013

Flight Training - March 2013
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Letters
Not What It Appears
After the Checkride
How It Works
ASI News Action
Training Products
Since You Asked
Member Products Final Exam
Checkride
Flight Lesson
Flying Carpet
The "S" Word
Women With Wings
Problem Solver
Technique
Weather
Aviation's Glass Ceiling
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Juggling the Airplane
The Known to the Unknown
You're Not Done Yet
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flight Training - March 2013
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover2
Flight Training - March 2013 - 1
Flight Training - March 2013 - Contents
Flight Training - March 2013 - 3
Flight Training - March 2013 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - March 2013 - 5
Flight Training - March 2013 - Right Seat
Flight Training - March 2013 - 7
Flight Training - March 2013 - Letters
Flight Training - March 2013 - 9
Flight Training - March 2013 - Not What It Appears
Flight Training - March 2013 - 11
Flight Training - March 2013 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - March 2013 - How It Works
Flight Training - March 2013 - ASI News Action
Flight Training - March 2013 - Training Products
Flight Training - March 2013 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - March 2013 - 17
Flight Training - March 2013 - Member Products Final Exam
Flight Training - March 2013 - Checkride
Flight Training - March 2013 - 20
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - March 2013 - 23
Flight Training - March 2013 - The "S" Word
Flight Training - March 2013 - 25
Flight Training - March 2013 - 26
Flight Training - March 2013 - 27
Flight Training - March 2013 - Women With Wings
Flight Training - March 2013 - 29
Flight Training - March 2013 - 30
Flight Training - March 2013 - 31
Flight Training - March 2013 - 32
Flight Training - March 2013 - 33
Flight Training - March 2013 - Problem Solver
Flight Training - March 2013 - 35
Flight Training - March 2013 - 36
Flight Training - March 2013 - 37
Flight Training - March 2013 - Technique
Flight Training - March 2013 - 39
Flight Training - March 2013 - Weather
Flight Training - March 2013 - 41
Flight Training - March 2013 - 42
Flight Training - March 2013 - Aviation's Glass Ceiling
Flight Training - March 2013 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - March 2013 - 45
Flight Training - March 2013 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - March 2013 - Juggling the Airplane
Flight Training - March 2013 - The Known to the Unknown
Flight Training - March 2013 - You're Not Done Yet
Flight Training - March 2013 - 50
Flight Training - March 2013 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - March 2013 - Debrief
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover3
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover4
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