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plan and execute a series of shorter trips, updating
the plan at each stop."
That was a winning strategy for Jody J. Patterson,
who recalled flying from Moab, Utah, to Orlando,
Florida, as a relatively new pilot. "My friendly neighborhood CFIs just advised me to plan it like I was
flying from one airport to another," he said. "Worked
like a charm and relaxed many of my anxieties."
WEATHER WISDOM

Have a special
fly-in on your
must-see list? You
can get there, so
long as you are
flexible with your
schedule.

Weather is the primary driver behind your need to
be flexible. At the beginning of your pilot journey,
your weather minimums are lower and your understanding of forecasts is still developing. Without a
basic understanding of weather patterns and forecasts, on longer trips it is difficult to know what kind
of weather could be waiting for you at your destination. Or, you lack practical experience of correlating
weather theory with forecasts.
Gold Seal CFI Russell Still recommends improving
your understanding of weather reporting and forecasting. Many pilots will start looking at the weather seven
to 10 days out, but if you like to do this, remember:
You're going to be flexible. As the days wind down to
your planned departure, if conditions don't look like
they're going to align with your minimums, you will
consider departing a day in advance or a day later.
"I used to obsess about weather when I was a week
out from my planned departure date," said Georgia
pilot Karen Atkins. "Now I look 24 to 48 hours ahead,
and check again two to three hours prior, with an
abbreviated briefing just before taking off."
With enough time and fuel, you can skirt weather

you don't want to cozy up to, Atkins said. This is
especially true in the summer, when thunderstorms
can dictate much of a VFR pilot's flying activity.
Calling 122.2 MHz while you're in the air will put you
in touch with a flight service specialist who can help
you determine whether a line of thunderstorms along
your route can be avoided by diverting in another
direction. Remember that datalinked weather radar
from ADS-B or satellites, while helpful, can provide
delayed reporting, so don't try to thread the needle
between two storms. Give thunderstorms the wide
berth they command-20 nm is a good buffer zone
between your airplane and lightning, hail, updrafts,
downdrafts, and heavy precipitation.
EAA AirVenture usually takes place in late July in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin-a time of the year when storm
systems can run rampant from the Midwest to the
Northeast and encircle much of the South, as well. AirVenture might be a can't-miss event, but the weather
gods may hoot at you if you assume you'll be able to
depart on a specific day or time. (The 2020 event was
canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
In 2018, for example, a line of storms forced two
pilots from Maryland to fly as far south as Nashville,
Tennessee, to get around a line of storms over the
Appalachians; eventually the pilots got back on course
and made it to Wisconsin for a week of camping at AirVenture. "It was a great adventure," one of the pilots
said afterwards. "We were going for the experience. It
didn't really matter how long it took to get there." Now
that is a healthy mindset for any VFR pilot. FT
jill.tallman@aopa.org

FLIGHT FOLLOWING
Follow you, follow me

You've filed your flight plan, launched
into the great blue sky, and now all that
remains is for you to complete the first
(long) leg. The GPS shows a countdown of two hours, 38 minutes to your
destination. And suddenly you feel very
alone in the sky.
If this sounds intimidating rather
than peaceful, get on the radio. Contact an approach control facility or air
route traffic control center and ask for
VFR traffic advisories, more colloqui-

ally known as flight following. You'll be
asked to your N number, location-say,
where you are relative to a VOR or an
airport-type of aircraft, destination,
and route of flight. Workload permitting, ATC will ask you to squawk a
transponder code and, when they pick
you up on their radar, they will provide
radar targets-other airplanes-that
might conflict with you or your route
of flight. ATC can be a great weather
resource, as well. Ask them what they

see on radar, and they can tell you
what their radar paints as well as what
other pilots are reporting.
Now you can settle back, listen
to other radio conversations, and
perhaps relax a bit knowing that
someone is keeping an eye on you.
An added bonus: Eavesdropping on
the easy give-and-take between commercial pilots and ATC is a great way
to become more proficient at radio
communication. -JWT



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