2 Self- Briefing Procedures Weather AwarenessBig picture, what’s the general weather along your route.Look outsideLook at the weather on the TVGet the big picture from your home computer
3 Self Briefing cont. Are you ready to fly this mission? - Are you qualified to fly in these conditions?- Do you have the experience to take on this mission?- Are you physically capable?- Are you mentally ready?
4 Things you need to know What type of aircraft Limits of aircraft Proposed flight levelTake off and destination forecastHazards enrouteWinds enrouteTime enroute
5 Weather information Current weather Surface analysis Weather depiction Radar summarySatelliteMETARS along routePireps
6 Weather Information Cont. Forecast WeatherTAFS for takeoff and departureProg charts valid for flight timeHazard forecast valid for flight timeHazards at your flight levelDiscussion bulletins that apply to your route of flight
7 Alternates and Flight Paths An Alternate is used if the weather at your destination is not suitable for landing.Winds are too strong or creating too much of a crosswindThunderstorms/severe weather are over the fieldVisibilities are below pilot’s/plane’s minimum capabilitiesCeiling is too lowRunway is icy or snow covered
19 Aviation Weather Center Good for aviation weather hazards; good satellite access; icing and turbulence information; pilot reports; some manual forecast graphics; access to experimental aviation hazard products (ADDS); lacks model data; lacks public weather
27 HOURLY WEATHER GRAPHTake off dataRunwayCross windsChance ofPrecip
28 NCAR-RAP http://www.rap.ucar.edu/weather Aviation oriented web page; forecast model graphics are useful aviation planning (clouds, winds, etc); has links to other related weather web sites.Vertical profile data (Skew-T/Log P)
29 Using the ADDS Flight Planning Tool Go toClick on Java Tools
30 Launch new FPT (Flight Path Tool) Select your flight altitude
31 Click on Configure and Identify the items you want displayed
33 Creating a cross sectional view Click on airplane button on left side.Place cursor on starting location and left click (should put a 1 on that location)Move your mouse to your destination and left click (should put a 2 on that location)Continue to all your destinationsWhen complete right click and click on show cross-section.
35 Cross section cont. This should display a cross section view. It will always have your starting destination on the left side.Along the bottom you will find all the information you requested by rolling over the points
37 METARS/TAFSMETAR is Meteorological Terminal Aviation Routine Weather ReportIt is the observation of current conditionsBy the time it is online it is old informationTAF is Terminal Airdrome ForecastProvide a forecast of weather conditions at an airport for the next 6-24 hours.
40 Forecasting toolsGreat aviation tool for looking up to 63 hrs into futureFlight restriction probabilitiesCeiling and cloud topsLow level wind shearIcing potential up to FL 240Turbulence potential FL 180 and higherPrecip probabilityFog probability