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Pilots should check weather conditions for safe flights

August 24, 2010, 11:52 pm

Flying in a variety of weather conditions is a skill that some pilots take more easily to than others. Learning to fly in poor weather, in particular, is something that some pilots hone only after gaining experience.

The Federal Aviation Administration says pilots should look into weather conditions before taking off. Given the variety of weather information sources, the FAA notes that sometimes figuring out when and where one should look for forecasts can be a challenge.

Even though there are a variety of options available for pilots, the tried and true Flight Service Station weather briefing is still considered by some the most comprehensive source of information for general aviation pilots.

Internet sources can be valuable tools as well for researching weather conditions. The Weather Channel, for example, provides weather data for up to 10 days in advance. The FAA notes that TWC also has a color-coded map for for instrument flight rules and marginal visual flight rules.

In additional to the aforementioned sources, many companies now offer programs that can be downloaded to smartphones.

Regardless of the method used, researching weather conditions is one way pilots can help ensure that their flight is a safe one.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19930432-ADNFCR

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