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How to Read a TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast)

How to Read a TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast)

For all the new pilots wondering how to read a TAF, you are not alone. Pull up a terminal aerodrome forecast, and you will quickly realize that the entire thing is written using codes or acronyms that must be deciphered and decoded. The good news is that TAFs and METARs use many of the same abbreviations, so once you learn one, the other will be much easier and quicker to grasp.

Scud Running: Reasons Why You Should Be Wary of Doing It

Scud Running: Reasons Why You Should Be Wary of Doing It

What in the world is “scud running?” If you are asking this question you are not alone. It may sound like something a Tusken Raider would do in a Star Wars landspeeder, but human pilots have been known to engage in scud running their rotary and fixed wing aircraft with mixed results.