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AWOS vs ASOS: What You Should Know

AWOS vs ASOS: What You Should Know 0

You are planning your flight and need to check surface weather conditions at your destination airport. But which system do you use? AWOS? ASOS? What is the difference between the two and how do you know which system an airport is using?

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AIRMET vs SIGMET: Everything You Need to Know (Guide)

AIRMET vs SIGMET: Everything You Need to Know (Guide) 0

Pilots count on accurate and timely weather data to make informed decisions both before and during their flights. Good pilots never go anywhere without checking and rechecking the weather. It may be clear and calm on the ground, but we know that things could look much different en-route, especially during a long cross-country flight. AIRMETs and SIGMETs are important tools during the flight planning process and while underway. Think of them as the aviation version of the local weather report and the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) used on TV and radio to alert citizens of severe weather conditions on the ground.
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Types of AIRMETs: Complete Guide on These 3 Conditions

Types of AIRMETs: Complete Guide on These 3 Conditions 0

As a responsible human being and pilot, before you commit to a flight, you naturally will want to check the weather. An AIRMET is one of the sources that pilots use to gather the meteorological information needed for flight planning and decision making.

How to Read METAR Aviation Reports (Complete Guide)

How to Read METAR Aviation Reports (Complete Guide) 0

One of the skills pilots must learn and excel at is meteorology. It is important to be adept at reading weather reports and forecasts then using them to make informed flight decisions. There are multiple reports to consult, and METARs are one of the primary sources for current weather information. Learning how to read a METAR is a key part of being a safe pilot.

How to Read a TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast)

How to Read a TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast) 0

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 0

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.