Even if you have attended a prior workshop offered by AvWxWorkshops.com, you won't want to miss this one. Weather Essentials for Pilots contains all new material that includes a full day of integrating weather guidance using real preflight planning scenarios. The focus will be on learning how to minimize your exposure to adverse weather while gaining the most utility from your aircraft. The workshop will be organized loosely into two parts, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Training on Sunday is presented through the use of preflight planning scenarios using pertinent weather data archived within the Internet Wx Brief Roadmap. If you are not a member of AvWxWorkshops.com or your membership has expired, you will be given a temporary guest Wx Brief account to use while you are attending the workshop.
For more information about this workshop, please read this overview and review the workshop FAQs prior to registering.
Informal pre-workshop discussion begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday
This part of the workshop is optional. The workshop will open with an informal Q & A session for those that wish to attend. Feel free to come prior to 10 a.m. if you want to ask any weather-related questions that does not have to be directly related to the workshop. Also during this time a demo of AvWxWorkshops.com will be offered. This will give members and non-members the opportunity to ask questions about how to get the most from AvWxWorkshops.com, your best online source for aviation weather education.
Saturday session begins promptly at 10 a.m. with lunch around noon
Weather Essentials for Pilots - Before any pilot can understand the impact the weather has on a particular flight, you must understand how to properly utilize various weather reports and forecast guidance while recognizing their inherent limitations. This session on Saturday is all about how to properly interpret and integrate these weather products so you can make a confident decision especially when the weather may be challenging.
(a) Introduction - The presenter of Weather Essentials for Pilots will be introduced. A brief overview will provide attendees with any logistical matters or concerns for the weekend. The workshop goals and agenda will also be outlined. During this time the audience will be surveyed as a group to get a sense of the experience level of all pilots attending the workshop. Any general questions or concerns will be taken from the audience.
(b) Elements of a standard weather briefing - For flights not in the vicinity of an airport, all pilots are required to become familiar with the weather prior to every flight. A standard weather briefing through DUATs or Lockheed Martin Flight Services offers critical preflight guidance on the location and timing of most adverse weather. However, these basic elements are often insufficient for some flights. To visualize the weather in four dimensions requires you to dig a bit deeper when the weather is challenging.
(c) Funnel approach to briefing - Using an approach that starts out by looking at the synoptic overview and then working toward finer details is a method used by most meteorologists when issuing forecasts. While there is no definitive way to do every preflight briefing, such an approach can be used by pilots as well to visualize the weather in four dimensions.
(d) Internet Wx Brief Roadmap - For the remainder of Saturday, each weather report and forecast in the Roadmap will be explained in detail. Learning how to read each one of these is critical to piece together the story behind the weather that may affect your proposed flight. Not every weather product within the Roadmap will be useful or important on every flight. However, each one provides unique information that can highlight the location and timing of adverse weather. Often it's all about timing. So understanding the date-time stamps on these forecasts can be just as critical.
Saturday session ends on or before 5 p.m..
Sunday session begins at 8:30 a.m. with lunch around noon
Preflight scenarios - The entire day will be spent discussing at least four unique preflight planning scenarios that vary with flight rules (VFR vs IFR), time of year, distance and location within the U.S. Each of these mock flights will have challenging weather along some portion of the proposed route.
(a) Objective - Given that these are truly mock flights, the objective is to learn how to visualize the adverse weather better in time and space in order to minimize your exposure to hazardous weather. This will be accomplished using archived weather guidance available from the Internet Wx Brief Roadmap and treated as if it were current. This includes examining weather guidance along the proposed route several days in advance of the flight up to just moments before departing. This gives a pilot the full perspective of how to properly leverage weather reports and forecast guidance over the several day period leading up to the flight. Every attendee will form their own conclusion for a go or stay decision which ultimately depends on their risk tolerance, aircraft capabilities and experience.
(b) Time allotted - Expect that each scenario will take roughly 60 to 90 minutes to fully discuss.