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Anomalous propagation

Added on: May 13, 2014        Duration: 7 minutes

NEXRAD from the NWS WSR-88D Doppler radars is probably one of the first products a pilot studies before departing on any cross country flight. For the most part, it provides a very high glance value with very little knowledge or training required to use the product safely. It’s also the data used to build the satellite weather display employed by thousands of pilots in the cockpit. However, the NEXRAD image isn’t always clean and...

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Beyond The Weather Brief Preview

Added on: July 17, 2009        Duration: 18 minutes

Every pilot must get beyond the generalizations and simple rules of thumb that rarely apply especially when Mother Nature is at her worst. When the weather is even remotely challenging, the need to work hard to put together an objective analysis of the weather using a method that works every time is paramount. In this preview you will learn...

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Graphical AIRMETs (G-AIRMETs)

Added on: March 21, 2010        Duration: 13 minutes

On October 1, 2008, the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City began issuing a new forecast called a Graphical-AIRMET. This new forecast product, dubbed the G-AIRMET, won't make it into a standard briefing with an Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) specialist and it won't likely be included in a DUATS textual briefing either. That's because it is not a text-based product like the traditional AIRMET; instead, it is designed to...

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Improving your wx briefings tip number 1 - Dissecting those date-time stamps

Added on: March 8, 2012        Duration: 16 minutes

Pilots are often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of preflight weather resources available online. There’s no doubt that one of the major roadblocks in using many of these new weather tools is knowing how to read the various date-time stamps that are buried somewhere within this guidance. There just doesn’t appear to be any ...

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Improving your wx briefings tip number 3 - Matching online guidance to your flight plan

Added on: December 17, 2013        Duration: 19 minutes

When planning any flight, you will typically have a departure time in mind. You plug in your departure airport, proposed route and destination airport into your favorite flight planner and this will typically calculate an estimated time en route. While your departure and arrival times may slide around a bit during your...

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