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About AOPA. 414,000 members Largest general aviation organization Virtually all active pilots 50-100 hours per year Member service Lobbying Offer Jeppesen wx on website:www.aopa.org . GA pilot population.

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about aopa
About AOPA
  • 414,000 members
  • Largest general aviation organization
  • Virtually all active pilots
  • 50-100 hours per year
  • Member service
  • Lobbying
  • Offer Jeppesen wx on website:www.aopa.org
ga pilot population
GA pilot population
  • Certificate levels: Student, Private, Commercial, Airline Transport, Flight Instructor
  • Ratings: Single-engine land, multi-engine land… instrument!
  • Instrument=able to file IFR flight plans, fly by reference to instruments in adverse wx …
  • … when you can’t see where you’re going!
more flying on instruments
More flying on instruments
  • Better handling, monitoring
  • Traffic advisories, sequencing and separation service
  • Inflight wx info from CWSUs
  • Greater need for pre- and inflight wx
  • Safer, but much more demanding
  • With Internet, more reliance on self-briefing
wx education
WX EDUCATION
  • Approach-avoidance
  • Seems too abstract
  • Similar to pilot-doctor adversarial relationship
  • Only 8 weather-related questions on written private pilot test
  • Can miss them all, and still pass!
sleep inducing terms
SLEEP-INDUCING TERMS
  • Dry adiabatic lapse rate
  • Moist adiabatic lapse rate
  • Coriolis force
  • Skew-T log-P
  • Conditional instability
how much weather flying
How much weather flying?
  • 503,740 = total pilot population
  • 309,865 = instrument-rated pilots
  • Ergo, 62% of all pilots
briefing strategies old school
Briefing strategies, old-school
  • Call FAA-employed weather briefer
  • 1/800/WX-BRIEF
  • Standard, Abbreviated, Outlook briefings
  • Difax
  • “Ring-through” to NWS meteorologists
briefing stragegies new school
Briefing stragegies, “New school”
  • FAA subcontracts briefing services to Lockheed-Martin, 2006
  • Teething problems!
  • 58 Flight Service stations before ….
  • 3 automated stations now (Leesburg, DFW, Prescott AZ)
  • Retirements and new briefers; no local experience
briefing strategies new school
Briefing strategies, “New school”
  • Internet-driven
  • Many, many websites
  • Contact FSS to update and file flight plan only!
  • L-M poor reception
modern online briefing
Modern online briefing
  • ADDS
  • Fltplan.com
  • AOPA internet flight planner
  • Unisys
  • WSI, other private wx suppliers
  • DUAT
  • New experimental products
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WSI
  • https://www.pilotbrief.com/
  • Interactive overlays
  • Route-specific
  • Video synoptics
cg vis wx graphical grids
Cg/vis/wx graphical grids
  • Mouseover function
  • Goes out 12 hours
  • Many elements presented
  • Hourly forecast conditions
  • Ceiling and visibility
  • Only at selected WSFOs …. now
grids cont d
Grids, cont’d
  • http://www.weather.gov/gsp
  • Click on a city
  • Scroll down to “Hourly weather graph”
  • Add cg and vis to meteogram elements
problem
Problem!
  • The following, alone, are “not for use” by pilots:
  • CCFP (for meteorologists and dispatchers)
  • CIP/FIP (it’s “supplementary”)
  • G-Airmet (it’s not yet operational)
summing up
Summing up
  • Self-briefing= Need for online education
  • FSS wx analysis being bypassed
  • Make experimental products operational
  • Push gridded graphical forecasts
  • 30-hour TAFs at every station
  • Last but not least: Fix Lockheed-Martin problems