AOPA’s Air Safety Institute launches Storm Week

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) will observe Storm Week June 11-15, focusing on the topic of thunderstorm avoidance for general aviation pilots.

AOPA officials said ASI will hold events and release products each day during Storm Week to help pilots navigate any issues that come up before and during flight. The schedule is: June 11, new “Ask ATC” video released; June 12, new ASI Safety Quiz released; June 13, new “Leading Edge” blog post; and June 15, Storm Week wrap-up in ePilot.

On June 14, join AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg, datalink expert Dr. David Strahle, and Matt Sullivan, Potomac TRACON (NATCA), for a live webcast to learn about using cockpit weather, the weather radar services controllers can offer, and how to effectively communicate with ATC to minimize your risk of encountering a thunderstorm’s disturbing wrath. The webcast will be held at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT at

“Weather is an uncertainty for many people and the desire to get to an outing, business meeting, or leisure activity is strong,” said Landsberg. “ASI created Storm Week as a tool for pilots to help them avoid dangerous convective activity during flights.”



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