Amirhossein Shirazian submitted this photo and note: “After takeoff it started to rain so we came back and landed at Payam International Airport (OIIP) in Iran.”
Sammi, a student pilot in Arizona, writes: Next door to my flight school is a ritzy FBO (where I score my morning coffee) that has one of those electric maps in the lobby with colored lights that show the flight conditions across the nation – green for VFR, blue for MVFR, red for IFR, and magenta for LIFR. So cool and so beautiful! But…also so confusing. Uncle Google gave me the ceilings and vis’es for the various flight conditions, but I can’t seem to find them in the regs. What’s the story here?
Changing weather patterns have caused significant increases in turbulence over the past 40 years. Are you prepared for it?
The new Visibility Estimation through Image Analytics (VEIA) algorithm uses existing FAA weather cameras to provide visibility estimates based on an automated comparison of current conditions to clear day images. This provides pilots with an easy-to-use online planning tool incorporating real-time visual information to mitigate the effects of weather, according to FAA officials.
Greg Lutz, who has been a pilot for 40 years, has launched Aviation Cross Country Weather (AVXCWX), a free website created to facilitate cross-country flight planning around the weather.
The book discusses each aspect of weather as it relates to aircraft operation and flight safety and provides information on the tools available for flight planning and in-flight weather decisions, including observations, analyses, and forecasts.
The FAA is taking suggestions until Dec. 20, 2022, from pilots on where to expand its weather camera program.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s annual weather survey shows that fewer pilots are calling Flight Service for preflight weather briefings, instead relying on apps and even general weather sites, such as Windy.
A thermodynamic chart such as the Skew-T log (p) diagram is the best-kept secret in aviation for general aviation pilots who want weather guidance for preflight planning, according to Dr. Scott Dennstaedt.