Weather to Fly

July 17, 2008

The aviation weather reporting system can be confusing.  This article from the FAA gives tips on How to Obtain a Good Weather Briefing.  To it I add, my advice:

  • If you are calling for a weather briefing, back that up by using the Duats site. It is easier for me to look at a report in writing than to hear a briefer ramble on about it. Check weather online first and then you can ask your briefer for trends and clarification on the phone rather than trying to get everything from them. If you can only call, listen closely.
  • Learning WX codes can be difficult.  Duats will give you long text and WX codes if you specify – so use both for learning. You can also download a short training pamphlet that covers the codes HERE.  A more thorough guide comes with our Airplane Pilot Training Kit and many of the other kits.  
  • My best advice is that it gets easier with time so keep working on it.  Eventually, codes will become faster and easier than reading long text description of conditions.

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Keep Your Pilot License Current with the FAA

May 19, 2008

Did you know pilots, are required to update their address with the FAA within 30 days after you move – know how to advise them of a change? 

You are required to carry your license any time you fly – what would you do if you lost it?  This article covers all the details.

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How to get a Private Pilot’s License

May 19, 2008

This basic license allows you to fly single-engine aircraft and carry passengers; it is the foundation for more advanced instrument, commercial and professional pilot licenses. Many people do not know all the steps or realize that that they have options to fit many different approaches, learning styles and goals.

You must be at least 17 years old and read, speak and understand English. Meet these criteria, and you´re ready to start.

Beyond that, follow these 10 easy steps to a Private Pilot License:

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