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WEATHER FOR PRIVATE PILOT

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Does anyone know of a good website for Aviation Weather for Private Pilot Students where they can get more METAR's TAF's, FAs, WST, Prog Charts,  especially help in decoding them?  

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  1. Wes Beard on Mar 10, 2011

    A good resource to answer how to read and analyze aviation weather is the FAA advisory circular 00-45.  The current version is G.  If you have specific questions on a weather item, post it and we will be happy to interpret and help you analyze it.
     
    http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAdvisoryCircular.nsf/0/D6A522C25E53CBF58625776F0050495C?OpenDocument

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  2. Rusty Allen on Mar 10, 2011

    Goverment Links that I have found useful.
    The site http://weather.aero/ has both textual and picturual information. It helps in connecting the two sources.
    The “Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1 – Surface Weather Observations and Reports September 2005″ at http://www.ofcm.gov/fmh-1/fmh1.htm is a detail break down of METAR reports.

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  3. Chris Rogalski on Mar 10, 2011

    I highly recommend this book: 

    http://www.gleim.com/products/productdetails.php?proSell=AVW

    It’s probably the best aviation weather book out there.  
     
    If you’re a member of AOPA, they have a very good weather product.  In addition the ADDS is great as well:
    http://aviationweather.gov/adds/

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  4. Flyerist on Mar 10, 2011

    Try this site, it’s great:
    http://aviationweather.gov/std_brief/
    I am a flight dispatcher for a major airline and I do a weather brief every day. My best piece of advice is to look at the winds, both at the surface and at cruise, and look 200-400 miles upwind and look at the weather. It’s a very strong predictor of future short-term weather.

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  5. MaggotCFII on Mar 10, 2011

    For decoding the METAR and TAF:
    http://aviationweather.gov/adds/metars/
    to the right of the box where a identifier is put in you can select between “raw data or translated”.  Nice learning tool because the coded is included with the translated.
    The digital version of the web site is adds.aviationweather.gov.
    This site is “deep”, chock full of weather info – a 2 cup of coffee stop!
    Just spend some time at the site and you will see the value.
    If you need help the help button is an italc “i” on a blue button at the top right of most pages.
    I have students “pre-brief” using this site, then on the the FSS or DUATs.
    Works well!

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  6. James MacGregor on Mar 10, 2011

    Aside from gov sites Fltplan.com has a really good weather page with a decoder right by the reports.

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  7. Aaron Larson on Mar 14, 2011

    I have found a free app on itunes that is really nice called “Understanding Weather Breafings”. It is a free app and works offline if you have an ipod. It is put out by the folks from Gold Seal. Basically it is an audio course that you listen to and breaks it down into sections like anatomy of a weather breifing, breifing call #1, and call #1 explained, and so on. This may be useful for what you are asking about since it helps explain decoding of them, as well as useful for ATC contact for a weather breifing. Hope this is of some help for you.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/understanding-weather-briefings/id400932054?mt=8

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  8. Jerry Miller on Apr 20, 2011

    Go to http://www.finditfastbooks.com for decoders of Metars, Tafs, and Notams

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