Weather/Flight Planning


AWOS/ASOS:

Automated Weather Observing Systems and Automated Surface Observing Systems are on-field automated services that transmit over a COM or NAV (VOR) frequency.  This is the best choice to determine the local basic weather information such as winds, cloud layers, ceilings and local altimeter settings.  The following are some local stations.

 

 Airport Identifier  AWOS Frequency  Airport Identifiier  AWOS Frequency
 KOKK (Kokomo)  113.50  8I3 (Glenndale)  Use Kokomo 113.50
 5I4 (Sheridan)  Use Indy Executive 120.725  I72 (Westfield)  Use Indy Executive 120.725

Not to forget each airport has a windsock or wind T that physically shows you the wind

ATIS

Automated Terminal Information System.  Although the “A” stands for automated it’s actually manually updated at least once per hour.  ATIS is normally available at “Towered Fields” and includes runway and taxiway information.
Obtaining Weather:  There are several services that offer aviation weather products.  It’s important to make sure the service you use is recognized by the FAA as a valid source of aviation weather.  The following are services which we recommend.

GENERAL WEATHER:

These we use to just get an idea of what the weather will be like over the next week.

www.weatherunderground.com
www.weather.com

LOCAL WEATHER STATIONS:

Apps like Avia Weather (android) gives you Metars and TAFs.

FLIGHT PLANNING & WEATHER SERVICES:

These services offer you both official aviation weather, plus enhanced flight planning tools. 1800wxbrief is the official FAA Flight Service website, which is a must have for all pilots. For those “low tech” pilot types, you can also just call the number 1-800-wxbrief and talk to a “briefer” in person. Garmin Pilot and Foreflight both offer paid subscription service plans that allow you to download all aviation maps (VFR & IFR) as well as Approach Plates, and use them electronically in-flight. In addition, each offers up flight planning services, weather, and will allow you to file, open and close flight plans.

We use both Garmin Pilot and Foreflight for our mapping software, both for filing flight plans and for our legal weather briefings.

We also use www.weathermeister.com, a paid service that is laid out like an excel spreadsheet, with color coding and other tools that make it easier interpret the weather, such as METARS and TAFs. We use this for our daily local flights as well as trips, in order to see METARS and TAFs for our area or entire route of flight. It also helps with winds aloft to determine best enroute altitudes. It has weather charts, NOTAMS, specialty airspace such as TFRs, and everything you need to plan a trip.

www.1800wxbrief.com (FREE & OFFICIAL, FTC recommends, but not as user friendly as others)

Skyvector.com (FREE, easiest for new students)

Foreflight (PAID, one of the best, FTC recommends, links up with Garmin, Avidyne and others. Can only be used on Apple tablets/phones.)

Garmin Pilot (PAID, one of the best, FTC recommends, links up only with Garmin Products. Can be used on Apple or Android tablets/phones.)

FlyQ (PAID, cheaper, works on several different avionics products. Can be used on Apple or Android tablets/phones.)

MOSTLY JUST WEATHER:

www.aviationweather.gov (FREE & OFFICIAL, FTC recommends, easy to use)

www.weatherunderground.com (FREE, radar, big picture, hourly forecast, not detailed)

www.weather.com (FREE, same as weatherunderground)

https://weathermeister.com (PAID, FTC recommends, best layout, some flight planning)