Am I legal?

(Guest post by Doug Morris) These words are in the back of any professional pilot’s mind and it certainly applies to TAF constraints. When flying from A to B, an airport C is required as an alternate. Many think pilots fly around with full fuel tanks. Not so. We are obviously given the fuel to fly to the destination airport, shoot the approach, carry out the missed approach (if need be) and fly to the … Continue reading

Thoughts on TAF quality

TAFs are antiquated, no longer meet the needs of aviation users, and hopefully will be supplemented by other forecast products in support of ATM/ATFM. Still, they will be with us for a long, long time and an important question is how to make them better. There are many national efforts underway to streamline or automate the production of TAFs, and also to come up with new products, but these are being only loosely coordinated. While … Continue reading

Thoughts on TAF automation

The TAF (Terminal Forecast; i.e. a weather forecast for an aerodrome) has been with us for a long, long time; it dates back to the beginnings of powered flight. From MANAIR (Manual of Standards and Procedures For Aviation Weather Forecasts), as maintained by the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) “The aerodrome forecast (TAF) is the forecaster’s best judgment of the most probable weather conditions expected to occur at an aerodrome together with their most probable … Continue reading

Weather Ramblings — August 19, 2015

A selection of weather (and sometimes water) related items that I have read and found interesting. A Very Early Yet Highly Accurate Guide to This Coming Winter — With improving skill in the prediction of El Nino, some are now viewing the potential to predict the impacts accurately as well. As the article notes, the Blob of warm water in the north Pacific is a bit of a confounding factor — we don’t have anything … Continue reading

Weather Ramblings — August 10, 2015

A selection of weather (and sometimes water) related items that I have read and found interesting.   HACKADAY PRIZE ENTRY: 20,000 WEATHER STATIONS — Love seeing these initiatives — a group entering a contest to deploy a huge number of inexpensive stations across such a relatively data sparse area. “It’s a great project for one of the most ambitious crowdsourced data gathering projects ever conceived, and something that would vastly improve weather predictions across the … Continue reading