In-Flight Weather Resources

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FAASTeam Video; Use of Weather Information:

“I’ve Got Weather—Now What Do I Do With It?” Mar/Apr 2015, FAA Safety Briefing, page 26:

FAA Risk Management Handbook (Chapter 13):

Be sure to also check out the WeatherXplor augmented reality app. With it you can use your smartphone or tablet to turn certain weather product images interactive. Check your mobile device’s application library to download it.



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General Aviation Joint Steering Committee
In-Flight Weather Resources
Outreach Guidance Document


This outreach guidance is provided to all FAA and aviation industry groups that are participating in outreach efforts sponsored by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC). It is important that all outreach on a given topic is coordinated and is free of conflicts. Therefore, all outreach products should be in alignment with the outline and concepts listed below for this topic.


Outreach Month: August 2020


Topic: Weather Information
In order to reduce the likelihood of Loss of Control in weather events, the FAA and industry will conduct outreach on the availability and use of in-flight resources for weather information.



FAA, GAJSC, and Industry agree that timely and accurate weather information is essential to aviation safety – particularly when weather is hazardous to flight. There are numerous sources of audio, text, and graphical weather available to general aviation pilots. Pilots should be made aware of resource availability and they should be proficient in making weather informed in-flight decisions.


Teaching Points:

  • In-flight weather information is available through Comm Radios, On-board weather detection equipment, data linked text and graphics, and various subscription services.
  • Pilots should:
    • understand how to obtain and interpret weather information in flight.
    • continuously monitor en route weather and compare that weather with  forecasts obtained before flight.
    • make sound weather decisions based on all available information.
    • be prepared to alter routes or cancel flights to avoid flying in hazardous weather conditions.