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Weather Wise: Future of Wx

You may not realize it, but we’re living in the golden age of weather flying—and things are only going to get better. So what can we expect in the years to come? In this final installment of our Weather Wise video series, we take a look at how technology will change the experience of weather planning and flying.

Approx. 6 minutes

Topics:  Weather, Safety and Education, Technology


Engine Out! From Trouble to Touchdown

Responding to a simulated engine-out during training is one thing. Responding to a real engine-out is another, and as pilots we should know how to respond to ensure our chances of a safe landing. In this video, we discuss best practices for responding to an engine failure in cruise and on takeoff, as well as ways to help prevent an engine failure from happening in the first place.

Approx. 9 minutes

Topics:  Emergency, Engine Operations, Safety and Education, Technique


Weather Wise: Awareness Aloft

In-flight weather monitoring is a critical component of good decision making. In this video, we look at how to maintain strong situational awareness with respect to weather, and using that awareness to make good decisions should things not go as planned.

Approx. 7 minutes

Topics:  Safety and Education, Weather


Weather Wise: Beyond Go/No-Go

We’re usually able to make fairly solid go/no-go decisions well in advance of a planned flight. But when conditions are marginal, the decision to launch, postpone, or cancel can be tricky. In this installment of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Weather Wise video series, we look at factors to consider when the weather complicates your plans.

Approx. 9 minutes

Topics:  Safety and Education, Weather


Collision Avoidance: See, Sense, Separate

Midair collisions fall into that “low probability, high consequence” category, but the topic still brings a chill to most pilots. In this video, we discuss areas where the risk of a midair is greatest as well as strategies for minimizing the chance of having one.

Approx. 8 minutes

Topics:  Safety and Education, Technique


Weather Wise: Mistakes We Make

One of the Air Safety Institute’s major roles is accident analysis--learning from real-world mistakes. In this case: What types of weather are most dangerous for pilots? Has technology (the internet, better forecasts, cockpit weather, etc.) lowered the accident rate? We talk to ASI statistician David Kenny for answers to these and other questions.

Approx. 6 minutes

Topics:  Weather, Technology, Safety and Education


Weather Wise: IFR Flight Planning

Flying IFR simplifies weather planning in some ways--but it also increases our exposure to potentially dangerous conditions. In this video, we look at how to anticipate and avoid such conditions during the days and hours leading up to a flight.

Approx. 9 minutes

Topics:  VFR into IMC, Flight Planning, Weather, Safety and Education


Weather Wise: VFR Flight Planning

One of the major challenges of flying is weather assessment. In this video we cover the major weather issues facing VFR pilots, with an emphasis on how to get a "big picture" understanding of the situation before leaving the ground.

Approx. 10 minutes

Topics:  Weather, Flight Planning, Safety and Education


Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls

Year after year, unintended stalls are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. The "departure" or "power-on" stall is practiced during flight training, but in a controlled, coordinated scenario at a high altitude. Unexpected stalls during takeoffs or go-arounds are sudden, sharp, and frightening. At low altitude, even a brief loss of aircraft control may be unrecoverable. This video explains the differences in power-on stall training versus real-world scenarios, the aerodynamics of how stalls occur during takeoffs and go-arounds, and techniques pilots can use to prevent them.

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Approx. 7:30 minutes

Topics:  Takeoffs and Landings, Stall/Spin, Technique, Safety and Education

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Weather Wise: The AWC Website

Of all the weather websites out there these days, one of the best and most popular is NOAA’s Aviation Weather Center—often referred to as ADDS, or In this brief three-minute video—the second in a series focused on practical weather flying—we explore some of the many resources available at the revamped AWC website, and discuss how pilots can use them to get a more complete picture of the weather prior to flight.

Approx. 3 minutes

Topics:  Weather