June 18, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
I last highlighted weather apps on Feb. 19, but with all of the crazy weather pilots are experiencing across the country, I felt it was time to surface another five, all sent in by AOPA members. These are not endorsements of any app.
Aviation Weather NOAA/NWS (free on Google Play)—This smartphone app offers the latest weather directly from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service. Information offered includes weather graphics, radar, satellite, METARs, TAFs, and PIREPs.
AccuWeather (free on iTunes and Google Play)—Users rave about this smartphone and tablet app with features including weather conditions that are updated every five minutes; customizable forecasts; real-time, push severe weather alerts; and animated radar and satellite interactive maps.
Aviation YAWS - TAF METAR Data ($4.91 in Google Play)—This smartphone apps allows users one-click weather and location-based notam searches. Other features include access to Jeppesen weather charts, the ability to save favorite airport searches, and more.
Aviation Weather Pros ($3.99 on Google Play)—Some of the features on this smartphone app include visual weather and forecast information, airports and weather stations at your location, and a quick weather summary of your favorite airports.
Aviation Weather with Decoder (free on Google Play)—This smartphone app allows users to receive METAR and TAF reports directly from NOAA just by typing in an airport identifier or name, or city. Other features include the ability to see more than one weather report, view airports on Google Maps, and save past searches as preferences.
You may have noticed that this week’s column has mostly Google Play apps. I thank all of you who have been sending them in. Please keep then coming by emailing me. Go here to see my past apps columns.
Pilot Gear and Services,
Weather and Seasons,
Many of you will probably receive a smartphone or tablet during the holiday season. While you should include the necessary aviation apps, you also need to have some fun.
A Gulfstream business jet outfitted for science is probing Atlantic clouds between Germany and Barbados.
A student pilot flying a single-engine trainer at modest altitudes has different weather-information needs than a corporate pilot planning a trip in the flight levels. But before either aviator can plan a route or make a proper go/no-go decision, both need a macro view of the weather.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.