Pilot Weather Briefing Services

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ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience ATC and IMC I called the Elkins FSS and received an excellent and complete weather briefing for a proposed afternoon IFR flight in my C-172. Elkins reported cells forming from Martinsburg, WV south, along the mountains to the Richmond, VA area.


Article | Mar 24, 2013

Brief: Modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights The modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights goes into effect on Dec. 18 and becomes mandatory on May 18, 2009.

FlyQ Web flight planner now available

Article | Feb 21, 2013

A new online flight planner puts more tools and upgraded features at AOPA members' fingertips, empowering them to "fly smarter" with the latest addition to the AOPA FlyQ suite of digital flight planning tools. It will replace the current AOPA Internet Flight Planner on Feb. 28.

FAA: No new flight plan requirements for GA ops

Article | Nov 19, 2012

Any operator who used FAA domestic flight plans prior to Nov. 15 should still be able to do so, according to an FAA official, who cleared up confusion that surrounded a Nov. 15 update to the International Civil Aviation Organization flight plan format.

Improve your FlyQ

Article | Nov 09, 2012

With moving maps, approach plates, and many other unique and useful features, AOPA's just-released FlyQ EFB is a must-try for aviation tablet users.

Adverse condition alerts ping pilots after briefings

Article | Oct 13, 2012

Lockheed Martin Flight Services announced a flight planning and briefing Web portal Oct. 12 that allows pilots to sign up for alerts of adverse conditions that crop up along their flight plan after they've obtained a briefing.

IFR Fix: What's 'visual'?

IFR Fix | Jun 25, 2012

All it take is a cross-channeled radio to blockade the airspace and breed bedlam. On any IFR flight in moderate weather, pilots face the decision: Cancel aloft, possibly speeding up the arrival, or remain on the IFR flight plan to touchdown.

Rock your wings to Big Brother: Squawk, talk, file in TFR

Article | May 23, 2012

Mindful of the consequences for not following designated procedures, an AOPA staffer prepared to take off into the G8 Summit TFR May 19. Remember to squawk your discrete transponder code before the wheels leave the runway, Potomac Tracon said--"they" will be watching.

Direct to: Talk to your plane

Article | Feb 02, 2012

As if programming an IFR flight plan into a Garmin GNS 430W or 530W with the sound of your voice wasn't easy enough, VoiceFlight Systems has shaved yet another step for Apple iPad users.

Barefoot Bandit needs ‘new life flight plan,’ judge says

Article | Jan 27, 2012

Colton Harris-Moore, the 20-year-old known as the Barefoot Bandit, was sentenced Jan. 27 to six-and-a-half years in prison and three years of supervised release for the seven felony charges he pleaded guilty to on June 17, 2011, which included two counts of interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft and piloting an aircraft without a valid pilot certificate.