New TAF format launched
There’s a new look to terminal area forecasts (TAFs), which now include a date digit with the start and end times. While TAFs have historically covered a 24-hour period, the new forecasts will extend to 30 hours at some airports to make them more compatible with ICAO requirements.
The new 30-hour forecasts will be offered at 32 airports that have been identified as servicing long-haul international flights. But AOPA is working with the FAA Weather Office to expand the new format to all TAFs, making the improved forecasts available to all pilots. For more details about the change, review the key card and take the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s Safety Quiz on TAFs.
November 6, 2008