October 16, 2013
By Jim Moore
The federal system for distributing digital aviation weather to pilots and third-party providers will be the topic of discussion Oct. 24 in Las Vegas, as Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather holds its fall meeting. Pilots are encouraged to participate, even if unable to attend the National Business Aviation Association convention, where the discussion will be held, in person: A call-in line has been established, with advance registration available online.
The Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) distributes text and graphic forecast products, including observations and analyses used for flight planning. Data and products can be accessed online through the government website, www.aviationweather.gov; the same data is offered through various flight planning products. ADDS is a joint effort of various federal agencies and departments (and one of the government services deemed “essential” during the October federal shutdown). The Oct. 24 meeting will give users an opportunity to help shape future improvements, and feedback is important. AOPA staff will be participating in person, and urges pilots to join the discussion.
The federal website that many pilots use to access the data has recently been redesigned, with a new version posted for testing and evaluation by users that offers an updated graphic presentation and navigation of the various weather data products. Feedback on the new website is accepted online; the Oct. 24 session, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Pacific (6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Eastern) will cover all aspects of the service, providing an opportunity to speak directly to representatives of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, and Aviation Weather Center, among others.
General Aviation Statistics,
Members of the Mohawk Flying Club have access to upgraded aircraft and low flying costs.
According to the most recent Joseph T. Nall Report, in 2010 there were 43 accidents involving weather, and 28 of them were fatal. In fact, weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents.
Pilots N Paws is using a $10,000 AOPA Foundation grant to rescue more than 200 animals.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>