One of the most useful pieces of weather information is a pilot report (pirep), yet these reports are all too rare. Pireps provide critical weather information such as cloud layers and turbulence that cannot be accurately obtained from other sources. They also fill in the gaps between ground-based weather reporting stations. Check out the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's online course, SkySpotter: Pireps Made Easy , to learn how you can request, use, and give these valuable weather reports.
February 19, 2007