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Don’t Press Mother Nature! Avoid IMC with WeatherSpork Flight Planning and SiriusXM Aviation WeatherDon’t Press Mother Nature! Avoid IMC with WeatherSpork Flight Planning and SiriusXM Aviation Weather

As a private pilot, the key to avoiding Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) is to start with a well prepared flight plan. However, even with the best flight plan, weather conditions can and do change once in flight. Watch WeatherSpork’s co-founder, CFI and former NWS research meteorologist, Scott Dennstaedt, provide scenario-based instruction on how to safely avoid IMC conditions with proper preflight planning and SiriusXM once in the cockpit.

Mother Nature does not discriminate; she doesn’t care if you are a brand new private pilot, seasoned professional, or somewhere in between. The key to minimizing your exposure to adverse flight conditions is to do a well-prepared analysis of the weather before departure using the WeatherSpork flight planning app. Once a decision is made to launch, all pilots flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) must see and avoid Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). Flying VFR into IMC remains the number one killer of general aviation pilots regardless of experience level and pilot certificate ratings. Most of these tragic accidents can be easily avoided by starting with a solid plan, being flexible with that plan, and monitoring flight conditions with SiriusXM Aviation Weather while en route. SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered weather is always available inflight with no altitude limitations or line-of-sight restrictions. Plus it has coast-to-coast, high-resolution radar and weather features that update faster than ADS-B making it the best choice for VFR pilots.

Even after a thorough preflight briefing, your weather analysis doesn’t end simply because you close the door to the cockpit and depart. In fact, it may be just getting started since weather conditions can and do change once in flight. The plan you formed before you jumped in the car and drove to the airport is just a best guess at the time you examined the weather. Executing that plan from wheels up to wheels down requires the pilot-in-command to maintain an acute situational awareness with respect to the actual weather occurring along the proposed route of flight. This also includes the weather at your alternates if the trip can’t be completed successfully. Therefore, landing short of your intended destination should always be an option of a well-crafted plan.

Watch WeatherSpork’s co-founder, CFI and former NWS research meteorologist, Scott Dennstaedt, as he shows you how to safely avoid IMC conditions while flying VFR using a scenario-based approach. He’ll show you how to start with a proper preflight weather analysis and seamlessly monitor the weather while in flight with SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered weather.

Topics: Flight Planning, ADSB, Weather

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SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered weather is always available inflight with no altitude limitations or line-of-sight restrictions.
SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered weather is always available inflight with no altitude limitations or line-of-sight restrictions. It’s coast-to-coast, high-resolution radar and weather features update faster than ADS-B making it the best choice for VFR pilots. To receive a two month trial of SiriusXM Aviation Weather and Entertainment or learn more about other SiriusXM offers, please go to aopa.org/siriusxm.