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Bringing self-briefing guidance to pilots' attention

An advisory provided by the FAA acts as an “educational roadmap” for pilots conducting self-briefings, but the majority of pilots remain unaware it exists.

Photo by Chris Rose.

On October 13 leaders in the aviation community will gather for a roundtable discussion with a Q&A session regarding A Pilot’s Guide to a Preflight Briefing, published as Advisory Circular 91-92. The webinar will also address the accompanying VFR and IFR Wings courses and discuss the FAA Flight Standards Service plan to update the FAA guidance in the future.

Originally published alongside a VFR video course in 2021, AC 91-92 is described by the FAA as “an educational roadmap for the development and implementation of preflight self-briefings, including planning, weather interpretation, and risk identification/mitigation skills.” This roadmap contains preflight checklists, safety do’s and don’ts, and multiple pages of additional resources.

In September, the FAA released an IFR video course to round out its pilot self-briefing curriculum. The VFR and IFR courses give participants the option to receive credit toward the FAA’s Wings Pilot Proficiency Program.

With the majority of pilots accustomed to performing self-briefings rather than calling flight service, the webinar will discuss the clear guidance provided in the advisory while also highlighting the resources available to pilots to ensure that self-briefings are effective and compliant (satisfying FAR 91.103).

The webinar is set to take place just a few months after results published in the AOPA 2022 Weather Survey indicated approximately 67 percent of pilots are unaware AC 91-92 exists.

Jim McClay, AOPA director of airspace, air traffic, and security, will serve as a panelist for the webinar alongside representatives from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, CAE, the FAA, the NTSB, the National Association of Flight Instructors, and Leidos Flight Service.

“AOPA is gladly participating in this event to highlight the importance of AC 91-92," McClay said. "With more and more pilots conducting self-briefings, it is critically important for them to understand best practices for doing so.”

The webinar will go live on October 13 at 1:00 p.m. Interested pilots can tune in on YouTube.

Lillian Geil

Communications Specialist
Communications Specialist Lillian Geil is a student pilot and a graduate of Columbia University who joined AOPA in 2021.
Topics: Advocacy, Pilot Weather Briefing Services, Weather

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