FAA Safety Briefing

The March/April 2015 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on weather forces, sources, resources. Articles review some basic causes of weather activity, how certain conditions can affect pilot safety, and the tools you can use to aid your weather decision-making process.

Feature articles in this issue include:

· “Air Masses and Fronts – The Movers and Shakers of Weather” (p 8),

· “Cloud Dancing and Thunder Singing – Developing Strategies to Avoid Inadvertent Peril” (p 16),

· “I’ve Got Weather (…Now What Do I Do with It?)” (p. 26)

In this issue’s Jumpseat department (p. 1), Flight Standards Service Director John Duncan tells us how to R-E-S-P-E-C-T Mother Nature by sharing some helpful weather advice, while Checklist (p 22) reviews what’s “required” versus what’s “encouraged” in terms of weather briefings and resources. Also, Angle of Attack (p 33) discusses the dangers of weather-related aircraft accidents and how analyzing (and accepting) your personal limitations can be a life-saver.

The March/April issue also has two special tear-out sections that pilots may find helpful when faced with weather decision-making scenarios: a “Cloud Spotting” chart on page 18, and a Personal Minimums Checklist on page 31. Both can be downloaded separately from our website.

The link to the online edition is: http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter – @FAASafetyBrief

FAA Safety Briefing is the safety policy voice for the non-commercial general aviation community. The magazine’s objective is to improve safety by:

  • making the community aware of FAA resources
  • helping readers understand safety and regulatory issues, and
  • encouraging continued training