Weather Planning

I was always interested in the weather even before I became a pilot. Once I started my flight training I became, like most pilots, a weather geek. Clouds and rain for our ground bound brothers means maybe bringing an umbrella, for us it is much more important.

One of the things I always love to do to improve my weather knowledge is to look at the available weather information and make my own weather forecast. I would try to plan a flight several days off and then see how accurate my prediction was.

One of the first things a student pilot realizes is that the big “L” (low pressure) on the weather maps means a greater chance of canceled flights. So let’s take a look at some surface prognostic “prog” charts for the next couple days.

To start the discussion I ask our VFR and IFR student pilots the following questions to hopefully get a better understanding of what happens when the big “L” gets close. Base your comments on just the prog charts.


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The forecast temperatures today are going to be near 70 degrees. Why?

Do you think it would be smart to go flying this evening. Why?

Where do you expect the winds to be from Tuesday into Wednesday this week? Why?

Comments are welcome from all our members, students or not. I find that I learn something new every time I discuss the weather.


Kenny Martin


Flight Training questions

In my year and a half instructing at East Hill I’ve come to realize that many student pilots have the same questions about flight training.
I thought this blog would serve as a good forum to hopefully answer some questions and promote some discussion between students and certificated pilot members.
My idea is to post some questions and observations regarding things like weather, flight planning, aerodynamics, flight maneuvers, and so on.
As we all know our pilot certificate is a license to learn. Hopefully this blog will start some good discussions between our members and we will all learn something new.