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    Weather briefing sites

    So I am curious as to what you folks use for your weather briefings. Do you still call the FSS? Do you use multiple different sites or just one? If so what are they?

    I personally have found that the Lockheed Martin FSS website is excellent. It gives you exactly what a briefer would give you over the phone. You can get the info in plain English as well.
    https://lmfsweb.afss.com/Website/#!/

    So what are you folks using?

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    I use weathermeister.com. It has the nicest presentation of any of the sites I've used.

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    I use

    wunderground.com

    and

    http://www.aviationweather.gov/adds/

    They have different strengths, but both provide very useful information.

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    I use a combination of sites starting with the general public use sites and get more aviation related the closer I get to departure. i hate to admit it but I still use CSC Duats vice LM's site--just habit. Here's some of the other sites I use:

    https://www.wunderground.com/
    http://www.aviationweather.gov/
    http://rucsoundings.noaa.gov/
    Last edited by Auburntsts; 04-13-2016 at 04:06 AM.
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    Preferred briefing site? Latest info I heard during forum at Sun n Fun given by CSC duats folks indicated the only FAA/NTSB recognized official briefings come from FSS and/or Duat vendors CSC and LockheedMartin. Anybody else is repackaging the info and while valuable, is not recognized as an "approved" briefing. True or false, not sure, but FSS or either Duat will show as a valid brief so recommend you use one. Who do I use? I've been using NOAA, L/M, found CSC is easier for local briefs so will start using them for that. Also Avare charts the Notams well, AviationSentry is handy if you have a subscription, and AirNav is great for planning fuel stops on cross countries. Which do I prefer, straight slot or Phillips? Both are great tools but choose the one that fits your screw.

    updated 2 jul - i have discovered that Foreflight also records one's briefing and it uses FSS/DUAT vendor sources so it meets the sniff test.
    Last edited by Mike M; 07-02-2016 at 06:43 AM.

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    I use http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/laun...=KLEE&state=FL but not for an official briefing.

    Also use ForeFlight to get current weather and forecasts.


    BJC

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    So I went back and checked out the Lock-Mart site as it's been awhile and really liked it. I think I'll start using it vs CSC Duats.
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    For long range forecasts, I use the Weekly Planner https://weather.com/maps/planner
    And NWS Graphical Forecast http://graphical.weather.gov/sectors...?element=PoP12
    And Unisys Weather http://weather.unisys.com/mos/mos_de...hp?inv=0&t=12h


    The day of, I start with the FAA TFR Map http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/index.html
    Then ADDS, sometimes USAirNet, Future Radar https://weather.com/weather/radar/in.../USWI0524:1:US, Hourly Weather https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/USWI0524:1:US
    Then Duats for my official briefing.

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    What is a legal weather briefing?

    http://ipadpilotnews.com/2016/03/qui...ther-briefing/

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    Quote Originally Posted by flytoboat View Post
    An official weather briefing is the one you can prove presented the info you needed to have. Or should have but didn't present the info that would have prevented your weather-related event. Depends on which side of the courtroom you're on. Disclaimer - this is neither an "approved" nor "official" opinion
    Last edited by Mike M; 07-02-2016 at 06:46 AM.

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