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What does a private pilot need to know about aviation weather?

Aviation weather is an important knowledge area for any pilot. The general principles of weather formation as well as the effects that certain weather features have on flight, in particular weather hazards to aviation - such as thunderstorms, ice or differing degrees of visibility, are part of this area. In addition, skills in reading weather charts or satelite images, as well as an introduction to the most important aviation weather forecast services form part of the pilot training.

This area splits into a number of specialist sections. See the end of the page for a list of these.

The knowledge areas covered on this page correspond with the area that is subject of the FAA Aeronautical Weather Question bank. If you want to check the knowledge you already possess in this area click on the link a few lines further down.

Clicking on the link will open a new window, so that you can return to this page for further study. Hopefully you will be able tp improve your score after studying these pages. Please note, that the question answer page opening when you click on the link is timed and you might find it easier to try to do this first test in one go, come back to improve your knowledge and then try the test again. There are also a number of smaller tests at the end of each section that you can take and that will help you to retain the knowledge.

Aviation weather - Go on and try the FAA Aeronautical Weather test now.

There might be some questions that are not covered on this page. In that case we have moved them to other pages in order to better fit into the hirarchy as we have proposed on the top page. Please refer to the menu of links to the left for other areas. There you should find the answers to these questions.

If you did the test, you might have identified some areas where you would like to improve your knowledge. Check the following list of topics to dig into the areas in detail:


Weather Principles: This page is designed to help pilots acquire the background knowledge of aviation weather principles necessary to develop sound decision making skills relating to weather.
Aviation Weather Reporting: This page will help the pilot to get an overview of the common sources of aviation weather reporting and how to read them.
Aviation hazard of fog: Fog in aviation is not just a source of frustration for any VFR pilot, but a hazard to be taken seriously. This page gives an overview of the best strategies to follow in case of fog encounters.


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