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Features October 2013 Issue

ATC Sees Weather, too

There is no shortage of preflight weather. But in the air, ATC may be your best source of current updates. Knowing what they see can help you make informed decisions.

It’s been a pretty smooth flight so far, but out of the haze, you see the emerging outline of a huge towering cumulus. Oh, wonderful—an afternoon thunderstorm in your way. [IMGCAP(1)] As the billowy texture fills out, the controller working you chimes in. “November Six Alpha Bravo,” he tells you, “area of moderate precipitation, twelve o’clock, ten miles, approximately eight miles in diameter, moving northeast.” …

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