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Features December 2016 Issue

Where Your PIREPs Go

The more safety-critical your PIREP is—like this ice—the more likely it will get passed on to either a supervisor or controller in charge, who will in turn either submit it themselves or pass it on to local weather personnel.

Where Your PIREPs Go

Do you worry a PIREP given to ATC just goes nowhere? Controllers try their best, but filing pilot reports may take some extra time if ATC is short on moments to spare.

Weather and NOTAMs are a huge percentage of the mountains of data controllers process daily, and a significant chunk of that comes from pilot reports. Some pilots wonder how the information they share gets processed by ATC. As one IFR reader expressed: “It appears that most reports of icing/tops/bases that are reported to ATC never make it into the PIREP system.”

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