Features April 2017 Issue
DIY Weather Briefing
Interesting progression: For decades, FSS was your only meaningful weather source. The web expanded our sources beyond FSS. Now, the FAA is even encouraging self-briefing.
The old saying tells us you canít be cleared for takeoff until the gross weight of the paperwork exceeds that of the aircraft. That hasnít changed much since Flight Service received reports on Teletypes necessitating cryptic abbreviations to conserve precious bandwidth on 75-baud lines.
Calling Flight Service used to be required to file a flight plan and get a weather review from a specialist with information unavailable anywhere else. Technology has changed all that.