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Features August 2019 Issue

Self-Brief the Weather

Self-Brief the Weather

It’s a chicken-or-the-egg thing. Do we self-brief more because the FAA stresses it, or is the FAA simply recognizing that we’re doing it anyway?

But a standard brief alone does not satisfy §91.103. If IFR or flying outside the airport vicinity, we are expected to also know fuel requirements, alternates if the planned flight cannot be completed, and any traffic delays advised by ATC. We must know the runway lengths, including takeoff and landing distance data if an Airplane Flight Manual exists. Else, we are told to make do using “other reliable information appropriate to the aircraft” including aircraft performance.

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