Self-Brief the Weather

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

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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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