I. Preflight Preparation

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I. Preflight Preparation

The examiner shall develop a scenario based on real time weather to evaluate Tasks C and D.

  • The examiner will issue you a homework assignment a few days prior to your checkride that will include a cross country planning assignment.
  • You will need to bring a FAA certified weather briefing with you for this cross country flight.  You can get it from 1-800-WXBrief, LMFS AFSSWEB, DUAT, or DUATS, or stored on an tablet application (Like ForeFlight) as long as the data source is FAA certified.  The examiner will ask you weather-related questions using the report you bring.  If you don’t bring it, the examiner will ask you to get a weather briefing during the oral exam, which will deprive you of the opportunity to study the report before the exam.
  • Most importantly, you need to be able to interpret every bit of this weather briefing.  This means that you need to be able to not only decode textual and pictorial weather products, but you need to able to apply risk analysis to the report to make an informed Go/No-Go decision, understand the applicability of NOTAMs and TFR.
Plan cross country flights to unfamiliar destination approximately  500 NM away (far enough away that you’ll need to plan for a fuel stop). Get a weather briefing for this trip.  If you’re unable to interpret, understand and apply every bit of information in the report, research on your own and get help from your instructor until you can do this task without assistance. A great resource for understanding weather products is AC 00-45 Aviation Weather Services.

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