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AREA FORECAST




A variety of different forecast products are to be used during the preflight planning period. The forecasts pilots need to be familiar with are terminal aerodrome forecast (TAF), area forecast (FA), inflight weather advisories (AIRMET, SIGMET), and winds & temperatures aloft (FB).



Area Forecast

Area Forecasts (FA) cover a large area of several states and covers general weather conditions, visual meteorological conditions (VMC). Area Forecast text versions are produced by the National Weather Service (NWS) which are issued 3 times a day and a valid for 18 hours.


These text forecasts from the NWS have gone to the Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool. This GFA Tool can be found on the aviationweather.gov website under the Area Forecast tab.


Associated with Area Forecasts and the GFA Tool are AIRMETs and SIGMETs. Be sure to have that configuration turned on. So, you don’t miss any hidden hazardous weather areas along your route of flight.


These forecasts provide weather information vital to en-route flights, as well as for smaller airports that do not have terminal forecasts.




Remember:

  • ​Area Forecasts (FA) cover a large area of several states and covers general weather conditions, visual meteorological conditions (VMC).

  • Area Forecast are issued 3 times a day and a valid for 18 hours.




References:

Aviation Weather Handbook FAA-H-8083-28 (NEW Publication Dec. 22, 2022)




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