Flying in inclement weather is stressful for even the most experienced pilot. It’s important that you have a few tips to consider before flying in unfavorable conditions.
6 Tips For Flying In Inclement Weather
Below are 6 tips to help you fly responsibly in inclement weather:
Don’t Check Weather By Looking Outside – Even if it’s clear outside right now, don’t ever assume that it will stay that way or that the weather will be favorable at your destination. Always make sure to do thorough research about the forecasts in every location you’ll be flying through.
Be Wary Of “About The Same” Forecasts – Forecasts that report the weather to be “about the same” even hours after you plan to arrive can quickly change to “deteriorating.” You stand a much better chance of flying problem-free if the forecast suggests “improving.”
Take Additional Caution When Flying Into Mountains – If the weather is even slightly unfavorable, you should be doubly careful if you’re flying into mountainous terrain. It’s possible for clouds to close in from behind, leaving you without a way out.
Get Frequent Updates – If you do decide to venture out in inclement weather, make sure you’re frequently checking that weather isn’t going to deteriorate any further. Knowing beforehand will allow you enough time to change course if you need to.
Make Sure You Can See The Ground – In areas where water can contribute to ground fog, it’s important that you’re alert. Don’t get too distracted watching the sky that you forget to keep an eye on the ground as well.
Don’t Be Afraid To Call For Help – Finally, if you’re scared or don’t know what to do next, always call for help. As long as you have an idea of where you’re at, controllers should be able to find you on radar.
Lastly, when in doubt, don’t fly. Most small private plans prefer good weather conditions anyway. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to flying in questionable weather conditions. For additional information about inclement weather, or if you’d like to learn more about flying lessons, please contact Elevate Aviation.