Aviation Digital Data Service: Local Weather, plus perks for pilots.
Millions of Americans routinely log in to the NOAA National Weather Service for excellent forecasts, but the site also provides a special feature just for pilots: the Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS).
From information on turbulence, icing and convection conditions to program charts and Java tools for aviation, this rich web site is an invaluable resource. And at Independence Aviation, we teach you how to get this most out of this free service.
Click Here to view ADDS now.
Additional weather resources:
Aviation Weather is the Old Guard of weather sites used by pilots. It is also a very innovative site which continues to lead the weather community in testing out new technology in weather reporting and forecasting. On this site you can obtain information that may not yet be available on the other sites, although it is not as user-friendly as some of the other sites. Click here to go to Aviation Weather.
FltPlan.com is quickly becoming the favorite flight planning and weather site for many GA pilots around the nation. This innovative site provides the user with all of the information that is needed to plan, file and complete a safe flight. You will need to create a free user account to access the site, but once this step is done you can quickly and easily navigate through flight planning, weather, airport info and fuel planning all in one website! The best part is that it saves your previously planned flights which allows you to quickly plan and file future flights with minimal effort. Click here to go to their site.
DUATS will give you all of the weather pertinent to your flight in a no nonsense format. This is mostly a text-based site which makes it very easy to print out your route weather prior to you flight. It also has a RAIM prediction feature for GPS users. The drawback to this site is that you must create a user account (active pilots only) in order to gain access. The account is free and gives you the ability to store pilot and aircraft info in order to quickly file flight plans online. Click here to go to DUATS.
Weather Channel is not exactly an aviation specific website, but it does help give us the “Big Picture” view when we are getting frustrated by trying to flight plan with the sometimes myopic aviation weather sites. Go here if you are looking for nation-wide forecasts and many interesting graphical charts. Click here to go to the Weather Channel site.