New Tools for Weather Avoidance

Check out the Flight Path Tool for a one-stop weather planning shop.

Flight Path Tool

Flight Path Tool

If you haven’t checked out the new interactive Flight Path Tool at the Aviation Weather Center on aviationweather.gov, you owe it to yourself to have a look.

Representatives from Jeppesen provided a great overview of the FPT at the recent Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California, during a series of well-attended IFR pilot proficiency seminars.

The Java-based tool brings together all of the weather products available on the Aviation Weather Center website into one graphical interface that lets pilots input their route of flight to see potential hazards along the way, including icing, turbulence, ceilings, visibility, winds, convective activity and more.

The 3D data can be sliced horizontally at selected flight levels or vertically along your route of flight. All the data can also be animated in a time lapse to highlight changing conditions.

To use the tool, visit aviationweather.gov/flightpath and click the software launch icon to start the java applet.