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7 Times ATC Is Required To Ask You For A Pilot Report

We all know that it's important to give pilot reports when we can. Did you know that ATC is required to request a pilot report when the following conditions are observed or forecast? (Details Here)

1) Ceilings at or below 5,000 feet. These PIREPs shall include cloud base/top reports when feasible.

Swayne Martin

2) Visibility (surface or aloft) at or less than 5 miles.

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3) Thunderstorms and related weather.


4) Moderate or greater turbulence.


5) Light or greater icing.


6) Wind shear.

7) Volcanic ash clouds.


The next time you encounter these conditions, get ready to make a pilot report.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, commercially licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and a commercial aviation student at the University of North Dakota. He's the author of the articles, quizzes and lists you love to read every week. Swayne's experience ranges from international flights in a King Air F90 to ferrying a 1943 Grumman Widgeon across the country. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures at

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