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

Did you know that ATC is required to request a pilot report when the following conditions are observed or forecast?

1) Ceilings at or below 5,000 feet. These PIREPs should include cloud base/top reports if you know what they are.


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

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3) Thunderstorms and related weather.

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4) Moderate or greater turbulence.

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5) Light or greater icing.


6) Wind shear.

7) Volcanic ash clouds.

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