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Learn to decode Area Forecasts (FAs)

An interactive, hands-on way to learn how to read Area Forecasts (FAs) and other aviation weather reports and forecasts

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What is an Area Forecast?

Area Forecasts, abbreviated "FA," forecast the weather across a large area of the United States. They're used determine en-route weather, as well as forecast weather conditions at an airport without a TAF.

What Does this Course Cover?

This course teaches you to read and use Area Forecasts, focusing on each weather group and code contained in the forecast. It also covers every other text weather report and forecast you'll need to know for your private pilot check ride, including: METARs, TAFs, Pilot Reports, Winds and Temperatures Aloft Forecasts, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, and Convective SIGMETs.



  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    This course breaks down each part of a report or forecast by individual weather group - allowing you to quickly jump to areas you need to study. Can you recognize an Area Forecast's synopsis, but feel uncomfortable reading it's outlook? No problem - jump straight to the outlook section. Totally confused about the difference between the Synopsis and VFR Clouds and Weather sections? We'll take you through both types step-by-step. Each report and forecast is broken down by group so you can study at your own pace.

  • Unlimited Examples Teach You to Recognize all Types of Weather

    Our weather simulator generates real-world weather conditions - so you quickly gain experience with all types of weather. And, with unlimited examples, you won't memorize a single forecast - so you aren't surprised when your check pilot pulls out a summer Area Forecast during your February check ride!

  • Hands-on reports show you how Pilot Reports code any weather condition

    Each report or forecast covers a broad range of weather conditions - from clear skies and unlimited visibility to dense fog and blowing snow. Decoding these conditions and their variations can be a challenge. You can change each condition, like increasing visibility or varying wind direction, to see how the report or forecast codes it. You'll quickly gain experience reading all types of weather conditions, and will be able to answer any question your check pilot throws at you.


  • Practice until you feel comfortable

    Each practice section allows you to answer as many questions as you want - you can stop when you're comfortable. Score and streak gauges let you know how you're doing, by showing you your overall percentage score as well as how many questions you've answered correctly in a row. Once you're comfortable with a group - move on!

  • Targeted practices let you fix weak areas quickly

    Each practice focuses on a specific weather group in a report or forecast - simulating questions for each variation of that group. Feel uncomfortable recognizing the valid times for an Area Forecast outlook? No problem - you can focus in on the group and practice until you're proficient. Whether it's varying ceiling heights in a METAR or outlook valid times in an AIRMET, you'll be able to read it.

  • Weather simulator makes sure you can read any condition

    Each practice session uses a weather simulator to generate unlimited, real-world questions with new weather conditions. You'll see weather from all seasons and areas, so you can read any report your check pilot throws at you.


End-of-topic test make sure you're proficient

Each weather report or forecast ends with a test to measure your proficiency. You can retake the test as often as you want - we'll save your highest score. Review your answers after each attempt and quickly identify any areas where you need more practice.

Designed to Work on Your Computer, Tablet and Phone

The course runs through your web browser, so you can use your computer, tablet or phone - including Apple, Android and Windows.

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