Learning to operate an aircraft safely in the flight environment is essential. If we want to become a proficient, professional pilot and show this to our passengers in such a way that they feel safe and confident flying with us. Then there are some things we need to become very good at.
Remember that when two aircraft approach each other head on at 100 KTS (not an uncommon speed) they travel over 3 miles per minute. And with a visibility of 1.5 miles you will have less than 30 seconds to react before you see the other aircraft.... if you were looking in the right direction.
Sometimes during fight the weather changes and you need an update, below some tips on how to obtain weather info from VOLMET and Flight Information Services.
Eurocontrol Guidance Notes
Excerpt from the document:
Throughout Europe, certain stations transmit airfield weather information for major airfields continuously on a VHF frequency (VOLMET). The AIP and commercial flight guides list the stations which do this, their frequencies, and the airfields included. Such information is made available by the meteorological service providers, too.
Many airports provide an automated terminal information service (ATIS). This is a continuous broadcast on a VHF frequency which is listed in AIPs and commercial flight guides (see GN 3). Many aerodromes also provide the same service by telephone for preflight briefing.
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