Air Traffic Organization Policy

JO 7210.3X
Effective Date:
February 9, 2012
Subject:  Facility Operation and Administration
       Includes:  Errata effective 2/9/12, Change 1 effective 7/26/12, Change 2 effective 3/7/13, and Change 3 effective 8/22/13

Section 2. Pilot Weather Briefing


FSSs are responsible for providing weather briefings to users of aviation weather information calling in person, by radio, or telephone. These briefings are fulfilled by direct application or interpretation of NWS guidance forecasts supplemented by the latest observations and pilot reports.


Some of the more useful weather charts for pilot weather briefings are: surface and upper air analysis, freezing level analysis, stability index analysis, radar depiction, weather depiction, surface and upper air prognosis, significant weather (high and low level) prognosis, and maximum wind and wind shear analysis and prognosis. Weather chart displays should include but not necessarily be limited to these charts.


Closed circuit television equipment (CCTV) is available in a number of high-activity FSSs. Facilities should use the equipment to display weather graphic information. Facilities that have additional television cameras available, after graphics requirements are met, may display alphanumeric data.


When the offices are adjoining, the aviation briefing facilities should be combined to the extent practicable for efficient weather briefing service. A joint display should provide all needed aviation weather information. The briefing function will be conducted in accordance with local agreements prepared by the NWS and the FAA regions and based on interagency policy. Normally, briefings will be provided by FSS personnel. The NWS will provide support by providing and updating briefing material, consultation with the FSS briefers, and direct briefing service to the aviation user when requested by the user or the FSS specialists.


At locations where joint briefing displays are not practicable, cooperative briefing service may be furnished by means of a one-call phone arrangement. This system provides for all aviation weather briefing telephone requests to be received in the FSS on lines listed under the FSS. By a switching arrangement, the pilot can be referred to the WSO/WFO when requested by the pilot.


Maintain flight planning displays in FSSs and other locations, as appropriate, convenient for pilot use. Such displays include:

a. Aeronautical charts covering the flight plan area that depict military training routes.

b. A planning chart with a means for measuring distances and plotting courses.

c. Airport/Facility Directory, NOTAM publication, and Aeronautical Information Manual.

d. Army Aviation Flight Information Bulletin.

e. DOD IFR En Route Supplement and DOD VFR Supplement.

Para 14-2-8, Military Training Activity.

f. Drawing of the local airport.

g. Sunrise and sunset tables.

h. Aero computer.

i. Pilot chart working area.


FSS facility managers must assure FAA Form 7233-1, Flight Plans, are available in the pilot briefing area for use by pilots. Maintain a sufficient supply to provide additional copies, as needed, to pilots, aviation companies, and organizations on request.


Ensure that the current DOD General Planning (GP), DOD Flight Information Publication (FLIP), Special Use Airspace (AP/1A), Military Training Route (AP/1B), and associated charts are readily available for preflight briefings to pilots:

a. Post the DOD FLIP chart, or that portion covering at least the flight plan area plus a 100 NM extension of the FSSs existing flight plan area.

b. Publicize new or revised MTRs and MOAs through letters to airmen, pilot meetings, and where practicable, “handouts” charting the routes/areas within the FSS flight plan area and the 100 NM extension of the existing flight plan area.


a. A pilot weather briefer transferring from one briefing assignment to another or returning to a pilot weather briefing position after a break of 3 months to 1 year in the performance of briefing duties is required to obtain a reorientation check before performing pilot weather briefing duties.

b. A pilot weather briefer returning to briefing duties after an absence of more than 1 year from briefing duties is required to be requalified by means of an oral examination by the NWS.

c. FSS personnel who are selected as Academy Instructors. (See para 14-1-2, Certificates of Authority.)

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