Got Weather?

A Message from Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator

Are you prepared for the weather this flying season? Be prepared and remember your personal checklist.

Weather is the most lethal of all major causes of GA accidents. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), nearly 75% of weather-related accidents are fatal. Have you fine-tuned your pre-flight decision-making skills? Are you confident that you can safely complete a flight if you suddenly find yourself in changing weather conditions? The United States has the busiest and most complex airspace in the world. You are part of an outstanding community of 188,000 general aviation pilots who can make a real difference in improving safety this season. You have an opportunity to take advantage of enormous resources to make you the best pilot you can be.

I'm asking you, the GA pilot, for your help. Get involved in the GA community this flying season. Share your knowledge and skills with your fellow pilots. Talk to your friends and family about decision making and weather. Improve your skills and knowledge by signing up for a safety seminar, read important weather information, participate in a proficiency program, take online training, or train for a new certificate or rating. Most importantly, invest in GA safety by investing in yourself! I can guarantee that safety pays off.

What's on your checklist?

  • Review. Are you proficient or just current? What's your experience and comfort level for flying in marginal weather?
  • Practice. Would training better prepare you for this flying season?
  • Educate. How do you get weather information? What can you learn about weather? Have you reviewed weather minimums? Do you have an escape plan? Know and recognize your limits.
  • Plan. Write down your personal minimums. This is your personal, flexible safety buffer based on your skills, training, currency and proficiency. It will help you plan and complete a flight.
  • Share. Talk to fellow pilots, family and friends about weather decision-making wherever you are: on the ramp or even at the airport restaurant.

Got Weather? Archives

The Got Weather campaign partners are: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), FAA FAASTeam, GA Joint Steering Committee, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), National Air Transportation Association (NATA), National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Soaring Society of America (SSA), Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), University Aviation Association (UAA), U.S. Parachute Association (USPA).

Learn more about the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC).