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.
Maintain flight planning displays in FSSs and other locations, as appropriate, convenient for pilot use. Such displays include:
- Aeronautical charts covering the flight plan area that depict military training routes.
- A planning chart with a means for measuring distances and plotting courses.
- Chart Supplement U.S., NOTAM publication, and Aeronautical Information Manual.
- Army Aviation Flight Information Bulletin.
- DoD IFR En Route Supplement and DoD VFR Supplement.
FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 15-2-6, Military Training Activity.
- Drawing of the local airport.
- Sunrise and sunset tables.
- Aero computer.
- Pilot chart working area.
FSS facility managers must assure FAA Form 7233-4, International Flight Plan, and/or Form 7233-1, Flight Plan, as needed, 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:
- 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.
- 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 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.
- A pilot weather briefer returning to briefing duties after an absence of more than 1 year from briefing duties is required to be re‐qualified by means of an oral examination by the FAA.