IFR Weather Briefings

IFR Weather Briefings

The simplified guide to weather planning.

Don’t Let Weather Questions Haunt You:

If I fly somewhere today, how do I know if conditions will let me get home 4 days from now?

How can I predict if a thunderstorm will impact my route, or move over my destination before I land?

How do I know where rain showers will be, when they will happen, and how severe they might become?

How do I know if light to moderate rain on the NEXRAD is flyable, or should be avoided?

How much turbulence can I expect, and where is the smoothest ride?

What are the cloud bases, tops, and icing levels—and how will they impact my flight?

These Videos Give You Answers—Not Theory

Most weather books and training programs are heavy on theory. As a result, the practical stuff can get lost in all the meteorological terms and definitions. Then there are the countless weather tools pilots need to be familiar with…knowing which ones to use when can be overwhelming.

It’s no wonder so many pilots have a tough time getting a good weather briefing before a flight.

We heard from pilots who want a simplified weather program, one that gets right to the heart of it…

  • Which tool(s) do I use to address specific weather questions or concerns?
  • How do I find what I need quickly with these tools?

That’s the focus of this program. It teaches the power-briefing skills every IFR pilot should have, but few do. It details what tools to use with only the bits of weather theory relevant to the specific weather challenge.

Taught In A Practical, No-Nonsense Style

Jeff Van West

CFII, Author, PilotWorkshops Creative Director

You may know PilotWorkshop’s Creative Director, Jeff Van West, from our other programs: Real World VFRGetting Started with Simulation, and IFR Mastery to name a few.

Jeff’s ongoing challenge is taking complex topics and simplifying them without losing the critical details. For this course, he took content from CFIIs, pilots, and meteorologist Scott Dennstaedt—and then stripped that content down into short, focused videos, each of which answers a single pre-flight weather question. These aren’t the simple questions you can address with a quick check of the weather, either. These are the tough questions—but the ones you really want help answering.

The result is a course that doesn’t cover everything weather, yet hits hard on the important briefing skills that Instrument pilots need to possess.

Sample Video: Predicting Thunderstorm Movement

Convective precipitation usually moves in two different ways. The line of precipitation usually moves in one direction while individual cells along the line move in another. This lesson explains how to predict both motions along your route. (6 min)

“Thank you, for finally putting together a weather program that doesn't require a meteorology degree to follow. This course goes into the right amount of detail and introduced me to some new tools that I will invest more time in learning.”

Customer Review

Course Details

This online program includes 17 video lessons. We provide quick access to all the weather tools covered.

“Well done! I really like the Q&A format...makes it easy to follow. Most of the questions are things I have wondered about or struggled with myself, and it was nice to get simple, straight-forward answers to these questions.”

Customer Review

Bonus: Weather Tool "Quick-Start" Videos

We’ve also included short videos that show you how to get started using the weather tools covered in this program. They highlight the important features and functions you should know how to use. Tools covered include:

  • Area Forecast Discussion
  • Convective and TS Outlook
  • Graphical Forecast for Aviation
  • Icing Tools CIP FIP
  • MOS Graphic Tool
  • Satellite Tools
  • Skew-T RUC

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is this different from other weather programs you have offered?
A: This program is much more condensed, focusing on the critical IFR briefing items and areas where pilots tend to struggle. It addresses the most “frequently asked” questions that Instrument pilots have relative to weather and planning.

Q: How do I access the program?
A: Your training is available online via a secure, password-protected website. You can watch it on any computer, tablet or phone.

Q. Can I download these files onto my iPad?
A. Yes, with the optional USB drive you can move the video files from the USB drive to your iPad using your computer and iTunes. We provide step-by-step directions. Of course, you can view the videos online on your iPad with an internet connection, so downloading them is optional.

Q. Will my online access to the program ever expire?
A. No. Once you register your login credentials, they never expire. You will always have access to the program.

Q. Can I access the program from more than one computer or device?
A. Yes. With your login info, you can access the site from any device as often as you want.

Optional USB Flash Drive

You may add an optional USB flash drive to your order which contains all the video files in MP4 format. These videos can be easily viewed on any computer or laptop, and can be imported onto an iPad so you can view them even if you are not online.

WINGS Approved!

You can earn 3 WINGS credits for completing this program: 1 basic, 1 advanced and 1 master. An easy way to stay current and advance within the WINGS program!

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IFR Weather Briefings
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IFR Weather Briefings
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– Instant online access (does not expire)
– USB Flash drive contains all videos
– Use on Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android
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