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I obtained my private pilot license in 2006. This site is dedicated to capturing little gems of knowlege I collected during training. Periodically I add items I find during research so that others might benefit from them. Please review the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

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Location: San Jose, CA, United States

In 1999 a friend invited me to go flying and I was hooked. I live in the Bay Area about an hour south of San Francisco and fly out of Reid Hillview (KRHV). Please do get in touch and lets go fly!!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Weather Resources

I finally scheduled my solo x-country for the coming Thursday. In preparation I thought I'd list all my weather sources so they are accessible through this site:
1-800-WXBRIEF and DUATS being the only FAA approved sources, but there are otehr great sites that help get the overall picture:

I also found a real kick butt flight path tool by which can be launched from It's all the other tools on steroids as it overlays all the information, lets you choose altitude and time segment.

Here is the METAR and TAF decoder

Here are the Surface Weather Chart Symbols offers a desktop weather realtime application that gives a very nice quick overview. The application can be downloaded at:


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