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Electronics Corner - AeroWeather for the iPhone

By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Last month we talked about the app CoPilot, mentioning its automatic weather-updating capability and that it will automatically update your flight plan with wind speeds and directions aloft at your planned altitudes.

This month we discuss a handy app that will search the Internet for weather reports at any chosen airports. As the iPhone image shows, the app provides a nice summary of multiple airports with wind, direction, temperature, and whether or not VFR/MVFR are currently available. Pressing on the right-arrow will take you to more complete information at a specific airport. You can get both current METAR and TAF information in plain English.

You can even check for weather at stations nearby a selected airport, and show the airport on Google Maps.

So the question that springs to mind is “When would I use it?” I think it’s probably the quickest way to check out the weather before heading out to the airport, whether you are intending to file a flight plan or not. It may also be a very handy way to check the weather when travelling, even if it’s not by air.

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