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Electronics Corner - ADDS Aviation Weather

Consider a website produced by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - the Aviation Weather Center/Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) - At first glance you would think website had nothing to offer for Canadians because the map seems to stop at the border, but it is really quite an effective one-stop shopping point for North American weather including Canada. NOAA provides all of the satellite input to the site. You can get access to Canadian TAFs, METARs, and a file called "stations.txt" in which you can find your nearest weather stations if you don't remember all the International Civil Aviation Organization's international IDs for your local airports which provide TAFs.

ADDS Aviation Weather

Click on www.AviationWeather.gov/adds and you'll be impressed with how rich the data is and how relatively quickly you can access current satellite imagery. There are maps showing icing levels, turbulence, radar, winds, temperatures, and more. If you click on the Java Tools link, you can even customize your weather displays, and overlay multiple sets of data onto a single display.

On a related topic, if you have ever tried to register with the U.S. DUATS service, you will have discovered that you cannot as a Canadian pilot, because a U.S. pilot certificate number is required. If you use ForeFlight you can actually access DUATS, because it uses the ForeFlight registration account details, not that of the pilot.

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