First, let me start by saying you have all done an awesome job on this website. FA rocks. In a short period of time, it has become my most visited website on a daily basis.
I have read through some of the other discussions on weather, and like the idea of you doing the Wx overlay. Any ideas when that will occur? In the meantime, how about putting a quick link on the page to adds.aviationweather ?
I have some passengers and clients who track me on FA, and they ask me about weather at the airports. While I can decipher the METAR, for most people it looks like a Navajo war code. Is it possible for you to set up a program that runs in the background and does a METARFULLDECODE ? I think that would also cut down on some of the problems newer pilots would have reading the info as well.
While we are on the subject of “newbies”, is it possible to put a “learning” page on FA? It seems that the site attracts a bunch of people interested in GA. I share AOPA’s opinion that the more people we can get involved in GA the better it becomes for all of us. Perhaps a new section where you could have some general learning resources posted. In that section could be simple things like “what it takes to become a pilot”, to more advanced things like “how to read a METAR”. I think this would accomplish a couple things. 1. It would drive more people to the site. 2. It would serve as a single site for even more info. 3. It would stop some of the problems with questions in the forums. The section could have articles written by FA members (after being reviewed by a staff member and deemed accurate).
Just a couple suggestions. I know all of this stuff takes massive programmer time and you most likely have a bizillion projects already on the table.
Thanks for taking the time to read this overly verbose post.