METAR and NEWBIE Learning

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”. :slight_smile: 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. :slight_smile:


FlightAware is for tracking aircraft, not learning about aviation. I think the AOPA would be better for that. Also, Landings is a good site to learn about aviation.

METAR can be decoded by using the METAR /TAF conversion card. There’s also an online METAR decoder available.

I think it would be fine to put links to the above sites but not fine to use up resources storing this data on the site.

Hmmph. I hadn’t seen that Decoder before. Thanks, Dami.


You’re welcome.

I’d originally seen something about it on this forum but couldn’t find it when I went searching for it so I did a Google search for it(but I did not, in accordance with the wishes of Google, “google it”).

There’s also a METAR Translator available that is written in Javascript and “is not entirely finished and it may contain bugs.”

No offence, but I was looking from feedback from actual FA staff. I agree AOPA is a good learning tool, but they won’t get the casual traffic FA does.

Thanks though for your opinion.

Thanks. :slight_smile:
I’m not sure what you’re asking for here. Weather (NEXRAD) overlay is working and has been online for months.

Regarding adding information for newbies, we’ve thrown the idea around but we’re not convinced that is what we want this site to be. There are lots of other resources on the web for decoding weather and other aviation related information. One idea is to create a section for a user-submitted directory of links, like the airport/fbo info pages, but it’s not on the near-term implementation schedule.

Perfect…you answered my questions.

No offense (note: American spelling of the word :smiley: ). However, I do agree with the FlightAware staff that this site shouldn’t be an “educational site.” I do agree with the idea o putting in a user directory. However, I don’t think it should be a high priority.

Sorry about the spelling. English is my second language. I grew up in an area that spoke fluent “Hick”. And no, I didn’t find my wife at a family reunion. :slight_smile:

Not having looked at your profile but looking at your screen name, I figured you were across the pond and used the Queen’s English in stead of American English.

In any case, you English is better than some others who speak it as a first language.

Please see example quoted…


I could say I was just trying to make an example but… Yea, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!