Jan 30, 2006
Special guest "CFI Terry" Lankford, aviation author, weather
expert and retired FAA flight service briefer, joins the
Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Student Pilot Jason, and Pilot
- Pilot Kent is on the road. Student Pilot Jason joins.
- Jason has correction on the the story of the "drunk pilot" who
stole a Cessna in Connecticut. The tower was not in operation.
- Jason joined a fly-in at LNS, Lancaster, PA on January 28th.
A good time was had by all.
- Some of Jason's pictures (more below):
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- Terry is a Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor, 1997 Flight
Safety Award winner, former FAA Aviation Safety Counselor.
- Terry is a partner in a Cessna 172.
- Terry is a retired FAA weather briefer from the FAA Oakland
AFSS and a weather enthusiast.
- What does "VFR not recommended mean?"
- Briefers are following the handbook.
- Will a briefer EVER say, "VFR is recommended?"
- One pilot who called Terry hung up too fast.
- You can get the TIBS information on the same "1-800-WX-BRIEF"
- Terry's take on the outsourcing of FSS to Lockheed-Martin.
- National Association of Air Traffic Specialists http://naats.org
- FSS is not used for airline or corporate flights.
- The pilots who have the least experience and the least capable
aircraft need FSS the most.
- Does a FSS give briefings to other than pilots?
- The problem with regional FSSs is that not all are kept
- Do FSSs get enough PIREPS?
- The best way to give reports.
- Be subjective.
- What is severe turbulence?
- When you read a PIREP note what kind of aircraft is making the
- Almost any ice report from small aircraft means the pilot is a
- Calling the FSS for TFRs in region.
- Mike's story about a near encounter with a TFR after getting a FSS
- Jason's plane called FSS Radio while airborne and ended talking
to two FSSs at once.
- How to call up FSS in the air.
- Call the nearest FSS "radio"
- Give your location and what frequency you're monitoring.
- What does Terry think of DUATS?
- Decoded briefings vs. coded.
- Do the FSS briefers resent outside vendors like DUATS?
- How the technology handles changing weather conditions.
- If DUATS is down you can call the FSS, not vice-versa.
FSS will fail over calls to provide coverage.
- Terry's book on aviation charts.
- There are reports that GPS receivers have failed.
- Terry's take on weather.
- Forecasts of icing.
- The aviation weather center in Kansas City is developing a
- If there are no clouds there will be no ice.
- If you are IFR and you pick up ice advise the controller.
- Worry about a FAR violation later.
- Advise the controller if an instruction will subject you to
- Always have an escape plan.
- Weather is a hard thing for pilots to learn.
- Weather is not a certain thing. You have to learn to deal
- Weather forecasters cannot be held liable for weather
- Briefers must provide all information they have.
- Pilots learn by observing the weather they encounter.
- Terry is developing a new program for educating pilots on
In the news:
- A CFI and student crash in Michigan
- Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta again says the FAA
needs users Fees. The AOPA is protesting.
- Please send comments on the NPRM for the permanent Washington
ADIZ before February 6. Send copies of your comments to
congress. See Pilotcast
#007 for instructions on how to send your comments.
- The Las Vegas airport says, "No thanks" to accommodating the
- A passenger jumps out of a taxiing 737.
Author Rinker Buck of "Flight of Passage" will join the
Some of Jason's pictures of the Fly-in on
January 28th at KLNS, Lancaster, PA.
Pilotcast show notes are at http://www.pilotcast.com