June 2010 Issue

Datalink Weather Brief

The datalink service you use offers nearly the same weather products as Flight Service or Duat. Why not use them for a pre-flight briefing?

If youíve flown much in front of a Garmin G1000 or Avidyne system equipped with datalinked weather, you know they can deliver nearly as much information as an FSS briefing or a Duat session. While datalink weather was never intended to substitute for a full weather briefing, the reality is many pilots use it that way. But does it substitute for a full-up weather briefing, practically or legally? The answer to the first question is "maybe," but to the second, itís a fuzzy "no." Still, getting your weather brief literally "on the fly" in the cockpit can save a bunch of time. If the route is familiar and conditions relatively mild, the only thing youíll miss is the FSS brieferís closing plea for Pireps.

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