Pireps and ATC Prompts


Real data is always better than a forecast. Even though Pireps contain only a tiny amount of information, they can be invaluable. Since I fly in the vacant Western U.S., having very few current Pireps is normal for the airports I fly into. Instead, I keep a list of various ATC facilities phone numbers. Talking to a controller may not give me an answer, but controllers will ask incoming pilots for reports. I have had a controller literally ask me to hold the line while he asks the controller at the next station for a report from a pilot on frequency. It is unconventional and not SOP, but it works. And as far as I am concerned, I have paid for it, so why not call?


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