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AOPA FREE Weather Challenge Seminar

Join us for this fun, fact-filled, FREE seminar!

You don't need a meteorologist-level understanding of weather to be a good pilot-though to judge from some of the educational materials out there, you might think so. Skew-T diagrams and moist adiabatic lapse rates are all well and good, but for the most of us it's the practical stuff that matters.

With that in mind, our new seminar is aimed at bolstering your real-world weather wisdom-and having a little fun, too. As with our recent "Chart Challenge" seminar, we'll put your knowledge to the test, quizzing you on everything from METAR/TAF decoding to real-world weather scenarios. Along the way we'll cover:

• The most important weather resources for pilots

• Critical tie-ins with risk management and decision making

• Weather-related accidents that didn't need to happen

• The promise (and pitfalls) of cockpit weather

For more information on seminar locations and dates, visit us at www.airsafetyinstitute.org/seminars
or call[masked]-3101.

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  • Natasha F.

    I agree with Andrew. The trouble is that they need to make the information accessible to all levels, from student pilot all the way up the ranks. I took the ATP written exam on 31 Jul 2013 (passed) and for that I had to review all of the prog charts, etc. (Once again, there is no "Post" button for me to reply to his post. Must be a browser issue."

    September 25, 2013

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    Great class. Way too short.

    September 24, 2013

    • Andrew D.

      I think they tend to be afraid of delving into the real nuts and bolts of weather and weather data interpretation, but stuck with a more routine weather review which is a still good, but I think the audience probably could have handled more depth. I liked the quiz structure though - keeps you attentive!

      1 · September 25, 2013

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    Even though really brief, it was great meeting the "new" meetup friends I hadn't met before. And, it was great seeing my "old" meetup buddies. I hope we all can make a lazy day fly-in soon to get better aquanted and talk shop. Class was great but, way too short IMO. Andrew. Great meeting you and yes. Those hot wings are the bomb!

    I took some candid pictures of those of you seated in front, behind and to the side of me. I'll post them within a day or so. Natasha = Lucky. A great free class and a free hat. I'm jealous.

    September 24, 2013

  • Natasha F.

    It was great to meet everyone tonight!

    I'm a commercial ASEL instrument rated pilot & can be your safety pilot if you need one while I"m still in the area...let me know!

    --Natasha

    September 24, 2013

    • Cynde P.

      Good refresher and also learned some new things since private pilot a year and a half ago. Made me re-think some decisions. Good to see you!

      September 24, 2013

  • Andrew D.

    Good wings!

    September 24, 2013

  • Cynde P.

    Good review and new information. Informative and fun!

    September 24, 2013

  • Natasha F.

    I won a hat! :-)

    3 · September 24, 2013

  • Gregory P.

    Looking forward to meeting you all, I plan on arriving at about 1800, i will look for the orange shirt man!

    September 24, 2013

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    Hey all. It's great to see we have 9 RSVP's, including our newest member, Cynde from Sacto who joined today and jumped right in.

    I'll be heading out shortly. My plan is to meet up with a local buddy at RJ's (inside the hotel) between[masked] for some chit-chat and appetizers. Basically, kill some time until the class starts at 1900.

    I have flown with and met a couple of you but, the majority I haven't. If you want to meetup before the class, just head to RJ's and look me inside. I'll be the one wearing the very loud, international orange Tommy Bahama shirt that you can't miss even if you wanted to.

    See ya!

    September 24, 2013

  • Cynde P.

    My first meet up! Glad to join the group. I fly out of KSAC. Just getting started on my IFR so I can get out of this valley with all the fog or at least get into Monterey :)

    1 · September 24, 2013

    • Mark N.

      Working on my IFR too. I fly out of Lodi but been doing some of my approaches out is ksac. If u need a safety pilot let me know. Hope to see you tonight.

      September 24, 2013

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    Yay. I was able to move my plans from Tuesday to later in the week. I guess I'll be having hot wings with Andrew and Mark. 1730 sound good Andrew and Mark?

    September 21, 2013

    • Mark N.

      Might be a little closer to 1800. I'll see you then.

      1 · September 21, 2013

    • Tony "Skippy" A.

      No worries. I'll save you a (1) hot wing.

      September 21, 2013

  • Natasha F.

    Who validates parking, the bar? Can anyone confirm?
    I doubt AOPA will validate. They have not for other FS seminars I've attended in other locations.

    (Weird that I couldn't post this as a reply to Tony like Mark & Tony did.)

    September 21, 2013

    • Tony "Skippy" A.

      That is weird Natasha because, I just replied to you. But to answer your question. Yes, the bar will validate and I believe the the front desk will too if you tell them your attending the class.

      September 21, 2013

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    I'm still working on recusing myself from that Tuesday's activities but, yes. The hot wings are worth showing up early for. PS: If you park in the hotels parking lot. Make sure you TAKE YOUR TICKET WITH YOU! Someone inside the seminar or the hotel should be able to validate it for you.

    September 20, 2013

    • Mark N.

      Free parking on the street. That's what I always do.

      September 20, 2013

    • Tony "Skippy" A.

      I'm with you Mark but, a few times I've been zonked because of the apartments across the street.

      September 20, 2013

  • LuAnne

    Hey! Natasha and Iwill skip the wings but can meet y'all at 6:30 to say 'hi' and get a drink.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Andrew D.

    I could get there at 5:30/6:00 if the wings are that good!

    September 20, 2013

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    Shoot. I have something going on Tuesday. But since I see Sacto looks like the place to be for the seminar, I'm going to see if I can get out of my prior engagement. On a side note. The Doubletree plays host to RJ's Happy Hour Sports Bar, who in my opinion, have some of the best hot wings on the planet (http://www.yelp.com/biz/rjs-happy-hour-club-sacramento#hrid:ZyMiUACDGGvbTSmXRd3UJA/src:self).

    September 18, 2013

    • Mark N.

      Well if you want to meet a little earlier I'm game.

      September 18, 2013

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