• Tutorial: Winds Aloft Forecasts

    Tutorial: Winds Aloft Forecasts

    By thecorporatepilotdad

    Understanding weather is an important part of flying. thecorporatepilotdad, a real world corporate pilot, offers a tutorial on winds aloft forecasts, where they can be found, and how to read each type of chart. Even though this is made with the use of official sources, it is meant for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane, or any flight simulator.

    Websites for finding winds aloft charts are shown along with explanations of wind vector barbs, textual winds aloft charts, as well as winds aloft for the rest of the world.

    To find winds aloft forecasts in textual and graphical presentations in the United States go here.

    For international winds aloft go here.

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    About The Author

    This video is produced by thecorporatepilotdad. He has been a FlightSim.Com member for close to twenty years and using Flight Simulator since back in the day of FS98 and FS2000. He is also a professional pilot with over 7000 hours of real world flight experience ranging from Cessna 152s to super-mid size business jets.

    About Aviation Weather Center

    The Aviation Weather Center delivers consistent, timely and accurate weather information for the world airspace system. We are a team of highly skilled people dedicated to working with customers and partners to enhance safe and efficient flight.

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    2 Comments
    1. lnuss's Avatar
      lnuss -
      Nicely done tutorial. Love the pointers/boxes you highlighted things with, too. I wasn't aware that winds tended to reduce above 400 (I learned something new), and had forgotten about the "flags" and a couple of other details, so thanks for the reminders.
    1. thecorporatepilotdad's Avatar
      thecorporatepilotdad -
      They normally do get weaker above 40,000 but not always. Just a few days the winds were stronger above FL400 than they were at FL360. Who would have thought the weather would prove someone wrong? Glad you enjoyed the video!
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