February 2000 Issue

Buck-a-Shot Weather

Although we like the notion of paying for a good briefing via the Web, none of the current offerings deliver impressive value.


With flight service stations as scarce as hensí teeth and a computer on nearly every pilotís desk, delivery of pre-flight weather information has been revolutionized over the past five years.

Thereís lots of free online information out there, but thereís also a burgeoning industry in subscription weather service sites that purport to provide more and better data than you can otherwise get.

Are they worth it? Or is this just another rat-hole down which you can pour money better squirreled away for an overhaul reserve? We evaluated six pay-for-use pilot weather sites and our conclusion is that none of them are must-haves.

The Lay of the Land
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