Added on: December 16, 2015
A terminal aerodrome forecast (TAF) is perhaps the most difficult forecast any meteorologist will ever make. What pilots don’t realize, however, is that a TAF is sometimes filled to the brim with assumptions and overflows with meteorological risk. Forecasters are obliged to draw a hard line in the sand when building the TAF. But, in the forecaster’s mind it’s not as black and white as the resulting coded text appears. But, you’d never know that by reading the TAF unless you had a discussion with the meteorologist that issued the forecast. And that’s the beauty of the area forecast discussion or AFD. In this workshop, we will take a close look at the AFD and why it is a useful tool for your routine preflight planning.