Ingo Noka

Not flying in the rain …

In Flight Log on January 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

The weather has been dismal for the last few days.  Nevertheless, I got out of bed at 5 a.m. to be at the club for an 8 a.m. flight with Charlie Foxtrot.  Looking out of the window and following the rain radars and METAR/TAF on teh Internet started to show a picture that kept me from leaving the house.  This was the very first time I saw a Johor METAR with “Clouds at 400 feet AGL”.    This means the cloud basically scrape  the ground and there is no way I would be taking off in these conditions.  Well, it would take me at least 2 hours to go to Senai, and I really wasn’t in the mood to go without at least a modest chance of flying.  So I kept haunting our apartment (my wife was commenting!) walking from one window to the other peering out into the dark to judge the weather.  Eventually I decided to stay home and sent a message to Captain Singh, who confirmed that there was no way I would be flying that day.  That somehow made me happy.  I know that the saying goes “Better to be on the ground wishing you were up there, than being up there wishing to be on the ground.”, but I would still have the feeling of a missed opportunity to fly if the weather had become better.

  1. Thanks for the link.
    However, the TAF seems to be out of date when you search Malaysian airports. METAR is more up to date than TAF…

    • I don’t know what the actual rules for updating TAFs in Malaysia might be, but from observation i believe it works as follows: METARs are update at the top of every hour, while a TAF has a certain validity period (24 hours in Malaysia) and as far as I can tell, is only updated a once every 24 hours for the respective next validity period. Shorter trends may lead to more frequent updates in the TEMPO section of the TAF.
      I haven’t checked whether TAFs are always available for the current validity period, but the TAFs for Malaysian airports hold very little surprises anyway.

  2. What software / website do you use for getting the METAR & TAF?

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