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Beyond The HEMS Tool

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Author: Weatherman   Date: 2/2/2019 11:16:18 AM  +0/-0   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

The HEMS tool is experimental and not to be used as a sole source for go decisions. It can only be used for a no go decision if conflicting with other official sources. 

The Aviation discussion is another great tool to use. Thanks for bringing that up. Definitely something you should check periodically to get an overview of the weather. 

It really doesnt take more than 30 seconds - 1min to look at a few of the functions of the GFA to make a VFR decision, especially since you already looked at the discussion, TAFs, and METARs at the beginning of your shift and have a good idea of the weather outlook for your shift. SPIFR takes a little longer and you need to look at a few other things like freezing levels, icing, etc. No one says you have to spend 5 minutes looking at this stuff, but your defensive attitude leads me to believe you don’t understand how to use the other tools available such as the GFA and you are relying on the HEMS tool because it is easy to look at a map with colors. I know for sure there are pilots who base their go decision 100% on the HEMS tool, even in marginal weather. This is foolish and will catch up to you.  We sit around much of the day with nothing to do, spend a little of that time improving yourself as a pilot. 

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Beyond The HEMS Tool +14/-0 Weatherman 2/2/2019 1:59:43 AM