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Aviation Weather

The Minnesota Weather Access System (MnWAS) is comprised of computers at airports across Minnesota for pilots to use to obtain weather briefings. The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics provides these computers and utilizes this page to provide links to online weather briefing tools which pilots may find useful when obtaining weather information. Please remember to log off any website which requires a login after you are finished.

To report an issue with a MnWAS computer, provide feedback, or suggest a link to be added please take this survey, call our office at 800-657-3922, or email Michael Hartell at michael.hartell@state.mn.us.

To speak with a weather briefer or to contact Flight Service via phone, call 1-800-WX-BRIEF

What makes an airport "Minnesota nice"? We want your input

We took a survey of pilots in the winter of 2013-2014 to find out what their needs and priorities were when flying during the winter. These results helped us focus our efforts on training and outreach initiatives for airport managers, including the development of new e-learning courses.
This year, we're looking for your input on what makes an airport a welcome place to visit. Take our survey on airport hospitality and tell us what features, amenities, and services are important to you. We'll communicate the results with airport managers and use it as we encourage them to find ways to meet the needs of the pilots and passengers who use their airports. The survey should take less than 10 minutes. Please feel free to forward it to your pilot friends and ask them to provide their input as well. Please select this link to take the survey

Airport Directory and Travel Guide:

Want to view or download the Minnesota Airport Directory and Travel Guide on your computer, iPad, or other electronic device? Learn more about using viewing the Directory on your iPad.

Flight Planning and Briefing Services:

Lockheed Martin Flight Services – An FAA-sponsored flight planning and weather briefing service. Requires user to have a login and password or establish a free account.

FltPlan.com – A commercial flight planning and weather briefing service. Requires user to have a login and password or establish a free account.

SkyVector – A flight planning and aeronautical chart reference website.

Aviation Weather and Briefing Information:

AllMetSat – METARs, TAFs, satellite, and lightning information plus storm tracks and airport information for airports around the world.

Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) – National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center providing aviation weather through text and graphics.

AvnWx.com Aviation Weather – Weather and flight planning information displayed on a map with user-selected layers including radar, various weather products, airspace, and TFRs.

FAA Graphic TFRs – Search for TFRs by state or center and display as a graphic.

FAA Pilot Web – NOTAM and TFR information.

National Weather Service – National Weather Service weather information.

National Weather Service Forecast Offices
Twin Cities - https://www.weather.gov/mpx/office
Duluth - https://www.weather.gov/dlh//dlh

Non-Aviation Weather:


The Weather Channel

Other Useful Links:

AirNav – Airport and FBO information.

Airport IQ 5010 – Information about airports from information submitted through airport inspections.

eAPIS – Customs and Border Protection website providing access to required electronic manifest submission for flights entering or departing the United States.


FAA Safety Team – Safety seminars, WINGS Program information, find online courses, and other aviation safety information.

FAA MedXPress – Access to FAA online application for medical. All medical applications starting October 1, 2012 must be processed through this website by the applicant and medical examiner.

FlightAware – Flight tracking.

IACRA – Integrated Airmen Certification and Rating Application – Web-based application process for the FAA airmen application process.

US Aviation Hazard Advisory System – Information about risk of bird collisions in a searchable database.

Aviation Weather on Cable - Comcast Channel 244:

Comcast has added TPT aviation weather programming to its lineup. Fans of aviation weather programming can now view TPT on Comcast’s channel 244. TPT broadcasts aviation weather programming 24-7 without interruption.

Aviation Weather Available to Larger Area:

Twin Cities Public Television has moved Aviation Weather to a new, more powerful transmitter. The increase in transmitted power from 50kW to 375kW makes Aviation Weather available over a larger area. With the change in transmitters, Aviation Weather moved from channel 2.3 to channel 2.4. You will need to re-scan to begin receiving Aviation Weather on channel 2.4 if you do not already do so. For more information contact Kathy Vesely at kathyvesely@state.mn.us.