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Flight planning resources

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Available resources


Flight planning


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  • FAA FNS NOTAM Search – Current and historical NOTAM information.
  • Defense Internet NOTAM Service (DINS) - DINS pulls and displays all NOTAMs received by the FAA US NOTAM Office, DINS users need to be aware that DINS may not have received all NOTAMs for a specific location.

Flight planning and briefing services

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

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

Aviation weather and briefing information

  • Aviation Weather Center (AWC) – National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center providing aviation weather through text and graphics.
  • Flight Service – An FAA-sponsored flight planning and weather briefing service. Requires user to have a login and password or establish a free account.
  • Windy.com - Interactive weather forecasting services focusing on wind animation, and includes other basic meteorological parameters such as temperature, pressure, relative humidity, cloud base and additional panels with more advanced data.
  • FAA Weather Cams - Aviation weather camera imagery, aviation and weather data, flight planning and weather monitoring tools, and other resources for pilots.
  • MnDOT 511 - real-time road and traffic information on all Minnesota interstates and highways. View live traffic cameras and check on road construction.
  • FAA Graphic TFRs – Search for TFRs by state or center and display as a graphic.
  • 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.
  • AllMetSat – METARs, TAFs, satellite, and lightning information plus storm tracks and airport information for airports around the world.

Non-aviation weather

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
  • 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 Michael Hartell at michael.hartell@state.mn.us.