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International Flight Planning Feeling Like Unfamiliar Territory? These Nine Tips Will Help

International Flight Planning Feeling Like Unfamiliar Territory? These Nine Tips Will Help

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As a flight planner or dispatcher, you’re no stranger to detail and change. Whether it’s routing, weather, NOTAMS, fuel, air traffic, regulations, etc. you’re used to creating one smooth flight from many moving parts. Planning regional or national flights—regardless of where you operate—have their own challenges. But if you rarely plan international trips, or are facing your first, the added level of complexity can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be. Just keep these nine tips in mind when planning your next international flight.

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Five Ways You Can Better Forecast Global Weather

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If you work in aviation, you likely know The Weather Channel’s (TWC) personality line-up as well as you know the starters for your favorite sports team. For most, TWC is a great place to start planning for a U.S. trip that’s days out, or keeping on top of North American weather. But flying globally requires a longer and perhaps broader view of the weather. In addition to your favorite weather information sources: briefings; satellite images; METAR/TAF reports; winds aloft, icing, turbulence and precipitation forecasts; etc., you might consider adding these to your global weather forecasting resources.

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Ensemble Prediction System

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Even the most seasoned business aviation flight crews pay heed when they hear they’re flying abroad. Yes, there are support systems, processes, and other resources to help manage the man-made uncertainties of global flight operations—regulations, ground handling, fly over permits, etc. But no one has yet figured out how to successfully manage the most unpredictable part of any flight—weather. Until now.

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