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Preflight Briefings


A Standard Briefing includes complete weather and aeronautical information for flight planning. Pilots request a Standard Briefing when the flight will occur within six hours of the briefing. A Standard Weather Briefing includes:

Abbreviated Briefing

Pilots request an Abbreviated Briefing to supplement or update previously received information. Here are three examples of situations where an Abbreviated Briefing will work to a pilot's advantage:

Weather information was received from one of the other briefing outlets, such as the Telephone Information Briefing Service (TIBS) menu received by dialing 1-800-WX-BRIEF (1-800-992-7433), or other sources. Supplemental information is needed to complete preflight planning, such as NOTAMS, air traffic delays, or an updated destination forecast. The briefer needs the background information and the time the earlier information was received.

The important point about an Abbreviated Briefing is what it does not do: it does not provide a complete weather picture of the route of flight. It should never be used as a shortcut for a standard briefing. An Abbreviated Briefing can save time if the pilot received a Standard Briefing. 

Outlook Briefing

When the Estimated Time of Departure is more than six hours away, the pilot should request an Outlook Briefing. After receiving the background information, the briefer will provide forecast data applicable to the proposed flight.

If any portion of any briefing is unclear to the pilot, The pilot should stop the briefer and get the point clarified. General questions should be saved until the end of the briefing.

Before the flight a flight plan is filed with the FSS or AFSS.

Flight Plan Image

If the flight plan is for VFR flight the pilot must close the flight plan on arrival.