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GA Pilots Urged To Prepare For Weather

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The FAA and GA advocacy groups have teamed up to support an eight-month-long national safety campaign about weather challenges. The project, called "Got Weather?", aims to help pilots better prepare for dealing with weather they may encounter during the year's busiest flying season. Federal officials and leaders of GA groups kicked off the campaign on Sunday at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, in Anchorage. "Too many lives are lost each year in general aviation crashes related to weather," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at the show. "This campaign will help ensure that our general aviation pilots are prepared in the face of bad weather and are as safe and well-trained as possible."

The safety campaign will run through December and will feature a new weather topic each month on the project's website. Topics start with turbulence in May, and will also include thunderstorms, icing, crosswinds, weather resources for pilots and more. The website will feature fast facts about the topic and links to training videos, safety seminars, quizzes, proficiency programs, online training, case studies and more. The campaign partners will share materials, link to the website, and promote the campaign on social media. "Mother Nature's performance is capable of overriding forecasts and aircraft specifications," said Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Foundation. "The best preparation is a full understanding of what you're up against." Besides the main website, the campaign will run at #GotWx on Twitter, and on Facebook and YouTube.

The GA groups participating in the campaign include AOPA, Aircraft Electronics Association, American Electronics Association, EAA, FAA Safety Team, GA Joint Steering Committee, GAMA, Helicopter Association International, National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Association of Flight Instructors, NBAA, Soaring Society of America, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, University Aviation Association, and the U.S. Parachute Association.

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