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Aviation Weather

If you know anything about me, you'll know that I earn my money as a writer and spend my money as a pilot. (There's an old saying: To make a million dollars in aviation, start with two million.) So imagine how happy I was to find a widget designed for pilots: Aviation Weather (see Figure 2).

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Figure 2 The Aviation Weather widget.

This simple widget displays Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) and Meteorological Terminal Aviation Routine Weather Reports (METARs) from the National Weather Service (NWS). Although it comes with a disclaimer that the information should not be used for flight planning, that's just the programmer's lawyer talking. This is the real information, updated as indicated at the bottom of the widget.

You configure the widget on its back side. That's where you enter the ICAO identifier for the airport that interests you, select a weather source (normally the National Weather Service, at least for U.S. pilots), specify whether you want raw or translated data, and choose a measurement system (U.S. or metric).

Aviation Weather is by Pascal Dreer, who tells me that a future version, which should be available shortly, will allow you to save a few default locations.

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