I’m one of a small subset of people who makes crucial decisions based on weather forecasts. Among pilots, the weather is one of the most important and oft-discussed components of aviation. After all, weather mistakes can be fatal: an encounter with a building thunderstorm, a run-in with icing conditions, a chance meeting with wind shear at low altitudes. Pilots pay careful attention to the weather because their lives depend upon it. So naturally, I pay close attention to forecasts at all times of the year.
Last night I got a chance to fly again, the first time I was the flying pilot since February 14th. An instructor and I piled into my airplane for a ride to Tipton, then over to Martin State, and back to Gaithersburg. It had been a long time since I had done any kind of night landings; the FAA requires that pilots perform three landings at night to a full stop in order to carry passengers in the dark. My goal was to get current, and to gain some valuable experience.