I’ve had two flying sessions cancelled and have another one scheduled soon, I’m worried that it’ll be cancelled again due to weather and wanted some clarification on what causes it to be cancelled, if it helps it’s in the grob tutor rather than Viking t1.
The weather on the day will:
have winds up to 11 mph but mostly at about 7
have a temperature at around 15°C
rain a bit at 16:00 and then a bit again at 18:00
and according to apple weather have a visibility at around 15 miles
This may be over the top but I just want to manage expectations as my chances to fly are very limited due to my late joining age.
Note - a military forecaster won’t be using Apple weather; as you can see, Wittering doesn’t have a TAF issued for today yet.
The visibility might be great at 15 miles, but if the cloud base is solid at only 500 ft - guess what, no flying, normally aiming for “Visual Flight Rules” weather.
Other “no fly” factors would include freezing conditions (need to de-ice the aircraft & runway), fog, & strong winds (think it is more for a parachute landing consideration rather than aircraft crosswind limit).
As @MikeJenvey says, ‘civilian’ weather forecasts like smartphone apps don’t always reflect the things which matter for flying, which are typically:
cloudbase - too low, no flying; lowish, flying but staying in the aerodrome circuit; not so bad - flying but no aerobatics
visibility - anywhere below 6000m starts to cause an issue, though I don’t know what the AEF limits are and they may be different at different sites due to local hazards
wind strength, gusts and crosswind - the latter is less of a problem with multiple runways but typically it’s only the AEF who are limited by this, so the RAF doesn’t maintain cross runways (e.g. Benson) any more
significant weather hazards e.g. cumulonimbus with updraughts, hail, lightning
Get the Weather Pro app (free version) and learn to read a TAF. (Although Weather Pro will decode them for you, it’s a skill worth having.) Whenever flying for my cadets is cancelled, I send them the TAF and talk them through it. At least they learn something!