How To Read Winds Aloft Reports

Jax Winds Aloft report for 18,000ft “781245” Say what? How the heck do I decode that? Sometimes as a pilot I feel like a medical coder. Or better yet my wife who codes PHP (web-based programming language) for a living and tries to explain it all to me.

Yet I guess we’re all guilty of having our own language in aviation. METAR’s TAF’s and now i’m showing you how to decode FD’s that’s a fancy way of saying Winds and Temperature Aloft Forecast.

The only problem with our fancy aviation language… It seems like each chart, table, and text shares a lot of differences with some of the other stuff. However they do share some commonalities as well.

Anyways I’m done rambling lets cut to the video 🙂

  • Fernando Russek

    Hello Jason
    Thanks for your help
    Why do  they put a 7, instead of just putting a 2?

  • Anonymous

    That’s to show that the winds are over 100kts they can’t fit any extra numbers on there so they decided to add a 7 and make you subtract 5 from it then add 100 to the 2 digit wind speed

    Gotta love top secret aviation code 🙂


  • Adam Sechrest

    Enjoyed the video, Jason.  Wouldn’t mind some more videos focused on resources to check the weather before flights.

    P.S. – I am a student in training at KPIE in Clearwater, about 15 hours in but training slowly due to time/money constraints.  Maybe I can hire you for a flight if I’m ever in the area!  Been a lurker on your website for some time.

  • Anonymous

    Of course man! Come on up to X35 anytime… my only rule is I have to make a video of our flight and chances are i’ll post it! hahah


  • Thomas

    Good info! 🙂  I use this everytime I go flying. It tells me approximately what to expect. Sometimes, you can plan a route to make use of the winds at different altitudes.

    Is there a way to have this feed into a gps unit? That way flight planning could be more automated. I’d also like to have a printout to write down actual times to each way point.



  • Michael Daugherty

    FD will also give you an idea of possible wind shear and turbulence. Also remember that winds are true. Thanks for all your video.

  • Marck Cargo

     Very informative article it is, video clip is so so so impressive. Like the way presentation given by you.
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  • Anonymous

    Great point thanks so much Mike!


  • Anonymous

    Thanks Marck

  • Cs_lol

    fuck you

  • Rich Pickett

    Nice video, however there is one error.  You reference the station (e.g. BLH, FAT) as ‘over the BLH airport’.  While the Blythe VOR and airport are co-located, the station actually refers to the VOR not the airport.

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