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IFR Cloud Surfing – Racing Storms – DA42 – TwinStar G1000 – ATC audio


Watch in HD and you can read the G1000 panel!
This was my first time truly cloud surfing, and it was awesome!
Thanks so much to Ali for inviting me along for this flight, and thanks to the weather gods for making it interesting 😛

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Here are some further details regarding the actual weather and our decision making process:

The TAF for London was noteworthy for light rain and marginal VFR conditions with ceilings of between 1500 to 3000 for the time we were expecting to be there but not much else. We experienced a real time demonstration of how fast things could change while airborne. Using G1000 satellite weather, Foreflight/Stratus weather on iPad, and ATC chatter from other planes in the area, we started developing a picture for what the weather was doing; and what it was doing was happening much faster than forecast. We concluded that even though we can make it to London before it got hit, a full stop landing and lunch as planned would ground us for an extended period of time. Shortly after us departing the area, the system hit London resulting in the need to issue 4 SPECI METAR’s within 1 hour. Although disappointed to change plans, as many of us would be under similar circumstances, Ali and I were glad with our correct assessment of a very fluid situation and our ability to make the correct calls and stick to them.

I want to thank several users from reddit/flying for helping me dig up the archival weather info to confirm the details for this video, as it was a couple months after the flight that I did the editing.
user: haykinson, and Michael Baumberger,
and from twitter:
@adamcanfly, and @larryoverstreet


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