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Weather To Fly for Sport Pilots with Paul Hamilton

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"Get Smarter Each Time You Fly!"TM

With this DVD and booklet, learn to weigh pilot capabilities and aircraft limitations against the weather in the ultimate decision of “whether to fly.”

Sport Pilots fly lower and slower than General Aviation pilots, so weather plays a critical factor in your flying. This straightforward and beautiful presentation features time-lapsed cinematography of cloud formations, in-air footage, and animations. This DVD simplifies complex weather concepts as well as illustrates consequences of pilot judgement in a 5-step system specific

to Sport Pilots and light-sport aircraft operations. You will learn to forecast local conditions, interpret weather information accurately, make better decisions about “whether to fly,” and learn to see trends – so you “get smarter each time you fly.”

This is a much needed instructional DVD on pilot weather and meteorology. Flight Instructor, Paul Hamilton, takes you through a simple 5-step system specific to Sport Pilots flying weight-shift trikes, powered parachutes, fixed wing ultralight and light sport aircraft to show where to acquire weather data and how to interpret it.

The "Weather To Fly" system takes pilot capabilities plus aircraft limitations and weights them against the weather in the ultimate decision of "whether to fly".

Flight instructor, Paul Hamilton, takes you through a simple step-by-step process that is easy to follow. You will learn about regional and local influences on weather in a straight-forward presentation.

You will be able to forecast local conditions yourself and interpret weather information accurately to develop a clear mental picture of the conditions that may affect your flight.

Time lapsed cinematography of cloud formations, in-air footage, and animation is used to simplify complex weather concepts, as well as, illustrate consequences of pilot judgement.

After a brief introduction, you begin with "The Global Energy Engine - How the weather starts". This gives a global view of the hot and cold air masses, air currents, and weather patterns. This provides the basis for the "Big Picture" of weather and lays the foundation for your understanding of weather.

Then you move to the "Weather To Fly" system. The 5 step process guides you in select appropriate weather conditions for safer and more enjoyable flights.

  • Introduction (The Global Energy Engine)
  • Step One - "Information Resources Preparation" (Regional Weather, Local Conditions & Upper Air, Sport Pilot Briefing) You learn where to get the best weather information. The internet site www.WeatherToFly.com is one of the great weather resources covered.
  • Step Two - "Observing Your Local Weather" (Clouds, Terrain, Wind & Gusts) You learn how to observe conditions at your local site. The section on clouds, terrain, and wind provide the tools. Typical local characteristics for mountains, deserts, marine, and other types of terrain are discussed. The Sport Pilot 1-800 WX-Brief is also covered.
  • Step Three - "Whether to Fly?" (Compare Aircraft/Pilot Capabilities to the Weather, Evaluate Physical Condition & Mental Attitude) You learn how important it is to compare your aircraft limitations and pilot capabilities to the weather conditions. Physical condition, mental attitude, as well as, the pressure to fly from family, friends, and ourselves are discussed.
  • Step Four - "The Flight" (Flight Planning, Instruments, Flight Techniques) Takes you through flight planning and pre-flight with the emphasis on weather considerations. You'll get some great tips on using your instruments, including your GPS, to measure horizontal wind and vertical air currents. Safety issues relating to weather are discussed.
  • Step Five - "The Analysis" (Flight Conditions, Events, Predictions, Feedback, Determine Trends & Patterns) This is where you compare your flight to the predictions you made prior to your flight. Here is where you learn how to develop your understanding of the air you choose to fly in. Making note of your observations and any trends or patterns for future reference helps you "get smarter each time you fly".

Producer, Paul Hamilton's Comments

This program is packed with useful details with a comprehensive view of the basics and practical applications that you can use immediately. Expert pilots will be able to follow all points in their first viewing, while newer pilots may view it a number of times to full grasp all of the concepts. Our goal was to make this program beneficial for new, as well as, experienced pilots.

Using the principles presented in Weather To Fly, you can make better decisions about "whether to fly". Track your flight history and educating yourself for future flights by having an easy reference to past conditions and the quality of the flight you had. See trends that you might not have seen if you hadn't had documentation. Try to "get smarter each time you fly".

Special DVD features

  • Main feature total running time 01:20:12
  • Scene selection
  • Movie trailers
  • Digitally mastered
  • Interactive menus
  • English digital audio

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Paul's Recommendation

Paul Hamilton, CFI, DPE

Paul Hamilton
Filmmaker, Flight Instructor, Author


This is a comprehensive program on Weather for lighter aircraft. This is great for the student pilot learning to fly and any pilot who wants to know more about flying weather conditions.


The Weather To Fly system helps you look at the big weather picture to understand how it will affect your flight locally. Weather To Fly makes it easy to understand how weather works and helps you to become a smarter pilot.

The DVD presents the Weather to Fly system for pilots with three sections...Flight Preparation, The Flight, and Analysis. In Flight Preparation you will learn how to gather the necessary regional weather, local conditions, upper air conditions, and site observations at the air field. From these you learn how important it is to document your weather observations and predictions and make a decision of whether to fly or not.

Once you choose to fly, you will learn how to document the flight...hopefully using the ”Sport Pilot Logbook". Then, in the Analysis section, you will learn to do the all important evaluation and comparison of the prediction to the flight along with remarks on the procedures, maneuvers, and instructor observations.

You will learn that if you're faithful with your documentation, you will begin to see patterns and consistencies to the weather conditions. And, you will become more proficient at predicting the type of a flight your going to have based on the weather conditions you observe and the predictions you make. You will "Get Smarter Each Time You Fly" ™.


I typically recommend a student pilot view this DVD near the end of the first stage of learning to fly and after the student has had 4 to 5 hours of training. Because, after the student has been out a number of times, they have better concept of how the air "feels" during flight and the weather that caused it.

This DVD is also useful for the student who is attending ground school before their flight lessons begin.

I have to warn you, this DVD is filled with so much information, many students tell me they watch it 10 times to really comprehend all the material presented. The accompanying workbook provides questions on the basics of weather and flying to help with the retention of the information.


You can watch the DVD player at home, office or flight training facility.


Pilot weather is something that all pilots need to become proficient at. Viewing this DVD and answering the questions in the accompanying book is a course requirement for the first stage of learning to fly in the Paul Hamilton Pilot Training System.

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  1. Weather to fly 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Apr 2020

    I enjoyed the presentation of the information. It was not drawn out and was very to the point. Some things I knew, some information was fresh for me. Picked up some new ways to find the weather information I need to help me make decisions for flying.

  2. weather to fly 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Aug 2019

    Very good useful information is based on the older LSA market but is full of good information. I learned a lot from this video.