Weather Theory for Pilots On-line Course

This program was created by the National Weather Association, who have authorized its reproduction and distribution.

You may also obtain the program directly from the National Weather Association by visiting their web site:


Weather Theory for Pilots is an interactive program designed to help General Aviation pilots better understand and apply weather theory and technologies to their flying activities. Although, specifically intended for new or low-time pilots, blocks and modules provide those without formal recurrent programs with refresher training in fundamental weather principles and their application to flight operations.

Instructions for downloading and setting up the blocks are at the bottom of this page.

The following blocks and modules are currently available

Block 1 - Introduction (29 min.)

• Introduction (8 min.)
• Moisture (5 min.)
• Vertical Motion (6 min.)
• Stability (10 min.)
Block 2 - Aircraft Performance (16 min.)
Block 3 - Application of Weather Theory (55 min.)

• Low Ceilings and Visibilities (16 min.)
• Fronts (10 min.)
• Altimetry (14 min.)
• Non-Convective Low-Level Wind Shear (12 min.)
Block 4 - Aviation Weather Forecasts

• Introduction
• The Area Forecast
• Weather Advisories
• Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts

Downloading and Setting Up the Training Modules for Blocks 2, and 3.

You may want to create a folder (or directory) on your computer for the Weather Theory course.
Click on the link for the module you want to download and "Save to Disk" placing it in the folder you created for the course.

You will need a program such as WinZip to extract the course into your folder. If you do not already have a program, this link at CNET download has a number of programs that can be used with compressed ("zipped") files:

Double-click the ".exe" file (for example, introduction.exe) to start the module.
The Readme File has instructions on using the module. The readme file can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat reader.

For Training Block 1 (Weather Theory) and Block 4 (Aviation Weather Forecasts), just click on the link and it will take you to the NWA web site.

 The National Weather Association identified a contact person for comments, suggestions, or questions. However, in the interest of reducing spam to that person, I have not reproduced his name and email address here. If you really want to send them a comment, then go to their web site ( and you can find the contact information there.