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If I’m not near an airport, how can I check the METAR report prior to my drone flight operation?

METAR reports give weather forecasts for the area near the airport.

If you’re not located near an airport, this report wouldn’t be that helpful.

We like using a (free) app called UAV Forecast which provides the current weather information for the area where you are actually located. It shows visibility, wind speed and gusts, and provides a onscreen notice when winds are 20 mph or greater. One other feature that is helpful is the ‘wind profile’ which informs you of the wind speed and gust speed at various altitudes. As you might imagine, wind speeds can vary quite bit from take-off height up to 400 ft. AGL.

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