European Weather Links


Windyty has become a very comprehensive weather site, 'reaching parts that other sites fail to reach|' In particular it gives predictions of cloudbase and visibility as well as rain, wind pressure and a host of other factors. I strongly reccommend finding your way around the site. Clicking on the Wind symbol at top right brings up a list of choices to display on the map. 'Other layers' offers Cloud base and Visibilityas well as much more. Clicking on any point on the mapgives you a value for that place and the down arrow next to that value opens up aforecast for that place. You can move the timing of the map with the bar at its base.

TAFs & METARs Current Weather and Short Term Forecasts

XC Weather
Decoded Metars + forecasts for most of Europe. Brilliant!

Decoded TAFs & Metars + VFR/IFR mapping.  Brilliant!

UK Metoffice Suface pressure charts  x 4 days. For forms
214, 215, 414, 415, TAFs & Metars. Registration necessary.

Metars & TAFs coded for IMC/VMC on background of good charts, worldwide.

Excellent new 3/7 detailed prediction of rainfall, cloud cover and wind.

Rainfall Radar

Excellent Rain Radar for all Europe + 3/7 predictions.

Detailed Rain Radar for UK & Channel.

Met Office

Choose rainfall site (also synoptic chart and 7/7 forecast)


Excellent lightning display for Europe & N Africa.

Lightning combined with satellite cloud cover.


Has Cloud Top heights and lightning for Europe

Satellite Pictures

Colour Europe & N Africa.


Black & White Europe + other charts



Scroll down  for Icing info, Turbulence and other data


Windyty gives most comprehensive predictions worldwide

Predictions for UK Other countries at RASP


Predictions for next week + other information


Windyty gives  comprehensive 10 day predictions

Sea Temp

World Data

Seatemp Europe and individual countries

Graphical En Route Weather

Great new site with cloud base and depth, winds ,precipitation and lots more on your chosen route. Click Gramet Aero on left.

Longer Term Weather

Passage Weather
Excellent 7 day wind forecasts worldwide.

7 day synoptic & rain forecast UK, Europe and world.

9 day European Synoptic forecast.

PS Meteostar
16 day forecasts for european airfield.

Excellent new site giving 10/7 wind , rain, cloud base, cloud tops and visibility predictions for whole world.



David Joyce

David Joyce

The Europa has proved to be the perfect touring plane for me, and I have derived immense satisfaction from the many Europa Club trips I have been on round Europe, so it was a pleasure to become Trips Coordinator and look after future trips.

Flying Experience

Many hours of flying models in my youth! 25 years of gliding, flying 30 different gliders. 1250 hours over 17 years PPL-A & TMG in 21 types of powered plane. Owned Falke and RS4 motorgliders. Five years and 132 hours of glider tugging (an awful lot of take off and landings!) in Pawnee, Bellanca Scout and Cub – all tail draggers. Have much enjoyed doing Mountain/Altiport rating and aerobatics (AOPA certificate). Of the 50+ types of aircraft I have flown only the RS4 and my DG300 glider come close to equalling the Europa for sheer flying pleasure!

Special Skills/Experience

Not a lot that one can talk about in polite company (much of my working life was devoted to getting 10,000 women pregnant!) I do have some aptitude and special tools for doing things in confined spaces!

Aircraft, and Current Status

Kit 402, work began 1 Jan 1999, having retired the night before. With background in gliding & tail-daggers it had to be a mono, and no regrets since. Did absolutely everything myself except spray the gel coat on. Finished Spring 2002, and 800+ hrs flown since. Have flown it to 20+ countries. Built a 115 litre long range tank and did a major uprate of panel in preparation for flying to Australia in 2009, but that plan shelved when my son developed Motor Neurone Disease. Have since had a number of exciting trips with him including to the North Cape.