Generalized departure/destination airports (wrongly left EDDF and LEBL)
== Prerequisites: getting charts and checking the weather and NOTAMs ==
# The first thing you will need to do is to [[Getting aeronautical charts|get aeronautical charts]] for the departure and arrival airports.
# You should then check the weather at
LEBL and at EDDF: this is done by [http://aviationweather.gov/adds/metars/ retrieving the latest METAR] for the airports. The METAR is a text string summarizing weather conditions of particular interest to pilots (like winds, visibility, cloud layers). Discussing in detail the structure of a METAR is beyond the scope of this page; you can refer to the [http://vateud.net/pilot-material/meteorology VATEUD training pages], or just use a [http://www.skystef.be/metar-decoder.htm METAR decoder].
# Then, [https://www.notams.faa.gov/dinsQueryWeb/ check the NOTAMs] (Notices to Airmen) for the origin and destination airports to get an updated list of potential hazards/procedural changes. Pay particular attention to closed runways/taxiways.