This school assignment assumes I am a helicopter pilot and am required to make aeronautical decisions. The professor proposes certain information and criteria and I have to decide if I take the flight or not.
The rationale for asking
I have searched for some METAR on here and official FAA websites, but I can’t really find an answer that properly answers what I have in mind. I don’t have aeronautical friends so I thought coming back to ask here is a logical solution.
KCLS 31008KT 280V350 8SM FEW 55 22/11
The above is the assigned weather information. From above, I can learn the following:
- Chehalis-Centralia Airport
- Wind from 310, 8 knots
- Wind variable between 280 and 350
- Visibility 8 miles
- Few clouds
- Temp 22, dewpoint 11.
My question lies with FEW 55. In all documents and information provided here, the numbers after sky condition are denoted with 3 figures at all times. In this scenario, its FEW 55. Logically, I can assume the information to be FEW 055 and take it that clouds are few around 5,500 feet.
However, this being an aeronautical decision assignment, I have to make a stand on why and why not. Making an assumption is also a terrible human factor. I want to know if FEW 55 is considered an acceptable norm or that it is technically incorrect (and that I should clarify).