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Wx Watch: Radar Revolution

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

Datalink weather information has revolutionized the way many of us think about weather and deal with in-flight weather decisions. With datalink information such as METARs and TAFs can be called up for studied review — there's no struggling with trying to write as fast as a flight-watch briefer speaks (though flight watch is still the official source for late-breaking weather updates and the sole source of such information for the thousands of us who aren't lucky enough to have datalink service).

Wx Watch: Squall-Line Lowdown

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

It's challenging enough to cope with "garden variety" thunderstorms, what with all the extra preflight weather research and in-flight monitoring that safe flying demands in the convective season. To all that, factor in other brands of convective activity that require as much, or more, vigilance (see "Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Midlevel Mayhem," page 66).

Wx Watch: The Eyes Have It

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Now that thunderstorm season is upon us, it's time to recall the prime directive for guaranteed storm-cell avoidance. It's a very important rule, and one that should be kept firmly in every general aviation pilot's mind, whether he or she is a neophyte or a grizzled high-timer with a logbook bulging with actual instrument time.

Wx Watch: Windwise

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

I once did a study of general aviation weather accidents for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. It had many goals, but one objective was determining which weather phenomenon caused the most accidents.

Wx Watch: Trough Talk

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Troughs are given short shrift in aviation weather courses, but they are major weathermakers. Not so much the troughs occurring at the surface (which are shown by dashed lines, colored brown on colorized surface analysis charts), but those aloft.

Wx Watch: Winter Warm Fronts

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Your preflight briefing mentions that a warm front is due to arrive along your planned route of flight. Oh joy, you may think, anticipating balmy temperatures, ice-free skies, and a smooth ride beneath a high overcast that conveniently eliminates that bothersome sun glare.

Wx Watch: Escaping the Frozen Zone

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Two must-see icing Web sites --> Let's say the worst has happened: You're picking up ice. In spite of following a careful preflight weather briefing checklist, in spite of checking all those TAFs, pireps, airmets, and everything pertinent on the many aviation weather Web sites, and despite all these sources indicating an ice-free trip, a layer of ice is beginning to adhere to your airplane.

Wx Watch: Icing on the Web

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

How times change. A mere 15 years ago, flight service was the gospel of aviation weather.

Wx Watch: Fall Surprise

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

September is a great time of year to review the basics of fog formation. Fall, in many parts of the United States, is often called "fog season" by meteorologists.

Wx Watch: History of a High

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

All pilots love high pressure. Highs give us the sunny skies, unlimited visibilities, and light surface winds that free us of weather worries and let us have our fun.

Wx Watch: Non-Frontal Passage

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

Anyone reading AOPA Pilot in the past few months must have surely noticed that this year's AOPA sweepstakes airplane is a 1965 Piper Twin Comanche. As the project's point man it's up to me to fly the "Win-A-Twin," as we call it, from one shop to the next for its refurbishment.

Wx Watch: Storm Season Insights

Article | May 01, 2004

We've all been there. You're at the airport or standing in your yard and you notice the dark, low-lying clouds rushing by on strong southerly winds.

Wx Watch: Skirting Sparks

Article | Apr 01, 2004

Despite the preponderance of datalink weather sources today, lightning detection gear still plays a critical role in weather avoidance. In fact, lightning detection equipment is probably the single most important and affordable piece of weather-avoidance gear you can buy.

Wx Watch: The Frontal Model

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

When it comes to understanding weather basics, it's always helpful to have a mental picture of the most important meteorological dynamics. One of the most helpful images to cultivate is the typical surface low-pressure complex.

Wx Watch: Airmet-Wise

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2004

Now that we're deep in winter's throes, we've all heard the standard-issue warnings about in-flight icing from flight service or our favorite Internet weather briefing sites. While airmets are mostly well founded, day after day of icing airmets is bound to make some of us doubt we'll ever be able to fly ice-free, or at least not until, say, May or June.

Wx Watch: The Wright Weather

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2003

"Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty-one miles longest 57 second inform press home Christmas Orville Wright." This famous century-old telegram from the Wright brothers to their father in Dayton may have been the world's first informal METAR. Right up front, where it ranks in importance, Orville emphasizes the wind's role in the historic first flights.

Wx Watch: Iced-Up Tails

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Twelve years ago, the FAA held the first of three conferences to discuss a sparsely documented icing hazard: tailplane icing. In this context, the term tailplane refers to either a conventional horizontal stabilizer-with-elevator arrangement, or an all-moving stabilator.

Wx Watch: Ice Flight

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

It's 5 a.m. Mountain time, and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) meteorologist Frank McDonough is on the telephone at his Boulder, Colorado, office.

Wx Watch: Wall-to-Wall IMC

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

As all pilots should know, widespread instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) are bad news. What's widespread? I don't know of any hard-and-fast definition, so let's use an area the size of a medium-size state — say, Pennsylvania — as an arbitrary lower limit of coverage.

Wx Watch: Air Blocks

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

Low pressure bad. High pressure good.

Wx Watch: Super Storms

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

When we think about thunderstorms, we often imagine an idealized representation of an air mass or frontal storm. You know, cauliflower tops, anvil clouds, scary radar signatures, one-hour life spans, and the other generalities and warnings that go with the adverse conditions associated with all convective storms.

Wx Watch: Storm Vision

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

Pilots have a built-in dread of inadvertently flying into thunderstorms. But there are some forecast tools that we should all be aware of — and use — in the convective season.

Wx Watch: Dawn Patrolling

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

Thunderstorm season has begun and, admit it or not, pilots fill with a certain dread. Anyone planning a cross-country flight of any duration has to wonder if thunderstorms will become a factor.

Wx Watch: Eyes Wide Open

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

Sure, you've been briefed by flight service, and yes, you checked your favorite Internet sites for preflight weather information. But it's only when you step outside and immerse yourself in the feel of the weather that your preflight data feed meets reality.

Wx Watch: Dew Point Review

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

Here's an important pilot weather factoid we all learn: When the temperature-dew point spread is less than 5 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius), expect fog. This rule of thumb is important to remember, but there are other ways of looking at how dew point temperature (better known simply as dew point) and other moisture measurements influence aviation weather.