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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.