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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.