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ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Severe Ice in Pennsylvania My encounter began one March morning in western Pennsylvania. I was a Part 135 pilot in a PA-32 and PA-34 and that morning I was to fly to DET to pick up cargo in the '6' and return to AFJ.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Listen to your Briefer This is taken from my journal. At the time, I was an 800-hour pilot, current for IFR and flying the same plane that I had earned my IFR rating in five years earlier.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience High Altitude Icing A few years back I was flying over Evansville, Indiana at FL180 headed for Dallas. Conditions were IMC and I would have liked to go higher, but we had a 100kt head wind at FL200 and traffic.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Ice and the Human Factor For a few years I enjoyed the luxury of working for two weeks in Alaska and living the other two weeks of the month with my family in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Utah. I commuted to and from Anchorage by way of Salt Lake City (SLC) on a major airline.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience From Ohio to Virginia with Ice I recently made a trip from Tiffin, Ohio (16G) to Leesburg, VA (JYO) with a return trip a few days later. This trip was made at the beginning of January, and the weather was typical wintry conditions.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience ATC and Ice This trip was some years ago, when I was a fairly recent instrument pilot, having about 400 hours total time, and about 50 hours actual instrument time. The airplane was a Cessna C182 Skylane, departing from Cloquet, Minnesota to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience California Icing Encounter On December 29, 2002, our IFR flight from Bakersfield Meadows (KBFL) to Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (KDVT) started with clearance direct to Palmdale (PMD) and 11,000 feet, then as filed [Soggi intersection, Palms Springs, Thermal (TRM), Blyth (BLH), Buckeye (BXK), Phoenix (PXR) and then home (KDVT)]. Along with me for the flight were my fiancée and her two children.

License to learn: Ice follies

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

Some interesting cockpit applications

Wx Watch: Mixed-bag winter IMC

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

A low-pressure system full of surprises

Ice bridging?

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Modern guidance says the condition is a fallacy

Ambushed by Ice

Article | Dec 15, 2012

When your flying club gets together for hangar flying sessions and safety meetings, there is likely a lot of story-telling from pilots who have "been there, done that." In flying, as with many things in life, it's a good idea to learn from the mistakes of others. The latest installment in the Air Safety Institute's (ASI's) Real Pilot Story series of videos helps pilots do just that, and is a must-see before flying this winter.

Mentor Matters: Keep it clean

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Deicing isn't just a good idea, it's the law.

Wx Watch: Deadly droplets

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Discovering large-droplet icing--the hard way.

IFR Fix: Ice like a brick

IFR Fix | Oct 19, 2012

When someone survives an icing encounter, the person may describe ice "as large as a house brick on the leading edge, extending back on the wing for one foot."

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

It was a typical overcast winter morning at Portland International Airport in Oregon, with ceilings running around 1,400 feet agl and reported tops at about 7,000 feet msl. Ground control had just rattled off our clearance to Rogue Valley International in Medford, Oregon, clearing us to 10,000 feet.

Wx Watch: Radar revolution

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Let's face it: When it comes to checking the weather, most of us immediately call up imagery from one or more of the nation's 150 WSR-88D Nexrad Doppler weather radars, especially when thunderstorms threaten.

Iced up and fast

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Winter operations in light jets present a series of problems not encountered during fair weather. Most are related to the chance of encountering in-flight icing, and the associated risks of operating a contaminated aircraft.

Wx Watch: The problem with pireps

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Let's get this out right up front: Pireps are a valuable source of information that can be indispensible for safe flight planning - and can help prevent weather-related accidents and incidents.

Wx Watch: Searching for snowmageddons

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Ever since the huge 2010 East Coast snowstorm dubbed "Snowmaggedon," those living in the busy northeastern coastal corridor states have been extra curious about any nearby winter lows or fronts. Every time an extended-range outlook pops up, we pay extra attention. The temptation is to look for a storm complex somewhere to the west or northwest, on the assumption that weather complexes traditionally move from west to east. That may be true in a general sense, but the worst of the northeast winter snowstorms are actually born in the south.