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Weather Curiosity - Turbulence

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps Turbulence What Causes Bumps In The Air BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, June 1997.) Anyone who's made more than a few flights has almost surely had at least one bumpy ride. To pilots and passengers, the bumps are the result of "turbulence." To an atmospheric scientist, turbulence is "a state of fluid flow in which the instantaneous velocities exhibit irregular and apparently random fluctuations." Those "irregular fluctuations" of the air create the bumps.

Stability

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps Stability How bubbles of air can upset the atmosphere BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, November 1996.) Air stability is one of those theoretical-sounding subjects that pilots should learn for good, practical reasons. This knowledge helps you make sense of preflight weather forecasts and actual weather you encounter in flight.

Thunderstorms

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps --> Thunderstorms A Thunderstorm Unites Just About Every Hazard Known To Aviation! BY THE FAA (From Flight Training, February 1994.) Annually, and prior to the start of the season, we publish an issue of the Air Traffic Bulletin to focus your attention on the upcoming thunderstorm season and to remind all controllers and specialists of the hazardous weather associated with it. The more we understand the severe atmospheric hazards associated with thunderstorms, the better position we are in to aid the pilot in avoiding these hazards.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Hidden Thunderstorm I was working my way through my instrument rating. It was the middle of July, and a hazy day showed up to give some real instrument weather to increase realism at the end of the approaches.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Avoiding Thunderstorms I have been flying for about 33 years with about 4500 hours in both rotary and fixed wing military and civilian aircraft, I do not consider myself a bold or risk taking pilot. However, I have had a variety of weather experiences, of which a couple of instructive ones come to mind.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Thunderstorm Experience When the ink was still wet on my private ticket, I found myself on a return trip from a 120-mile journey to a family reunion in my Cessna 172. I had trained and gotten my ticket in a four month period and had finished in February with no experience in spring weather.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience A Flash of Experience To say I was a newly minted pilot at the time of this story would be putting it mildly. Having just passed my practical on Wednesday, on Friday I flew the 300+ miles to Georgia to help a friend move into her dorm.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Exciting Texas IMC I was flying a scheduled cross-country "training" flight with a new co-pilot who was working on his upgrade. We had completed an uneventful flight from San Antonio to McAllen, Texas, and were preparing our return trip and discussing our IFR flight plan.