Take the Weather Challenge

August 14, 2013

weather challenge

Do your eyes glaze over when you hear about Skew-T diagrams? Yawn at hearing about moist adiabatic lapse rates? Then gather your flying clubs members and soak up some practical weather knowledge with the Air Safety Institute’s “Weather Challenge” fall seminar, brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services.

You don’t have to have a degree in meteorology to attend this seminar, which debuts September 9 in a town near you. “Weather Challenge” aims to bolster your real-world weather wisdom—and have a little fun, too. As with ASI’s recent “Chart Challenge” seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test from METAR/TAF decoding to real-world weather scenarios. Along the way you’ll learn about important weather resources and the promise (and pitfalls) of cockpit weather. The seminar also covers critical risk management and decision making as it delves into weather-related accidents that didn’t need to happen.

Weather accidents are consistently among the most fatal types of accidents, accounting for 43 accidents in 2010, 28 (65 percent) of which were fatal. The Air Safety Institute has addressed numerous weather topics in its safety education, and now you can attend the seminar that pulls all of that together into one fun, engaging evening in which audience participation is encouraged. Consider making attendance at this event mandatory, in place of your regular safety meeting for flying club members.

The seminar will be presented in about 100 cities nationwide, so visit the website (http://www.aopa.org/asf/seminars//seminar.cfm?FA=SS&SA=ShowForm) for dates and locations near you.

And if you want to brush up on your weather knowledge before attending, take a look at these other ASI products available online at www.airsafetyinstitute.org:

  • Weather Wise: Thunderstorms and ATC online course (http://flash.aopa.org/asf/wxwise_thunder/thunderstorms.cfm?)
  • Weather Wise: Precipitation and Icing online course (http://flash.aopa.org/asf/wxwise_precip/)
  • Weather Wise: Ceiling and Visibility online course (http://flash.aopa.org/asf/wxwise_ceilingvis/html/weatherSafety.cfm?)
  • SkySpotter: Pireps Made Easy online course (http://flash.aopa.org/asf/skyspotter/swf/flash.cfm?)
  • Ambushed by Ice Real Pilot Story (http://flash.aopa.org/asf/pilotstories/iceambush/index.cfm?keycode=FX07CRS)