Weather often forces pilots to make a go/no go decision, so the AOPA Air Safety Foundation created "Weather Wise: Ceiling and Visibility," the first in a series of online weather courses partially funded by the National Weather Service, to bring a real-world perspective to the art and science of weather forecasting for pilots.
The interactive 20-minute course focuses on the relationship between temperature and dew point, and ceiling and visibility. It also teaches when and where fog is likely to form. In-flight video clips show what MVFR, VFR, and IFR conditions really look like to the pilot, and helpful tips point out the signs of changing weather conditions. To take the course, visit the AOPA Online Safety Center.
Future weather topics include convective activity, turbulence, and air masses and fronts.
October 21, 2005