Weather Patterns and Phenomena: A Pilots Guide

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In this essential guide, you'll learn how to make informed, intelligent decisions about weather that could save lives. Thomas P. Turner breaks down this subject into four sections: Weather theory - Here, he tells you how to interpret the weather information you get from Flight Service, DUAT, and other approved outlets, and how to compare it with actual in-flight weather conditions. Actual aviation weather hazards - Turner provides in-depth coverage of the four classes of hazards: thunderstorms, turbulence, reduced visibility, and ice. You'll also learn techniques for hazard avoidance and what to do if, in spite of all efforts, you find yourself engulfed in Mother Nature's fury. Regional weather - Turner offers important insights into distinct regional weather patterns throughout the continental U.S. Making the "go/no go" decision - He tells you how to put it all together to make the safest possible choices about routes, altitudes, and whether or not to take off.

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THE COMPLETE WEATHER GUIDE FOR PILOTS.
Weather training is not standard in pilot instruction, yet over 40% of general aviation accidents involve weather factors. As important as stick and rudder skills, the ability to understand weather, make intelligent weather-related decisions, and apply weather savvy to flying is critical to good piloting. This new edition of the bestselling pilots' weather guide covers everything pilots need to know.

WEATHER FROM A PILOT'S PERSPECTIVE.
Understand the factors that cause weather: air masses, fronts, wind, and more; Learn how to determine if an official forecast is wrong; Make weather information to flight dicisions and flying; Evaluate the risk factors that impact flight - based on historical accident trends; Utilize standard operating procedures and checklists to dramatically improve flight safety; Get a glimpse of how technology will change weather reporting in the near future. No resource supplies more how-to knowledge of this critical topic than this expanded bestseller. Reading it is one of the best decisions a pilot will ever make.

About the Author:

Thomas P. Turner (Cleveland, TN) is a former instructor of Flight Safety International and a test pilot for a small airplane modification company. Turner is the bestselling author of Cockpit Resource Management, Second Edition (also of the McGraw-Hill Practical Flying Series), and his aviation safety articles appear monthly in over 30 aviation publications.

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