Aviation Weather Safety
General aviation weather safety is nothing to take lightly. Our pilot weather articles are designed to help you maintain your skills for flying in tough conditions and improve your overall aviation safety.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Weather Avoidance Techniques
Staying Out of Trouble When it isn’t CAVU
Today, a wide range of tools are available to help avoid those dangers, but each has limitations that must be understood in order to use them safely.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
10 Tips For VFR Flying In Marginal Weather
A few simple suggestions to help keep VFR pilots safe in marginal weather
It was the classic example of baby- bird stupidity.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Ten Things The Textbooks Don’t Tell You
Neither the wind given to you by the tower, nor that shown on a mid-field wind sock, is likely to be what you actually experience when landing.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Weather Avoidance: Back To Basics
Ten simple steps to enhance your weather planning and avoid Mother Nature’s worst
It's one of the great paradoxes in aviation that one of the biggest killers of pilots —weather—is one of the least understood and least taught subjects in primary flight instruction.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Winter Flying Tips
Twenty Things You Can Do To Stay Safe and Have Fun
Winter is as inevitable as aging, and for pilots who live in or fly to the northern latitudes, every winter will present significant challenges.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Beware The Downburst
An insidious risk that can undercut airspeed and drive you into the ground
Contrary to the advice that aviation usually allows you to make most mistakes only once, I’ve been fortunate in 50 years of flying to make virtually all the bad mistakes, in some cases more than once.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The Box Is Yours
Competition aerobatics can make you a more precise and confident pilot
I was circling at 4,500 feet in the designated contest holding area for the Borrego Springs Akrofest while another competitor finished his routine in the aerobatic box.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Managing Risk: VFR Versus VMC
Are you prepared for when the weather deteriorates?
It has been a long day on a long cross-country flight. The weather forecasts have not been very accurate—you’re reminded of a quote from an anonymous wag: "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Dealing With Convective Weather
Some pilots simply lock their airplanes in the hangar when convective weather is about. Others learn to cope.
Shortly after returning from a recent Grand Caravan delivery from Long Beach, Calif., to Seoul, Korea, I spoke at a LoPresti First Saturday event in Sebastian, Fla.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The Myth (Almost) Of Tailwinds
Logic suggests you should have tailwinds roughly 50% of the time. Logic is wrong.
It was late March 1994, and I was waiting for wind—again. Mooney Aircraft had loaned me a new TLS in January so I could set several world records flying between Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Fla.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Top Mistakes In Convective Environments
How to stay safe in bad weather
Deep, moist convection, better known as thunderstorms, are the nemesis of all aircraft, big or small. Avoidance is mandatory.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Go/No-Go Decision In Winter
The rules change when the weather turns cold
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
The Ugly Side Of Spring
Winter hasn’t released its icy grip yet
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Winter Flying: A Strategic Approach
Tips for staying safe in a cold season
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Avoid flying by rules of thumb
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Severe Weather Flying
Dennis Newton’s book reviewed
Friday, December 1, 2006
With careful preparation, cold-weather flying can be great fun
Winter—it’s cold, it’s dark and sometimes it seems like spring will never come. But, lots of pilots live in cold country, and there’s no sense letting our airplanes sit idle all winter. Although it takes more effort and better preparation, winter flying can indeed be tolerable and sometimes even downright fun. So, if you’re up for the challenge, let’s consider some things you can do to mitigate the effects of winter and enjoy some flying.
Monday, May 1, 2006
More and more information outlets are available for pilots
Weather happens, and the vast majority of us mere mortals will probably never understand it. WX (as it’s rarely abbreviated) is almost universally regarded as the subject pilots understand least and fear most. For most aviators, it’s flying’s great question mark. Some people may have a perfect understanding of Bernoulli’s principle, but still consider weather a mystery.