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Terry Lankford,a certified flight instructor and flight service station specialist,has written this practical guide for pilots who wants to improve their understanding of the weather and how it affects flight operationswithout having to learn a great mass of detailed theory,memorize countless formulas,or take up calculus. It covers all the bases,from structure of the atmosphere to how to maneuver to get out of trouble,all in plain English.
When it comes to the weather,knowing the meteorological terms is uselessunless you understand the meaning of those concepts when you're aloft. Which is precisely why Lankford has written this no-nonsense guide: to give flyers the basic understanding of how weather affects them in flight,and what to do to handle any situation that is likely to arise. He has written a book that is intended specifically as a practical guide for pilots who need hands-on knowledge,not a mass of detailed theory. In clear,understandable terms,Cockpit Weather Decisions covers all the bases: Weather,how it works,and how it affects your aircraft; Weather's effect on altimetry,airspeed,and aircraft performance; VFR and IFR flights,high- and low-level operations; Low-visibility conditions and how to handle them; Families of the airpressure areas,thunderstorms; Frontsair masses in conflict. and all the other types of weather that could affect your ability to fly your plane safely. Learn how to adjust your flying to meet conditions. . . anticipate rough weather ahead. . . use sound judgment about when it's safe to fly. . . escape or avoid dangerous conditions. . . anticipate changes in course and speed due to weather.. . take into account the abilities of your airplane. . . get out of trouble if you find yourself in it. With more than one-quarter of aviation accidents happening because of bad weather,no pilot can afford to fly with just a seat-of-the-pants knowledge of these vast and unpredictable forces.
Table of ContentsThe Realm of Flight.
Ever Changing Weather.
Air in Motion.
Sign Posts in the Sky.
Families of the Air.
Air Masses in Conflict.
Upper-Level Weather Systems.