This course is designed to help the student of aviation understand fundamentals of weather that are so important to aviation operations. It includes how weather is observed and the sources of weather information available. It serves as a valuable reference source for pilots at all levels of experience. Whether the connection to flying is as a new student to aviation, a certificated pilot, controller, dispatcher, scientist, engineer or an interested passenger, this course will help students understand the strong interdependence of aviation and meteorology.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify the basic theory and vocabulary necessary to understand meteorological phenomena.
- Analyze concepts of atmospheric pressure, altitude and density.
- Examine basic atmospheric phenomena including stability, moisture, air masses, fronts, and thunderstorms.
- Explore hazardous conditions involved with local winds, wind shear, turbulence and icing.
- Distinguish why, when and where favorable and unfavorable meteorological conditions are likely to occur.
- Analyze instrument meteorological conditions.
- Explain the weather forecast process and the task of obtaining and interpreting pertinent weather information.
- Investigate sources of aviation weather information.
- Analyze weather for decisions necessary to plan a flight.
Currently no sections of this class are being offered.