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Altimeter setting and elevation

Added on: August 9, 2012        Duration: 8 minutes

There are many kinds of ways to represent the surface pressure. The one that most pilots are familiar with is the altimeter setting. It’s typically provided to pilots on a standard briefing and may be obtained by pilots on the ground or in flight by air traffic control or by...

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Beyond The Weather Brief Preview

Added on: July 17, 2009        Duration: 18 minutes

Every pilot must get beyond the generalizations and simple rules of thumb that rarely apply especially when Mother Nature is at her worst. When the weather is even remotely challenging, the need to work hard to put together an objective analysis of the weather using a method that works every time is paramount. In this preview you will learn...

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Cold stratocumulus

Added on: March 10, 2014        Duration: 12 minutes

During the cold season, it is quite common to find a blanket of stratocumulus clouds in the wake of a strong cold front. Stratocumulus clouds rarely have a depth of more than a few thousand feet. Even when it is cold enough for structural icing, pilots are often tempted to descend or climb through this rather...

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Freezing rain & thunderstorms

Added on: January 22, 2017        Duration: 10 minutes

Normally pilots think of freezing rain and thunderstorms as two separate adverse weather events. But can they occur at the same time? In fact, they can. It doesn’t happen frequently, but often enough that there were at least four separate events in the Midwest and one in New England during the winter of 2008. Pilots are strongly encouraged to...

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Graphical AIRMETs (G-AIRMETs)

Added on: March 21, 2010        Duration: 13 minutes

On October 1, 2008, the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City began issuing a new forecast called a Graphical-AIRMET. This new forecast product, dubbed the G-AIRMET, won't make it into a standard briefing with an Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) specialist and it won't likely be included in a DUATS textual briefing either. That's because it is not a text-based product like the traditional AIRMET; instead, it is designed to...

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