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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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Dissipating tropical systems - not your ordinary deep moist convection

Added on: August 28, 2012        Duration: 7 minutes

It’s probably not a surprise to hear that a healthy squall line moving through the Midwest can generate lightning at a rate of more than one stroke per second for an extended period of time. But what about in a tropical storm or hurricane? You’d likely be astonished to learn that...

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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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Lightning-free convection

Added on: January 12, 2011        Duration: 9 minutes

Reading all the aviation textbooks, magazines and FAA literature about deep, moist convection, it is clear that there’s a plea for pilots to remain at least 20 miles from any thunderstorm, especially one that is exhibiting severe characteristics. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this guidance, however...

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