Psych 101­—flying with weather fear

            While editing my draft for Pilot Weather Wisdom and paralleling (no, not plagiarizing) what famous Robert Buck states in his iconic book, Weather Flying, I should talk about pilot weather psychology             Years ago, when looking toward the sky, I read an article in an aviation magazine about an airline pilot that developed aContinue reading “Psych 101­—flying with weather fear”

Book #5 (Pilot Weather Wisdom)

This future book hit its first wave of turbulence. FYI, Book #4 has been put on hold until next spring. “This is Your Captain Speaking: Stories from the Cockpit has entered a long holding pattern due to COVID. I wrote about 260 pages for book #5, thinking it could do with some tweaking but overallContinue reading “Book #5 (Pilot Weather Wisdom)”

Canadian Aviation Weather gets a facelift

CAW #3 will be available at the end of February. I hope. Due to miscommunication, printers breaking down and planets not lining up things were delayed about a month and a half. The new “nip and tuck” version will be full colour, have an extra chapter on altimetry, errors and typos fixed with a newContinue reading “Canadian Aviation Weather gets a facelift”

A little weather Quiz

I found this weather quiz I wrote about a year ago.                   Advanced Meteorology Quiz Global Weather: The area ten to fifteen degrees north and south of the equator associated with rising air, convection, and low pressure systems is: Horse latitudes Bermuda high pressure ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) Tropic of Cancer 2. Jet Streams:Continue reading “A little weather Quiz”

Europe’s Volcanic Ash Fiasco

Studying at Purdue University for a Masters. Lots of papers. Here is one on the eruption of Iceland’s volcano in 2010 that brought European airspace to its knees. Abstract             Iceland’s eruption of Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced “A-ya-fyat-la-yœk-utl”) in April and May of 2010 spewed volcanic ash high into an eastward-moving jet stream, paralyzing Europe’s airspace locatedContinue reading “Europe’s Volcanic Ash Fiasco”

Canadian/American METARs vis-à-vis

Nearly 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the American border so there is a good chance a pilot will head south of the border or visit Alaska. We know weather has no political boundaries, but you’ll find METARs have inherent differences when comparing observations vis-à-vis (face to face). ***Sadly, NAV CANADA’s archaic websiteContinue reading “Canadian/American METARs vis-à-vis”

Every Wind has its Weather

17th century English philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon wrote, “Every wind has its weather,” but singer Bob Dylan averred, “You don’t need a weatherman to know where the wind blows.” Fair enough. Contiguous USA and the southern portion of Canada sit in latitudes where the winds prevail from the west. That’s at the surface and aloft.Continue reading “Every Wind has its Weather”

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