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”

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