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Tornadoes

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Wicked whirlwinds can wreak havoc on airports and aircraft Rope tornado skirts across the plains of “Tornado Alley” in the central US. Although rare, tornadoes can damage airports and aircraft, while the storms that produce them often require substantial deviations. By Karsten Shein Comm-Inst Climate Scientist midst the post-sunset gloom and heavy rain, not even […]

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Icing

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Nature’s weighty clear coat can ruin more than aerodynamics. Freezing rain event fully coats several Raytheon T-1A Jayhawks at Vance AFB (Enid OK). Ice is heavy and has the potential to overstress hydraulics and spars. All ice must be removed before attempting a takeoff. By Karsten Shein Comm-Inst Climate Scientist urtling past midfield, the copilot […]

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Winter flying refresher

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The season of adverse and dangerous weather conditions is upon us. Gulfstream G650 taxis on snow-covered tarmac in Canada while a snow sweeper clears an adjacent taxiway. Winter flying brings adverse weather that requires extra vigilance, especially on the ground. By Karsten Shein Comm-Inst Climate Scientist ith high winds and blowing snow, conditions could have […]

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Smoke and ash

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Lengthening wildfire seasons create challenging conditions for pilots. A C-130 Hercules drops fire retardant on a wildfire. Non-firefighting aircraft flying too close to fires can create a collision hazard in the reduced visibility created by the smoke. By Karsten Shein Comm-Inst Climate Scientist he pilots had gotten the word from Anchorage Center as they crossed […]

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