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Microbursts and downdrafts

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Strong outflow and low-level windshear are ever-present dangers near thunderstorms. By Karsten Shein Comm-Inst Climate Scientist Aircraft flying through a downburst will first encounter strong headwinds, tempting a power reduction, followed by rapid shift to a tailwind and loss of altitude. Full-power go-around should be initiated immediately on recognizing downdraft penetration. fter a long but […]

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How weather works

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Understanding the basics of the atmosphere helps anticipate conditions. By Karsten Shein Comm-Inst Climate Scientist About 55% of solar energy reaching Earth makes it to the surface, where it is either absorbed or reflected. Energy absorbed by the surface heats the overlying air and drives the troposphere. lthough most pilots fly uneventful flights, while some […]

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Hurricanes

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These tropical storm systems can damage infrastructure and disrupt aviation. By Karsten Shein Comm-Inst Climate Scientist Hurricane Dorian on September 2, 2019 as seen from the International Space Station. Tropical cyclones come in many sizes and strengths, but all pose a significant hazard to aviation. ropical cyclones are among the more destructive and unpredictable weather […]

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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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