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Features December 2015 Issue

Weather Report: Flying with Parcel Acceleration and Vertical Wind Sheers

A model by Dr. Jack Glendening shows localized vertical gravity waves near the crash site (circled) sufficient to cause trouble in hot and high conditions.

Weather Report: Flying with Parcel Acceleration and Vertical Wind Sheers

Airline crashes usually get the aviation-safety spotlight, but a little digging into the NTSB archives reveals big opportunities for GA pilots to learn from others' weather encounters.

The National Transportation Safety Board archives reveal some serious considerations for general aviation pilots who venture out into ANY unfamiliar condition. Let’s examine a couple of noteworthy accidents using some of the highest caliber weather products available to meteorologists. Using these tools, we’ll try to figure out where things went wrong. Unfortunately, today’s tools and the expertise behind them weren’t available to the pilots involved in the accidents. But we can use this knowledge to find lessons that can be learned for pilots who might someday find themselves immersed in similar predicaments.

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