Weather Flying

ISBN-10: 0071799729

ISBN-13: 9780071799720

Edition: 5th 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Robert N. Buck

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The only resource a pilot needs to understand all types of weather and how to fly in it—updated to cover new technological devices and changes in weather briefings.Targeted towards general aviation pilots--but applicable for pilots of any kind--Weather Flying, Fifth Edition is the ultimate resource for understanding weather. Written in a straightforward style, the book makes complex weather concepts understandable for even the most amateur of flyers. In addition to weather theory, this practical guide covers basics of weather information--what to get, how to get it and what to do with it.Since the previous edition published in 1998, technology and policy have evolved a great deal. Computers, handheld GPS and smart devices have changed the way pilots fly. In the updated 5th edition, new author Robert O. Buck delves into these changes, discussing how to get the most out of your smart device, how to handle changes in FSS weather briefings, and how to use electronic multifunction displays as a supplement, and not a crutch.Offers a basic understanding of weather creation, in addition to the philosophy of flying in itDiscusses weather information--what it is, how to get it, and how to use itProvides an overview equipment--both personal and aircraft--and how to use itExplains various weather phenomena and how they affect a flightUpdated with new GPS and smart technology used in weather flyingDiscusses changes in FSS and weather briefing services and how to work around themAccommodates changes in National Weather Service briefingsDescribes improved anti- and de-icing systems
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List price: $25.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Bob Buck has flown everything from open biplanes to the Bowing 747, and still flies gliders today, at age eighty-seven. He lives in Vermont.

About Some People
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
Weather Flying
A Little Theory for Weather Flying
That Important Dewpoint
How Air Cools
Season and Time of Day
Some Thoughts on Checking Weather
It Isn't Easy
It's Approved and Official
How It Works
You Are the Meteorologist
You Are the Captain!
Checking Weather and the Big Picture
The Big Picture
No Surprises
Satellites and Some NEXRAD
What Do Satellites Show?
Valid Old Map Thoughts
Where We Find This Computerized Weather
Get the Picture First
On Days Off, Too
A Deeper Look at the Map
Watch the Slow Lows
The Wind Speed Tells a Story
Highs Are Not Always Nice
Look Up
A Meteorologist's Big Picture from the Web
Getting That Weather Information
Always Learning Where and How
Some Extra Sources
No One Said It Was Easy
Hired Help
Opening Remarks to the FSS-and Ourselves
Synoptic Again
Look Ahead
The Real Thing
Weather Details-What They Tell Us
VFR-Not Easy
MVFR Is Not Static
IFR-Not to Worry
Test the Forecast
The Late Weather
Regulations Aren't the Important Criteria
Pollution and Visibility
How Do You Feel?
More about Wind
Altimeter Setting
Temperature and Dewpoint Again
On the Ground, Too
Summing Up
Checking Weather for the Route
Weather Is Mostly Good
Something on Fronts
Occlusions and Zippers
Large-Area Weather
The Important Northeast Corner
Go the Short Way
It Takes Time to Know
Why and If
Don't Fear Weather…
… Or Worry about It
Equipment Needs for Weather Flying
It's Farther Than You Think
Fuel and the Law
Fuel Again
Instruments and Autopilots
Where the Instruments Live
We Can Keep It Simple
A Little More to Do a Lot
Things Can Be Better
Even Better
The Future Will Be Even Better
The Protected Airplane
Power for Instruments
Lighted Well
Paperwork and Gadgets Are Equipment, Too
Go Fast Slowly
Good Housekeeping
An Extra Hand
Radar and Lightning Detection Systems
Temperature, an Important Part of Weather Flying
Temperature and Density
We Better Figure It Out
How Hot, How High?
Engines Don't Like It Hot
Some Psychology of Weather Flying
Think, for Real
Turbulence and Flying It
Kinds of Turbulence
How We Fly Turbulence
Convective-Layer Turbulence
It's Rougher Than You Think
Dust Devils
Turbulence Near Mountains and Ridges
Mountain Waves
Turbulence Up High
Where Is It?
The Tropopause and CAT
The Tropopause Is Important
Where Is Shear?
VFR-Flying Weather Visually
The Famous
A Point to Remember
Snow Is Different
Keep Calm
More Snow
VFR Navigation-and the Important Map
Not Only Airports
Where Is the Wind?
Near Cities
Thunderstorms and VFR
VFR on Top
Using Electronics When VFR
Without Radio
About Keeping Proficient Flying Instruments
With Full Instruments
Thoughts on Flying Technically Advanced Aircraft
Single-Pilot Operation in a Two-Pilot World
Dependence on Augmented Indications
Electronic Seduction
Programming Thoughts
Summary of Flying Basics in a Technically Advanced World
Thunderstorms and Flying Them
What Are They?
What Is Tough about a Thunderstorm?
The Bad Part
Their Life Cycle
A Clue
The Different Kinds
How High?
The Cloud Layers
They Grow Fast
What's Inside All Those Clouds?
What's Outside All Those Clouds?
Thunderstorm Detection Systems
Airborne Radar
Lightning Detection Systems
Data-Linked Lightning Mapping Information
ATC and Thunderstorms
More about Air-Mass Thunderstorms
A Cloud Base Hint
Other Air-Mass Thunderstorms
Dry Climate and Thunderstorms
Frontal Thunderstorms
The Surface Wind Tells
How to Tell a Front's Toughness
Prefrontal Squall Lines
Some Rules
If We Fly Through
At Night
Where to Bore In
How to Fly It
Are We Scared?
Something to Be Said for Rain
Electrical Discharge
Static and Radio
The Noise Is Annoying
Almost through the Storm
Warm Front Thunderstorms
Low Down
Thunderstorms as We Arrive and Land
Don't Race Thunderstorms
Missed Approach in Thunderstorms
After the Missed Approach and Other Thoughts
Ice and Flying It
About Ice
Dealing with Ice
The Propeller Is Important
Wing Deicers and Anti-Ice
Hot Wings
Fluid Anti-Icing
We Have to See
How We Fly Ice
Is Your Airplane Equipped to Fly Ice?
Propellers, Jet Inlets, and Other Fixtures
Ice Flying Starts on the Ground
Where We Find Ice
Temperature Again
Where Are the Tops-and the Bottom?
Fronts and Ice
An Ice Airplane
Not Always in Clouds on Instruments
Warm Front
Fishing to Get Out of Ice
Taking Off in a Front
Learning Time
Orographic Effect Again
Cold Front
Flying to Feel Ice
Coming Home
Taking Off in Bad Weather
Altimeter Setting
Be Prepared
Let's Go
Radio Thoughts
Don't Be Bashful!
Off We Go
In the Stuff Quick
How about the Weather?
Once in the Air
Thunderstorms Again
Weather Flying En Route
Think Ahead
What's It Like?
Forced Landing with Little Time to See
All Is Normal and It's Time to Get There
Landing in Bad Weather
Flying the Approach
The Instrument Part
Close in, Things Get Tight
Stick with It
When We See Again
Autopilots Doing the Work
Circling to Land
To Touch the Ground
Low Visibility
Ground Fog
On the Ground
An Approach Briefing
The Toughest Case
Teaching Yourself to Fly Weather
Where's the Emphasis?
Learning the Weather
Something on Judgment
Suggested Reading and Websites
Acronyms and Contractions
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