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Aviation Weather

Aviation Weather
3rd Edition (2007) 480pp
17 Chapters, 7 Appendices, and Index
Jeppesen Part # JS 319010
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The objective of Aviation Weather is to help the new student of aviation understand the atmosphere in order to maximize aircraft performance while minimizing exposure to weather hazards. Aviation Weather also provides a review of material in preparation for FAA examinations and serves as a reference text for experienced pilots.

Although the layout of the 3rd Edition is the same as the 2nd Edition, there have been several important improvements within the chapters. Some examples: Precipitation/radar intensity information has been moved from Chapter 6 (“Atmospheric Moisture”) to Chapter 9 (“Thunderstorms”) and simplified for easier interpretation. This places the primary explanation of weather radar and its applications in one location. Explanations and examples of contrail formation have been moved, appropriately, from Chapter 15 (“Additional Weather Hazards”) to Chapter 6. Chapter 15 has been updated to include “Space Weather Hazards,” broader discussions of “Cold Climate Hazards,” and hazards related to “Atmospheric Electricity.” A new preflight weather scenario has been introduced in Chapter 17.

In response to suggestions by students and instructors, some terms and concepts have been clarified. This has been done in several places by adding new “Insight Readings” (green boxes). A number of photos and diagrams have been updated and/or improved; questions found in the back of each chapter and answers in appendices have been modified, deleted, or expanded to reflect the text changes.

Many other changes in the Aviation Weather text are related to improvements in the aviation weather information system over the last seven years. (AC 00-45F Aviation Weather Services, 2007) More and better analysis and forecast products are now available to the pilot, including a wide variety of both black and white and color graphics. Perhaps more importantly, this information is rapidly accessible via the Internet. These enhancements have made it easier for a weather-wise pilot to obtain pertinent weather data. Relevant examples of updated weather message text formats and weather map graphics have been included in the 3rd Edition of Aviation Weather.

Table of Contents

NOTE to reader: Although changes in the 3rd Edition of Aviation Weather (2007) will be found in ALL chapters and in most appendices, the most extensive changes have been made in those sections highlighted below, in red.


Part I Aviation Weather Basics
1. The Atmosphere
2. Atmospheric Energy and Temperature
3. Pressure, Altitude, and density
4. Wind
5. Vertical Motion and Stability
6. Atmospheric Moisture
Part II Atmospheric Circulation Systems
7. Scales of Atmospheric circulations
8. Airmasses, Fronts, and Cyclones
9. Thunderstorms
10. Local Winds
Part III Aviation Weather Hazards
11. Wind Shear
12. Turbulence
13. Icing
14. Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
15. Additional Weather Hazards
Part IV Applying Weather knowledge
16. Aviation Weather Resources
17. Weather Evaluation for Flight

A. Conversion Factors
B. Standard Atmosphere
C. Dewpoint and Humidity Tables
D. Standard Meteorological Codes and Graphics for Aviation
E. Glossary of Weather Terms
F. Internet Resources and Printed References
G. “Review Question” Answers

Other books by Peter Lester:

Turbulence, A New Perspective for Pilots

Instructor's Guide and Image Bank

Aviation Weather Laboratory Manual


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