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Aviation Meteorology

Aviation meteorology for Australia

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This tutorial is a summarised but reasonably comprehensive examination — directed towards Australian conditions — of the atmospheric structure, the physical laws and the forces which together produce the atmospheric phenomena referred to as weather — a good understanding of which is essential to safe aerial navigation. The tutorial provides much more detail than is necessary for novice pilots to understand; it is meant for persons who wish to expand their knowledge of meteorology without getting into the mathematics of the science.


1. The atmosphere and thermodynamics (part 1)

1a. Atmospheric thermodynamics (part 2) and dynamics

2. Effects of altitude

(contained in the Flight Theory Guide modules 2 & 3)

3. Cloud, fog and precipitation

4. Planetary-scale tropospheric systems

5. Synoptic scale systems

6. Southern hemisphere winds

7. Mesoscale weather systems

9. Micrometeorology — atmospheric turbulence

10. Airframe and engine icing

11. Atmospheric electricity

12. Atmospheric light phenomena

  • 12.1 Light scatter
          12.1.1 Rayleigh and Mie scatter
          12.1.2 Twilight effects
  • 12.2 Atmospheric optical displays
          12.2.1 Electromagnetic refraction, reflection and diffraction
          12.2.2 Ice crystal displays
          12.2.3 Cloud droplet effects
          12.2.4 Rainbows
          12.2.5 Atmospheric density effects
  • 12.3 Moon phases

13. Aviation weather reports and forecasts

Next - atmospheric structure The first section of the Aviation Meteorology Guide covers atmospheric structure, some of the physical laws and atmospheric moisture

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