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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.

Contents:

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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