Aviation Weather, by Peter F. Lester

Aviation Weather

by Peter F. Lester

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Learn about weather as it pertains to aviation with this easy-to-understand book. This textbook is updated with the latest METAR, TAF and Graphic Weather.

Covers in detail the latest METAR, TAF and graphic weather products from FAA AC00-45E, Aviation Weather Services. International weather and accident/incident information is included to add relevance to the weather data. Expanded coverage of icing, weather hazards and flight planning. Includes review questions with answers at the end of the book.

In this fourth edition of Aviation Weather, the author has added information about new developments in the acquisition of weather data and how pilots can access and apply that data. Examples of available weather products have been updated and the text revised to reflect the shift toward electronic access to weather reports and forecasts. Reader input prompted the addition of many new NTSB reports to illustrate relevant flying hazards. The author added an additional real-world scenario to demonstrate how weather information can be applied during flight planning. He also clarified several explanations of the basic physical concepts that create weather and updated many of the descriptions of atmospheric phenomena.

Aviation Weather is designed to help the student of aviation understand their atmosphere in which he or she operates. It also serves as a valuable reference source for pilots at all levels. Whether your connection to flying is as a new student, a certified pilot, controller, dispatcher, scientist, engineer, or an interested passenger, Aviation weather will help you understand the strong interdependence of aviation and meteorology through over 300 full color illustrations, a minimum of mathematics, and a maximum of practical information.


  • Aviation Weather Basics
    • The atmosphere
    • Atmospheric energy and temperature
    • Pressure, altitude, and density
    • Wind
    • Vertical motion and stability
    • Atmospheric moisture
  • Atmospheric Circulation Systems
    • Scales of circulation
    • Airmasses, fronts, and cyclones
    • Thunderstorms
    • Local winds
  • Aviation Weather Hazards
    • Wind shear
    • Turbulence
    • Icing
    • Instrument meteorological conditions
    • Additional weather hazards
  • Applying Weather Knowledge
    • Aviation weather resources
    • the forecasting process
    • aviation weather forecasting products
    • aviation weather information sources
  • Weather evaluation for flight
    • self briefing procedure
    • weather evaluation process
    • developments in aviation weather resources
  • Appendix
    • Conversion factors
    • Standard atmosphere
    • dewpoint and humidity tables
    • Standard codes and graphics for aviation
    • Glossary of weather terms
    • Internet and printed resources
    • Review Question answers


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