Radar & Satellite Weather Interpretation for Pilots, by Terry Lankford

Radar & Satellite Weather
Interpretation for Pilots

by Terry Lankford

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In this work, satellite and radar are examined for their application to piloting and flight operations.

The first part looks at weather satellites: how they work, how pilots and aviation-associated persons can interpret and apply satellite images, ultimately to avoid flight hazards. Equal emphasis and explanation is given to the limitations of satellite imagery in flight applications. Weather radar fundamentals are outlined in the second part: products and equipment, limitations, and application in the flight environment. The text closes with a section on risk evaluation and decision-making. Reference information and maps to plot radar locations, along with lists to decode location identifiers, are provided. It explains limitations of satellite and radar resources to flight application, and draws the relationship between satellite, radar and lightning detection.

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Introduction to Radar
Thunderstorm Avoidance Systems
Radar Weather Products
Introduction to Satellite Imagery
Geographical and Weather Features on Satellite Imagery
Satellite Interpretation and Application
Flight Planning Strategies
Evaluating Risk

Appendix A: Weather Report and Forcast Contractions
Appendix B: NWS Weather Radar Chart and Locations
Appendix C: Weather Advisory Plotting Chart and Locations
Appendix D: Geographical Area Designators


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Recent breakthroughs in radar and satellite imaging and communications technology have put a tremendous amount of potentially life-saving weather-related data at a pilot's disposal. This heavily-illustrated, expertly written resource explains how to obtain, interpret, and effectively apply all this information. Radar & Satellite Weather Interpretation For Pilots thoroughly describes the usefulness - as well as limitations - of radar and satellite imaging in flight planning and operations and offers in-depth coverage of key topics such as:

- Geographical Features - Weather Features - Interpretation and Application - Maps and Codes - Equipment Reviews - Lightning Detection Equipment - Image Illustrations - Flight Planning Strategies - Risk Evaluation - And more You'll also find reference information and maps to help plot radar locations and lists to decode location identifiers. Although Radar & Satellite Weather Interpretation for Pilots includes an in-depth review of satellite and weather radar fundamentals as applied to flight, it is far more than a collection of facts - it is a working tool that teaches pilots solid decision-making and risk assessment skills.

The author, who is a former FAA Weather Specialist and a consultant for NASA includes valuable case study examples of misinterpretation and prevention techniques as well as actual weather scenarios used to apply flight planning strategies. If you are looking for clear and up-to-date information on satellite and radar weather interpretations for flight operations, your search ends here.


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