Meteorology: for Private Pilot and PPL weather theory, reports, forecasts

Meteorology

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ISBN-13:
9780955517730
Copyright Date:
2011
Edition:
2nd
Other Identifiers:
VOLUME 4
Pages:
334
Binding:
Paperback
Dimensions:
11.0" x 8.5"
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Covers meteorology, weather reporting and forecasting in compliance with JAA/EASA standards for airplane and helicopter pilots. Includes 185 PPL style exam questions.

Pilots need to strive to acquire a deep understanding of, and respect for, the weather if they are to be confident of planning and conducting their flying in a safe and expeditious manner. This bookís primary aim is to provide both student and qualified general aviation pilots with pilot-oriented instruction in the theory of Aviation Meteorology and to teach them how to use their knowledge of weather theory to interpret meteorological forecasts and reports in order to carry out effective flight planning. A further important aim of the book is to help student pilots prepare for the theoretical knowledge examination of the JAR-FCL/EASA Private Pilotís Licence (PPL) in the subject of Meteorology. This book is also suitable for those students preparing for the United Kingdom National PPL ground examination in Meteorology, as well as for those students preparing for English-language PPL examinations in Meteorology, outside Europe. It is hoped, too, that this book will constitute a sound introduction to the subject of Aviation Meteorology for those students preparing for professional pilot examinations. A wise man once said that whereas aviation, in itself, is not inherently dangerous, it is, to an even greater extent than the sea, terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. There is no aspect of flying to which this truth is more applicable than to that of the pilotís need to acquire a thorough understanding of the weather.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • METEOROLOGY
    • CHAPTER 1: THE ATMOSPHERE
    • CHAPTER 2: ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE
    • CHAPTER 3: ATMOSPHERIC DENSITY
    • CHAPTER 4: TEMPERATURE
    • CHAPTER 5: PRESSURE SYSTEMS
    • CHAPTER 6: ALTIMETRY
    • CHAPTER 7: HUMIDITY
    • CHAPTER 8: ADIABATIC PROCESSES AND STABILITY
    • CHAPTER 9: TURBULENCE
    • CHAPTER 10: CLOUDS AND PRECIPITATION
    • CHAPTER 11: THUNDERSTORMS
    • CHAPTER 12: WINDS
    • CHAPTER 13: VISIBILITY AND FOG
    • CHAPTER 14: ICING
    • CHAPTER 15: AIR MASSES AND FRONTS
    • CHAPTER 16: THE METAR
    • CHAPTER 17: TERMINAL AERODROME FORECASTS
    • CHAPTER 18: THE SPOT WIND CHART
    • CHAPTER 19: LOW-LEVEL FORECAST CHARTS
    • CHAPTER 20: WORLD AREA FORECAST SIGWX CHARTS
    • CHAPTER 21: THE SIGMET
    • CHAPTER 22: THE AIRMET
    • CHAPTER 23: THE VOLMET
    • CHAPTER 24: THE AUTOMATIC TERMINAL INFORMATION SERVICE
    • CHAPTER 25: WINDSHEAR
    • METEOROLOGY SYLLABUS
    • ANSWERS TO METEOROLOGY QUESTIONS
    • INDEX

This impressive set of 7 full-color, hardback textbooks are the finest, most professional ones we have seen. Although specifically developed for the European JAA/EASA PPL and the United Kingdom National Private Pilotís Licence (UK NPPL), we have found their content to be extremely useful to pilots in any country, at any stage in their flight training. They offer detailed lessons on every important topic, and are filled with hundreds of full-color graphics to reinforce key concepts. Includes JAA-style review questions.


Review of the Oxford Ground Training Series PPL Book Set

For as long as most of us can remember, two names have dominated the market for student PPL study books - Jeremy Pratt and Trevor Thom. But now there is another contender for trainee pilots' hard-earned cash. Oxford Aviation Training (OAT) has produced a seven-volume set of training manuals which is, quite simply, superb. I don't use that word lightly either. The books are designed for those training for a JAR/EASA PPL or NPPL. There is a volume dedicated to each of the core subjects - Air Law, Human Performance, Navigation, Meteorology, Principles of Flight, Aeroplanes and Radiotelephony. Each book covers the subject in precise detail and nearly every photograph and diagram is printed in full colour.

Looking at the pile of books on my desk brought back to me just how much information has to be absorbed to get that expensive CAA-endorsed piece of paper. But OAT has come up with a clever system to help the student pilot remember the important bits - or 'key points' as it prefers to call them. Down the edge of each page, are small coloured boxes marked by a key symbol, each containing what OAT considers to be the key point on that page. There are also other boxes in a contrasting colour, marked with a wings symbol, which denote points of good airmanship. However, don't be fooled into thinking that you can just learn the key points and pass all the CAA exams - there are no short cuts to fully understanding your subject. A training CD is supplied with the Navigation book explaining how to use a 'whiz wheel' flight computer, which makes understanding it much easier than using the books alone.

If I had to be really picky, I would say that the books are written in a very 'matter-of-fact' way and that occasionally a more light-hearted approach might have made them harder to put down. But these books are for study and reference, not for entertainment - an easy point to overlook.

Today's Pilot Magazine - February 2008 - Page 85 (www.todayspilot.co.uk)

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