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AVP 211 - Meteorology for Pilots


Description:
Meteorological processes and weather hazards applicable to the flight environment.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)

Assessment

Upon completion the student will:

 

 

The student will:

1. Calculate upper level temperatures using known lapse rates and surface temperatures, and convert temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit using the rough approximation conversion formula.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

 

2. Identify the characteristics of the “standard atmosphere” including lapse rate, temperature, pressure, and tropopause height; calculate the temperature at any altitude in the standard atmosphere.

 

Participate in class in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations; discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

3. Recognize the effects of the seasons on the temperature distribution in the atmosphere and identify four major ways energy is transferred in the atmosphere.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

4. Differentiate between the different types of pressure systems, interpret wind speed symbology for a given station plot and predict general wind flow speed and direction by interpreting isobar spacing around highs and lows as indicated on a surface weather chart.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

5. Calculate the amount and direction of indicated altitude error for any given incorrect altimeter setting, recognize the effects of nonstandard temperature on altimeter indications, and identify the factors that affect density altitude.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

6. Explain what causes wind and identify factors that affect its speed and direction.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

7. Distinguish between the characteristics - both speed and direction - of surface winds and geostrophic winds above the friction layer.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

8. Determine approximate heading corrections needed to maintain a given track when flying to and from a high or low pressure system and when flying through a frontal zone.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

9. Identify the factors that determine the stability of the atmosphere and differentiate between the characteristics of stable and unstable air, to include turbulence, visibility, type of cloud and precipitation.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

10. Compare temperature/dew point scenarios to determine water vapor content, capacity and relative humidity.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

11. Recognize the characteristics of the different kinds of fog and the characteristics of low, middle and high strato- and cumulo-type clouds, and use a formula to determine the approximate the base of convective clouds using surface temperature/dew point values.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

12. Recognize the difference between obscurations and layers aloft in METAR observations and list the abbreviations used for the various cloud and precipitation types.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

13. Identify the difference between runway visual range (RVR) and tower, prevailing and runway visibility.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

14. Contrast the weather phenomena that occur when a ‘typical’ cold front or ‘typical’ warm front passes a location, to include speed, frontal slope steepness, temperature, stability, pressure and wind change, visibility and cloud type; and recognize the signs of approaching freezing precipitation associated with a frontal system.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

15. Name the various causes of thunderstorms and identify the characteristics of the three stages of their development.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

16. Recall the different types of thermally-driven winds and recognize the signs of mountain lee waves.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

17. Define low level wind shear (LLWS), identify the characteristics of the different sources of LLWS, and recognize the effects of decreasing and increasing performance shears on aircraft performance.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

18. Identify the various sources of in-flight turbulence, including thermal, mechanical, frontal, thunderstorm, mountain wave, jet stream and clear air turbulence (CAT); distinguish between the different FAA-turbulence intensity definitions.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

19. Name the different types of airframe icing and recognize its effects on aircraft performance.

 

Participate in class discussions, answer questions from the class lecture notes, Canvas online quizzes, and the midterm and final examinations;

20. Using materials presented in class, identify hazardous weather conditions and determine methods to avoid them.

 

Write a paper on how to best avoid or mitigate the effects of one of the weather hazards discussed in class.

 





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