Fri, Nov 21, 2008
Online Course Explains Dangers Of Freezing Temps, Precip
The weather outside is already
frightful in some areas of the United States... which makes now the
perfect time for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation to launch its
latest online course, dealing with the effects colder weather can
have on your flying plans.
Icing and precipitation are two of the greatest weather-related
dangers pilots face. And because pilots apparently quickly forget
that basic flight training lesson, the ASF has just launched its
newest online course, 'Weather Wise: Precipitation and Icing.'
"An alarming number of pilots become accident statistics because
too many of them underestimate the dangers of precipitation and
icing," said Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air
Safety Foundation. "This course will remind them how to recognize
the hazards of precipitation and ice, develop a strategy for
avoidance, and react appropriately if and when they encounter
'Precipitation and Icing' is the fourth in the Air Safety
Foundation's ongoing series of online courses intended to help
pilots better understand the environment they fly in. Development
of the Weather Wise series is partially funded by NOAA's National
Weather Service, Mark Jon Bluth and the Slick Family
The course is divided into seven sections, including one on
precipitation -- which very graphically demonstrates how quickly a
simple rain shower can decrease visibility to near zero. Another
section deals exclusively with icing, including the
too-often-overlooked induction icing which can rob an engine of the
oxygen it needs to operate.
The purpose of the course is to make clear that dealing with
icing and precipitation begins long before a pilot leaves the
ground and continues throughout the flight until safely on the
ground once more.
As with most AOPA Air Safety Foundation courses, 'Weather Wise,
Precipitation and Icing' is free and available to all pilots -- not
just AOPA members -- and qualifies for the FAA Wings proficiency
program upon successful completion of the quiz at the end.
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