Weather is an integral part of aviation and affects flight in many ways before you ever take to the skies. It’s extremely important sUAS pilots not only know current conditions but what is forecast to come. Learning about thermal inversions, wind shear (both speed and directional), circulation and local weather dynamics will help sharpen your skill as a sUAS pilot. Understanding weather, what certain conditions may mean to each flight will allow operators to better manage their time and their assets. This course provides an overview of aviation weather that sUAS pilots will find useful when planning day-to-day operations.
After completing this course, participants:
Will learn about:
- Atmosphere and Global Circulation
- Weather and Climate
- Clouds and Stability
- Weather Forecasting
Will be able to describe:
- Air Mass Types
- Lapse Rates
- Stages of Thunderstorm Development
- Types of Fog and Clouds
Will be able to distinguish:
- Pictures of different Cloud Types
Global Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate
1. Atmospheric Composition
2. Thermal Profile of the Atmosphere
3. Global Wind Patterns and Circulation
4. Coriolis Effect
Weather and Climate
1. Air Masses
Storms and Weather Fronts
1. Types of Clouds
2. How Clouds Form
4. Lapse Rate
5. Temperature Inversion
6. Types of Fog
8. Weather Fronts
Windshear and Forecasting
2. Vertical and Horizontal
3. Development of Windshear
5. Greatest Dangers
6. Windshear and sUAS
1. Weather Predictions
2. Weather Forecasting
1. Factors that will affect your flight
Flight Service District Offices (Nation-wide)
Airport directory for the United States;
Enter your state and county then submit – Then select under Reports (Airport Contact Information)
Wxbrief (For NOTAMs)
Where you would go to log in and enter your NOTAM for your flight (and to review other NOTAMS issued)
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, represents more than 7,500 members from 60+ allied countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.
is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is the premier community-based organization in the United States for model aviation enthusiasts.
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