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CFI TOOLS

Air Masses and Fronts
What Will the Weather Do?

BY MACHTELD SMITH

WEATHER IS THE MOST CRITICAL AND COMPLEX VARIABLE AFFECTING
A PILOT'S FLIGHT PLANNING AND GO/NO-GO DECISION. But accurately

interpreting weather charts to formulate a clear, big weather picture ahead
of a flight can often be taxing. For example, the concept of frontal movements
and associated weather patterns can be a challenge to teach and grasp. But it
doesn't have to be.
The Air Safety Institute's Weather Wise: Air Masses and Fronts safety
advisor lifts the curtain on air masses, fronts, regional weather, and highand low-pressure systems (airsafetyinstitute.org/safetyadvisors/
airmassesandfronts). Share the advisor with your students before sending
them off on a solo cross-country, so when they look at a prog chart, trying to
connect the dots of the weather pattern to an upcoming flight, your students
will have a better understanding of how that weather will impact their flight
path. It will help them consider all the factors, like if things might change at
their destination and if the weather will hold up for their return flight. It will
help them understand the large-scale forces that create weather and prepare
them to come to the right decisions. The animations, videos, and visual
cues explain weather in a simple and effective way, so they'll know what to
expect when frontal boundaries collide. Work with your students to test their
knowledge and review subjects that are still fuzzy. Their newfound skills will
make a world of difference in effective preflight and in-flight decision making,
long after your students have passed their checkride. This advisor is also a
great tool for brushing up on weather theory during flight reviews.

Sponsored by

Safe pilots are always learning, and the Air Safety Institute's goal is to ensure
pilots have a wealth of information to keep flying safely. Our educational
programs are funded through donations from pilots dedicated to forwarding
that mission. Show your support by donating to the AOPA Foundation today
(aopafoundation.org/donate).
Machteld Smith is an aviation technical writer for the Air Safety Institute.
She holds a commercial pilot certificate with multiengine, instrument, and
seaplane ratings.


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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3

CFI-to-CFI Newsletter—Vol. 10, Issue 3
CFI Notes and letters
CFI Notes: Did You Know? ASI's In-Person Flight Instructor Refresher Course—Then and Now
On landings—Finding the Sweet Spot
Safety Seminar: Difficult Decisions—What Would You Do?
Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI News
CFI Tips: Maintenance Minded—Get Your Hands Dirty!
ASI Message: We Need Mentors Like You
Real Pilot Story: Backcountry Flight—One Way In, No Way Out
Standards Dissected: ACS Tidbits and Beginnings
Chart Challenge: I Follow Railroads
You Can Fly: The AOPA Flight Training Advantage—Take a Sneak Peek
Safety Quiz: Obstacle Departure Procedure
CFI Tools: Air Masses and Fronts—What Will the Weather Do?
Chief's Corner: Get Excited—Share that Excitement!
Safety Tip: Hot Starts—Demystified
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI-to-CFI Newsletter—Vol. 10, Issue 3
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI Notes and letters
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI Notes: Did You Know? ASI's In-Person Flight Instructor Refresher Course—Then and Now
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - On landings—Finding the Sweet Spot
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 9
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Safety Seminar: Difficult Decisions—What Would You Do?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI Tips: Maintenance Minded—Get Your Hands Dirty!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 17
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 19
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - ASI Message: We Need Mentors Like You
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 21
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Real Pilot Story: Backcountry Flight—One Way In, No Way Out
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 23
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 24
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Standards Dissected: ACS Tidbits and Beginnings
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 26
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Chart Challenge: I Follow Railroads
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 28
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - You Can Fly: The AOPA Flight Training Advantage—Take a Sneak Peek
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Safety Quiz: Obstacle Departure Procedure
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 31
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI Tools: Air Masses and Fronts—What Will the Weather Do?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Chief's Corner: Get Excited—Share that Excitement!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 34
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 35
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Safety Tip: Hot Starts—Demystified
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