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action that causes air to rise, cool as it rises,
and condense into clouds, which in turn
produce showery or continuous rain, snow,
and-if conditions are just right-ice pellets
(sleet) and freezing rain. Thunderstorms
can happen in fronts during the warmer
months, but they can also pop up when the
sun heats the surface, causing moist air to
rise into the monster-sized cumulonimbus
clouds we're all familiar with.
As a pilot, you'll learn all about fronts
and thunderstorms, and why you need
to steer clear of them. Fortunately, many
cockpits now have display screens that
show detailed radar imagery of precipitation contours and locations, making it
much easier to make informed deviations
around thunderstorms. Not so in the " bad
old days " (before the 1990s), when you only
had your eyeballs to keep your distance
from cloud buildups. Which, by the way, is
still the preferable way to avoid buildups.
Once you earn your private pilot
certificate, you'll be able to qualify for the
instrument rating, which will allow you

Paired with an ADS-B or satellite receiver, electronic
flight bag apps on your iPad can bring weather
information to the cockpit.

Putting off your PILOT'S LICENSE
or INSTRUMENT RATING?
Craving a SEAPLANE RATING?
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to fly solely by reference to instruments.
This lets you legally fly in clouds and fog.
But even so, being legal isn't blanket permission to charge off into a front. Some
fronts and storms demand more respect
than others, so avoidance is always the
safest option.
Does all this sound too off-putting?
True, weather is complex. And it has its
own language, full of jargon, abbreviations,
and code words. But you'll learn all about
it. Some flight schools and instructors
give in-person instruction. Online courses
let you learn over the internet, and many
weather websites and apps let you explore
meteorology to your heart's content.
By the time you fly solo you'll look
at the sky with new eyes. Instead of
wondering about that umbrella, you'll be
wondering if you can climb above that
scattered cloud layer and fly in the clear,
smooth air above it. Up there, you will
need sunglasses.
tom.horne@aopa.org

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