an in-depth discussion of the logic of aviation weather and basic
theory, Collins takes you along on 46 actual cross-country flights. The
anecdotes provide a valuable education in weather interpretation,
forecasting and decision making.
"Weather is what you find, not what you expect to find." — Flying the Weather Map
There is nothing so valuable in aviation as experience. In Flying the Weather Map
veteran aviator Richard Collins shares his extensive experience with
all pilots, offering proven techniques for weaving preflight forecasts
and inflight observations into the fabric of safe and successful
After an in-depth discussion of weather theory, Collins takes us
along on 46 actual cross-country flights from his own logbooks: From
solid IFR to marginal VFR, we fly with him in his light airplane in all
weather and in all seasons. Each flight begins with a depiction of that
day's weather maps, general conditions, and charts showing the intended
and actual routes. Mile by mile the flight is analyzed in Collins' clear
and deliberate style, constantly comparing weather theory and the
preflight information with the actual conditions beyond his windscreen.
The decisions these comparisons lead him to along the way — diversions
to alternates, new route requests, and even returns to his airport of
origin — become our own hard-won experiences.
Aviation's most crucial decisions are when to fly, when not to fly,
and when to turn tail. Using an understanding of how weather works and
details of how weather phenomena affect actual flights, Flying the Weather Map teaches us how to do our own "inflight weather-casting" and make these decisions safely and soundly.
Also by Richard Collins:
- Confident Flying: A Pilot Upgrade
- Tips to Fly By
- Flying IFR
- Instrument Flying Refresher
- ATC & Weather: Mastering the Systems