Severe Weather Flying, 3rd Edition


At the outset of his book, Dennis Newton reminds readers that Severe Weather Flying is not about flying in severe weather, but about how to detect  and therefore avoid it, with advice on how to escape it if you become caught in it accidentally.

Author Dennis Newton is a meteorologist, weather research pilot, engineering test pilot, ATP, and flight instructor, and he speaks pilot to pilot in this valuable guide on how not to fly severe weather. He believes that given the knowledge, pilots can truly lessen their chances of being caught in thunderstorms and other extreme weather conditions. This book was written with that goal in mind: to impart enough meteorological information in a way pilots can best grasp and use it.

While the emphasis is on types of weather that are potentially hazardous to flight, this is not a “cry-wolf” diatribe: with each type of weather discussed, the author provides rational answers to the pilot’s very sensible question, “So what?” -also examining what the capabilities and limitations of airplanes and equipment are for avoiding and in dealing with severe weather. Pilots as a group are more than conservative enough to keep themselves safe if they are only given the facts.

But meteorology can be a tough “language” to crack and not always clear to the lay person. Newton translates and brings across the most crucial principles pilots can use to fly more wisely in weather. Severe Weather Flying is as valuable for seasoned veterans as for relative newcomers, and applicable to VFR, IFR, piston, turbine, low- and high-altitude operations.


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