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IFR under pressure: we're not talking about the anxiety of a slam-dunk vector. The subtleties of the mundane altimeter setting really matter--especially for IFR in the high hills. Nov 1, 2012 1761
Blind to the ice: an official FSS briefing may not be perfect, but at least it gives you a clear picture of the hazards, right? Nope. It also lacks the critical element of strategy. Dec 1, 2010 2048
Weather and IFR delays: it's been two hours since your weather check and you still haven't taken off. How long is too long when hit a departure delay? Sep 1, 2009 2303
Dangerous air on NEXRAD: telltale NEXRAD signatures can tip you off to the motions of air around thunderstorms. There's more to watch for than a tornado's hook. Jul 1, 2009 1908
Navigating past t-storms: conventional wisdom of 20 miles is too much some days and not nearly enough other days. Here are a few tips to help tell the difference. Jun 1, 2009 2115
Forecast ice gets better; our favorite icing tool just got improved again, but with new capabilities comes a danger if you don't read the fine print. May 1, 2009 411
Convection on the Skew-T: thunderstorms are predicted for your route, but how likely are they to pop up at your destination? A Skew-T might help you know. Mar 1, 2009 1807
Graphical turbulence: turbulence-predicting tools aren't as good as ones for icing or thunderstorms, but they're getting better and worth a look. Jan 1, 2009 1433
Airmets get graphic: tired of Airmets for icing the size of Montana? some relief is coming from the official weather channels. Report Nov 1, 2008 1133
Low down on a missed: start your missed from below the MDA/DA, and the obstacle alligators can bite hard even when you fly the published procedure. Jul 1, 2008 1915
Using the Skew-T log (p): once you untangle yourself from all those squiggly lines, you'll find the footprints of cloud layers, fog, turbulence, and ice. Jun 1, 2008 2744
Polarimetric radar: the next generation of ground-based weather radar has some cool tricks up its sleeve, but don't expect to see them soon. May 1, 2008 780
A strategy for WX savvy: you can glance at the charts and then blindly accept Flight Service's prediction, or you can use a system to find what most pilots miss. Apr 1, 2008 1934
Reading a Skew-T log (p): to get Joe Cool points for magically finding the ice- and bump-free altitude, you have to understand the meteorologist's crystal ball. Mar 1, 2008 1961
Try the other missed: four out of five approaches are required to have a second published missed approach procedure. Too bad it's not on your chart. Dec 1, 2007 964
Getting inside the Worx: there's more to using those pretty WxWorx images than just staying out of the red. Here are the top items nobody bothers to tell you. Nov 1, 2007 1766
Go/no-go in today's GA: do high-end avionics and safety equipment affect the go/no-go decision? You bet. The real question is: Should they? Sep 1, 2007 1953
The stealthy storms: embedded thunderstorms can be deadly poison for any IFR flier. The best antidote is reading the signs before takeoff. Aug 1, 2007 1771
WST climatology: a typical July evening in Kansas will spawn its share of thunderstorms, but don't expect a Convective SIGMET (WST). Here's why. Jul 1, 2007 933
Fly through a forecast: no matter what you fly, getting the most from your aircraft means matching your weather plan with your performance envelope. May 1, 2007 2963
Finding the big drops: what we teach about freezing rain is true less than 10 percent of the time. During the other 90, there may be no safe haven above you. Mar 1, 2007 2580
Pump up your web WX: we all use the internet as a key factor in our go/no-go call, but few of us truly have a clue. Here's a game plan that works. Jan 1, 2007 2535
Cool-earth fog: unless you fly heavy iron with autoland, fog can make finding the pavement impossible. Predicting it isn't easy either. Oct 1, 2006 1576
Using winds aloft: winds aloft forecasts are one of your best tools for flight planning and fuel saving, but you need to know the whole story. Aug 1, 2006 1896
Tomorrow's NEXRAD: the forecaster's crystal ball is getting better and better. Soon that loop of pretty NEXRAD images will show rain that hasn't fallen yet. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2006 1547
Procedure turn follies: cold logic dictates when you must fly the published procedure turn even though common sense may say otherwise. Column May 1, 2006 2535
How to ace an IPC: if winter meant little flying due to frosty clouds, then it's time to review what the hell you're supposed to be doing up there. Apr 1, 2006 2006
Eye on the sky: thunderstorm avoidance is easiest when you see them a ways off. Some folks in Oklahoma look for storms eight days in advance. Mar 1, 2006 2124
The appleman line: Putting your life in the hands of a tool to predict icing? You'd best know where that data is coming from. Feb 1, 2006 1696
The end of AIRMETS: AIRMETs and Area Forecasts are going the way of the A-N radio range, and their replacements don't require No-Doz to use. Jan 1, 2006 1416

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