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The Winds of Flight – a meteorologists guide to flying

Whilst searching around for weather-related websites I came across Henry Robinson’s online book entitled “The Winds of Flight”. Mr Robinson developed this e-book from his experiences teaching meteorology to pilots and his desire to spread his knowledge of his field to as many people as possible. Its written in a very readable style based on real world examples rather that the traditional theoretical approach found in other texts.

There are any number of excellent texts discussing aviation-related weather, some of my favorites being Robert Buck’s Weather Flying, Thomas Horne’s Flying America’s Weather and Jeppesen’s Aviation Weather is also a very well illustrated text book. When I stumbled across The Winds of Flight I was pleasantly surprised to find such quality material available for free and I certainly applaud Mr Robinson for taking this approach. He writes in a very personal style, recounting flights and the associated weather decisions, introducing weather theory along the way. Im still working my way through his extensive material but I wanted to mention it here with the hope of directing a wider audience to his door. I have reproduced the table of contents below with the direct links to the chapter text.

The Winds of Flight by Henry W. Robinson
© Henry W. Robinson, 2001,2004

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – The Lower Part of the Three Dimensional Atmosphere
Chapter 3 – If Hot Air Rises, How Come Its Cold Up Here?
Chapter 4 – Simulating the Weather
Chapter 5 – Fronts, Lows, and Highs
Chapter 6 – Seeing the Big Picture
Chapter 7 – Stratus Clouds and Fog
Chapter 8 – Cumulus Clouds and Thunderstorms
Chapter 9 – Thunderstorm Avoidance
Chapter 10 – Mirages in Sound, Light and Radar
Chapter 11 – Local Circulations
Chapter 12 – Lake Effect Storms
Chapter 13 – Halos and Rainbows
Chapter 14 – Getting Weather Information
Chapter 15 – The Beginning
References and further reading

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