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Online Thunderstorm Avoidance MiniCourse at ASF

Thunderstorms are a fact of life during the summer months and whilst the various FAA knowledge tests provide a theoretical background to thunderstorms, how and why they form (remember you need moisture, an unstable atmosphere and a lifting action) and best course of action to deal with them (avoid by at least 20 miles), they can’t cover more real life situations…. ATC is a vital partner in dealing with weather aloft so its well worth knowing more about how they can help should you need to call on them.The ASF has a number of other online courses that are also well worth investigating, covering topics such as Mountain Flying, Airspace, Runway incursions, ATC and IFR operations.

Convective Sigmets

We’ve been running the 10 question daily quizzes on PrepareToTest for the various exams and as part of this we track the overall performance on each question – how many times it was attempted, how many times it was answered correctly, which answers were selected, etc. By looking at the scores its very obvious when people are having problems with a particular question or topic…. Today’s Private Pilot quiz had a good example related to Convective Sigmets.Private question 3495 had the following results:”What is indicated when a current CONVECTIVE SIGMET forecasts thunderstorms?”A – Moderate thunderstorms covering 30 percent of the area.