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Hiram Weekend College
Aviation Weather - a non-lab science (physics)
Summer 2015 - July 14 - 20, 2015
Credit Hours: 4
Text: Aviation Weather - AC06 - U.S. Goverenment Printing Office
Two tests - 20% each totaling 40%
Class Presentation - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Field Trip - 15%
Course Description: Everyone knows that severe weather is hazardous to flying aircraft, but good weather can be very dangerous as well. On a hot summer day, for example, the air might be so thin that it will not support the aircraft causing it to crash shortly after takeoff. Landing at a high altitude airport, with a tail wind, or near a microburst can be hazardous as well. This is a course in weather and how it effects aircraft performance. Meteorology will be studied in detail to a point where each student will be able to forecast the weather. Aerodynamics will be explored so the student not only understands how and why an aircraft flies, but also the many configurations and phenomena that will prevent an aircraft from performing.
aviation accidents and their cause will occupy several lessons in the course.
Field trips will be taken to airports
where aircraft will be examined and weather-forming terrain will be observed for
wind currents and cloud formations. FAA airport personnel often give this class
tours of control towers, radar rooms, and airport operations.
Aviation Weather is a very interesting and enjoyable course. Although this course is a non-lab physics course, there is no heavy math allowing all students to understand the concepts presented.
Roger F. Cram
Adjunct faculty and FAA Commericial Pilot and Flight Instructor
Syllabus - Aviation Weather - Summner Northwoods
Day One: Traveling to Northwoods (Lectures and videos in van)
Text: Chapter Two - Temperature
Chapter Three - Atmospheric Pressure and Altimetry
Lecture: Introduction to course: What is Air Pressure?
PowerPoint: Air Temperature and Pressure affecting Aircraft - slides 1 - 26.
Aircraft wing and control surfaces (rudder, elevator, flaps, ailerons)
Airspeed vs. ground speed
Aerodynamics - lift, thrust, weight, and drag, (roll, pitch, and yaw)
Air Speed Vs. Ground Speed
Film: Runway incursions - human failure
Film: Storm Chasers
Film: Tornado, Hurricane, and Flood
Class Presentation Assigned - 15 minute talk on selected subject - To be presented on Day 7 driving home
Choices: 1. What Makes an Airplane Fly
2. The Coriolis Effect
3. Airspeed vs. Groundspeed
4. Cold and Warm Fronts
5. Wingtip Vorticies and Wind Shear
6. Cloud Types and Formations
7. Density Altitude Factors On Aircraft Performance
9. Altimiter Settings as You Fly
10. Forecasting the Weather
11. Types of fog
Field Trip: To Lake Superior shore lines to study cloud formations
Chapter Four - Wind, cross wind
Airport runway markings & compass points
Chapter Five - Moisture, Cloud Formation, and Precipitation
PowerPopint: Air Route Traffic Control System & Radar (ARTCC)
Lecture: Altimeters and Airspeed Indicators
Exam one issued on Session One and Two - due on day three
Field Trip: The sand dunes at Lake Superrior, cloud formations over the dunes.
Chapter Six - Stable and Unstable Air
Chapter Seven – Clouds
Lecture: IFR/VFR/Flight Directions/Density Altitude/Altimeter Settings
Film: Coriolis Effect & Satellite Views
Field Trip: Seney Wildlife Refuge to study micro-weather patterns and phonomena
Airspeed Indicator and Altimeter operation
Chapter Eight - Air Masses and Fronts
Film: Aircraft Accidents
Go over first test - review air pressure, ground speed and air speed
Lecture: Aircraft Performance Factors
PowerPoint: Air Temperature and Pressure affecting Aircraft - starting on slide 27
PowerPoint: Aircraft Performance
PowerPoint: Microburst / Wind Shear / Vortices
Field Trip: To Internatioinal Airport, control tower and airport tour
Text: Chapter Nine – Turbulence
Chapter Ten - Icing
Chapter Eleven - Thunderstorms
PowerPoint: Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
Lecture: Forecasting the Weather
Exam two issued on Session Three, Four and Five - due day six
Exams collected from Session 5
Class presentations: 15 minutes each, assigned in Session One
Day Seven: Travel back to Hiram in van
Course review, final exams, student presentations, given in van during trip home.
PowerPoint Aviation Weather presentations
used in class
(allow time to load)
|PowerPoint Presentations||Internet Aviation Links|
Aircraft Performance Charts
Angle of attack/stalls/wind tunnel
Angle of attack/stalls/wind tunnel 2
Departure stall 2
Departure stall - angle of bank
Wing string stall demo
Weight / Lift / Thrust / Drag
Approach stall demonstration
Landing Oscillations / porpoising 1
Landing Oscillations / porpoising 2 / xwinds
Exceeding structural integrity of the aircraft
Flaps and spoilers during landing
Aborted crosswind landing
Crosswind landings 2
Jet blast on takeoff
Jet blast on takeoff 2
Just for fun
Just for fun 2
Just for fun 3
Just for fun 4
Just for fun 5
Density altitude takeoff
Density altitude stall in turn
Aircraft Icing in Flight
Instrument Landing IFR
Landing in the Hudson River - Bird Strike
One Wing Landing (fake)
One wing landing Fraud Revealed
Wingtip Vortices 1
Wingtip Vortices 2
Wingtip Vortices 3
Coriolis Effect 1
Coriolis Effect 2
Coliolis Effect 3
Sample Test One
NOTICE TO STUDENTS - THIS TEST HAS BEEN
EMAILED TO YOUR HIRAM COLLEGE EMAIL ADDRESS
PRINT Name ___________________________________________100 possible points
SECTION TWO – Fill in the blank. 3 points each, total 15 possible points
SECTION THREE – True and false. 2 point each, possible 10 points
_____ true _____ false
Elevators control roll.
18. _____ true _____ false The rudder controls yaw and is turned by the control wheel or yoke.
19. _____ true _____ false Ailerons control pitch and are manipulated by using the aircraft’s control wheel or yoke.
20. _____ true _____ false A westerly wind means the wind is blowing out of the east and toward the west.
21. _____ true _____ false An aircraft taking off on a hot day with low pressure will need less runway length than on a hot day with high pressure.
SECTION FOUR – Multiple Choice: 2 points each, possible 14 points
22. An aircraft’s wing has an angle of attack formed by (a)
the upper camber and the cord line (b) the lower camber and the upper camber (c)
the relative wind and the flight path (e) the chord line and the relative wind
(e) None of the above.
23. An aircraft is flying due west at 6,000 feet. At this altitude, the wind is blowing from west to east at 50 mph. The aircraft is traveling at 200 mph through the air. What is the aircrafts airspeed? _______
24. In 24 above, what is the aircrafts ground speed? _______
25. Circle all that apply. An aircraft has a high angle of attack when (a) Flying fast (b) Flying slowly (c) Landing (d) Taking off (e) very heavy and overloaded
26. A hot-air balloon is at 6,000 feet above the ocean. The wind is westerly at 35 mph. What is the balloon’s airspeed? (a) west bound at 35 mph (b) east bound at 35 mph. (c) zero (d) west bound at zero mph (e) east bound at zero mph (f) none of the answers are correct.
27. If an aircraft’s transponder is squawking 7700, it means the pilot is
(a) experiencing an emergency (b) experiencing radio failure (e) being hi-jacked (d) flying on his own without contacting the controllers
28. Once an aircraft lands at an airport and taxis off the runway, the pilot is asked to contact for further instructions (a) ground control (b) control tower (c) departure control (d) clearance delivery (e) approach control
SECTION FIVE – Identification – 2 points each, possible 12 points
29. Aircraft Parts Identification
A ____________________ B ___________________ C
D ____________________ E ___________________ F ___________________
Identification, 2 points each, possible 12 points
A ____________________ B ___________________ C ___________________
D ____________________ E ___________________ F ___________________
31. 3 points - Based only on the wind direction, what runway would pilots select for takeoff and landing at the below airport? The wind is westerly (270 degrees) at 20 MPH. Runway number____________
SECTION 6 – Short Essay – use extra sheets of paper if needed – 4 points each, possible 12 points
32. Explain what makes an airplane fly discussing Bernoulli’s
33. Explain how a barometer works during high and low
34. What make a rubber suction cup stick to a window?
Pictures of hurricane Katrina and other stuff for your enjoyment and wonder:
|Hurricane Katrina||Hurricane Katrina||Hurricane Katrina|
|Double Rainbow||Rainbow||Rainbow on Cirrus Ice Crystals|
|Thunderstorm||Cloud Shadow||Cloud Shadow|
Name (PRINT)____________________________________________Possible 100 points
SECTION ONE: FOG - 2 points each = 10 possible points.
Write in the name of the fog as indicated by the description.
- Moist air advancing from a body of water over colder land = ________________
- A clear night with no clouds = ___________________________
- Moist air being cooled as it is blown up hill = ____________________________
- Moisture evaporating from a wet forest floor after a rain = __________________
- Water evaporating from a lake saturating the air forming fog = _______________
SECTION TWO: 2 points each = 12 possible points. Fill in the blank.
- The standard lapse rate is ____ degrees Fahrenheit per 1,000 feet of elevation.
- Lines on a weather chart connecting points of equal pressure are called ________ bars.
- The stage of a thunderstorm when the rain hits the surface is called the ___________________ stage.
- _____ true ____ false On an airplane the red navigation light is located on the left wing.
- _____ true ____ false An airplane flying east bound from Chicago to Cleveland is allowed to be at an indicated altitude of 10,000 feet.
- _____ true ____ false An aircraft’s altimeter is connected to the static vent, but the airspeed indicator is connected to both the static vent and the pitot tube.
SECTION THREE: AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE - 16 Possible Points
14. Place a checkmark next to EACH phenomenon that would reduce an aircraft’s performance and require a longer runway for takeoff.
____Cold outside air temperatures
____Warm outside air temperatures
____ High barometric pressure
____ Low barometric pressure
____ Hard surface runway
____ Grass or gravel runway
____ Runway clean
____ Runway with snow or puddles of rain water
____ Aircraft heavily loaded
____ Aircraft light in weight
____ High altitude airport
____ Sea level airport
____ Upslope runway
____ Level runway
SECTION FOUR: Multiple Choice 2 Points each = 10 Possible Points
- Why does all weather move across the United States from the west toward the east? (a) Because of the earth’s tilt on its axis (b) Because of the prevailing winds (c) Because of the coriolis effect (d) Because of the hot air at the equator (e) Because mean ol’ Roger makes it do that!
- When will an airplane stall? (a) Anytime the pilot is careless (b) Anytime the pilot’s ground speed is to too slow (c) Anytime the aircraft exceeds the critical angle of attack (e) Anytime the pilot turns into a tail wind too quickly (e) Anytime a bird get sucked into a jet engine.
- What are the dangerous, spiraling, horizontal, tornado-like phenomena training each aircraft’s wing tips? (a) vortices (b) pressure degradients (c) spiraling slipstream (d) asymmetrical thrust generators (e) evil little flying spirits
- The problems with aircraft taking on ice while they are flying is: (a) Ice adds to the weight of the airplane (b) Ice changes the shape of the wind making it less efficient (c) Ice reduces the smooth airflow over the top of the wing endangering lift (d) All of the above (e) None of the above
- Water in the air will not freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit unless it has something to freeze onto. Such items are dirt, dust, birds, and airplanes. The technical name for anything in the air that water vapor can freeze upon or cling to is: (condensation nuclei (b) receptor residue (c) freeze-point particles (e) low-temperature collectors (f) funny little cute freezie things
SECTION FIVE: Use the Two Performance Charts and the pictured runway found at the end of this test): 4 points each = 12 possible points
- From the Cross-Wind / Head Wind Component Chart and the pictured Airport Diagram: An aircraft is landing on runway the runway pictured. The wind is blowing 310 degrees at 30 knots. What is the headwind component? ______ knots.
- From the Take-Off Chart: The pressure altitude is 4,000 feet, the outside air temperature is 20 degrees C., the aircraft weight is 2,500 pounds, the headwind component is 10 knots. What is the needed takeoff distance to clear a 50 foot obstacle? ______ feet.
- An aircraft is landing on runway 09, its airspeed is 100 MPH. The wind is 40 degrees at 20 knots. What is the aircraft’s ground speed? _______________ MPH
SECTION SIX: Short answer:
- 5 - points Circle the letter next to the term most commonly associated with the characteristics of warm fronts.
A. Good visibility B. Poor visibility C. Heavy showers short in duration D. Steady, long-lasting drizzle E. Rime ice F. Clear ice G. Smooth air H. Turbulence
I.Mostly cumulus clouds J. Mostly stratus clouds K. Fast moving L. Slower moving M. Tornadoes N. Possible freezing rain
- 10-points - List the factors that determine the severity of a thunderstorm.
- 20-POINTS - What eight factors, other than stupidity, most likely contributed to this aircraft accident? See the airport diagram pictured below. The more detailed your answer, the more points it is worth. A 4-seat plane occupied by four, big, college football players attempts to take off on runway 27 at an airport having a field elevation of 4,500 feet, but shortly after liftoff the plane crashes just past the end of the runway. The runway was slightly uphill, wet, and grass (not paved). The wind was 90 degrees at 20 knots. The temperature was 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the barometric pressure was 29.20 inches of mercury.
Airport Diagram for Question 25
You watched a PowerPoint presentation and a film on Global Warming. The film is presented from an unbiased point of view discussing the pros and cons of such an event. Write a paper discussing both views: (1) Global warming is coming for sure and it is cause from man’s pollution and lack of conservation (2) Global warming may or may not be coming, and if so it is a naturally occurring phenomena. (3) If global warming increases the average Earth’s temperature by 5 degrees, how will this affect aviation performance? Requirements: No less than 750 words. Illustrations are encouraged, but may not substitute for the amount of text.
Aviation Weather Term Paper Assignments
|Informative Links to Help in Research|
|Student's Name||Web link to Aircraft Accident for Research Paper|