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Climatology for Airline Pilots

Climatology for Airline Pilots

Roy Quantick

ISBN: 978-0-470-69847-1

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

296 pages



Climatology - particularly the study of difficult and demanding weather conditions - is of major importance to pilots now that aeroplanes fly over previously unavailable routes such as the North Pole and take direct routes over very large oceans.

Existing books on climatology address physical, biological or cultural environments and do not supply adequate information for the pilot. Nor do the present books on aviation meteorology provide sufficient detail on subjects such as arid climates, tropical storms and upper tropospheric winds and temperatures.

This new book concentrates on aspects of climatology that are important for modern aviation, including temperature, precipitation, solar radiation, winds and regional climatic environments from around the world.

Although the book has been written with the airline pilot in mind, it will also be an essential reference for Air Transport Pilot Licence training staff and for ATPL students. It will also be of interest to operational route planning staff and students of climatology.

Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Global air circulation; The global overview; Upper winds and jet streams; Easterly convergence waves; The inter-tropical conference zone or equatorial trough; Tropical storms; Upper air temperature and tropospheric heights; Polar climates; The climatic zones; Route and area climatology - introduction - North Atlantic; Weather in the Arctic; Arctic regions of Norway; Europe; Mediterranean; Africa; Middle East; Arabian Gulf to Singapore; Singapore to Japan; Singapore to Australia; South West Pacific region; Australia; New Zealand; The Pacific; North America; The Caribbean; South America and South Atlantic; Route weather, Dakar to Recefe; El Niño anad La Niña; Appendices; Glossary; Index
* the first book to look at aviation climatology rather than meteorology
* an important subject now that commercial aeroplanes fly in difficult climatic conditions
* based on the new Europe-wide Joint Aviation Requirements (JARs) Training Syllabus
* written by an experienced aviation trainer, who has written two books on agricultural aviation