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Answers: Aircraft altimeter errors

By Jack Williams ©2015

Q: Can you help me understand in very simple terms altimeter error when flying from high to low pressure areas and from low to high areas?  I am studying it but its just not clicking.—Mark, Noblesville, Ind. A: To answer  your question I'll begin with some basic information about aircraft altimeters and then use the diagram below to help you see... »

Answers: Weather balloons and airplanes

By Jack Williams ©2015

Q: Hi, I enjoyed "Rise Up" in the March 2010 AOPA Flight Training magazine.   I wonder about  the danger of those weather balloons and noted your  comments about there being "no danger" as it's floating down under parachute. But really, hasn't there ever been an incident or accident associated with one of these balloons where one of them (either... »

Answers: Weather Radar

By Jack Williams ©2015

Q: I have been reading your column in AOPA Flight Training magazine for several years and I wanted to let you know you have inspired me to become very interested in the weather and especially how it effects my flying. My question is about where I can find the raw SD radar weather reports.  I see them briefly mentioned in... »

Williams promotes book in the Midwest

By Jack Williams ©2015

CHICAGO -- Two Chicago television stations interviewed Jack Williams on July 28 about The AMS Weather Book. First, Tom Skilling interviewed Jack on his WGN TV  Midday News weather  show.  In his promo for the interview, Skilling said: "A... »

Aviation Contributes to Better Forecasts

By Jack Williams ©2015

This column originally appeared in the June 2005  issue of Flight Training Magazine. ©By Jack Williams and Flight Training Magazine.  All Rights Reserved Piecing together weather Aircraft weather data alphabet soup Here are some of the acronyms for aircraft weather data systems. ACARS: Aircraft Communication Ad-dressing and Reporting System, operated for the airlines by Aeronautical Radio Inc. (ARINC) -- the communications link between pilots... »