Understanding the Sky: A Sport Pilot's Guide to Flying by Dennis Pagen

By Dennis Pagen

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This e-book eloquently compresses two decades of ultralight event and meteorological examine by way of revered writer Dennis Pagen. It explains what and the way climate impacts us. If you've ever puzzled why the air behaves how it does, this publication is for you. the best emphasis is on small-scale effects-exactly the place we fly paramotors. It completely disguise every thing from turbulence to thunderstorms. The chapters on raise assets and flying potency by myself are definitely worth the cost of this publication.

Understanding the Sky is your key to accomplish convenience within the air. the main useful source for rather realizing climate that is affecting paramotor pilots. in addition to creating a commonly boring topic fascinating, Dennis Pagen is a skilled illustrator who convey the ideas to existence.

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Certain types of clouds are created by air that rises too slowly to sustain flight while widespread clouds block the sun and prevent further lift from developing. We must view clouds from both sides-good and bad. A bit later we will identify the friends and enemies of pilots. LIFTING THE AIR There are three main causes of lifting in the air. They are frontal movement, rising terrain and surface heating. Let's look at each one to understand how it works (see figure 19). Frontal Movement – When large masses of air move an appreciable distance they generally encounter air of a different temperature.

We have placed them in the medium high category but in reality they can be much lower and when it is a thunderstorm we are talking about it can have a base as low as 3,000 feet (1000 m) and tops up to 75,000 feet (25 km). Stratocumulus clouds are often formed when cumulus clouds created by thermal currents reach an inversion layer which they cannot penetrate so they spread out into stratus layers. This is the overdevelopment situation and these clouds often have a somewhat lumpy bottom even though they are layer types.

Figure 38 - Cloud Signs of Turbulence Cumulus clouds indicate turbulence caused by thermals. The amount of cloud boiling in a cumulus head and how ragged it is help determine how strong the lift and how strong the wind is. Strong conditions generally relate to strong turbulence. Any time clouds are torn apart we should expect turbulence. Other clouds such as rotor clouds and cumulonimbus thunderheads are signs of extreme turbulence. Stratus clouds in general are signs of gentle conditions, but when they are formed where two different layers of air are mixing or shearing, they can indicate turbulence.

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