The science that governs the weather also governs flight. No doubt that weather can contribute to the potential for problems when a plane takes to the sky, but how concerned should you be about it? One of the most common weather sensations we experience in flight is called clear air turbulence, but it is highly unlikely to cause you any more problems than some rattled nerves. So what are your pilots more likely keeping an eye out for weather wise? We explore these topics and more in this episode.
If you want to dig into topics from this episode a bit more, here are some links for you:
- ExplainThatStuff – Airplanes
- Airplane turbulence: a pilot explains why you can relax
- Air turbulence: two experts debunk the myths
- Can aircraft trails affect climate?
- Intensification of winter transatlantic aviation turbulence in response to climate change
- Lightning and Other Weather Threats to Airplanes
- The ‘plane’ truth: Why wind, snow, or lightning can delay your flight
- What weather conditions can be dangerous for a jetliner in mid flight?
- How does ice cause a plane to crash?
- Pilot captures unbelievable photo of haboob sweeping over Phoenix
- This incredible thunderstorm photo was taken from a plane over Panama City
And now for the episode …