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Searles Lake T-33 Shooting Star 1/9/10 :

Searles Lake T-33 Shooting Star 1/9/10

Joe Idoni

Updated: Aug 27, 2015 8:05pm PST

ALLIANCE AIRLINES : Alliance Airlines are one of the main charter airlines in Australia.

ALLIANCE AIRLINES

sirsteveINcairns

Alliance Airlines are one of the main charter airlines in Australia.

Updated: Aug 19, 2015 2:44am PST

Ft. Lauderdale International :

Ft. Lauderdale International

Alex Feldstein Photography

Updated: Aug 09, 2015 9:57am PST

Recent additions : Have created this gallery to show selected recent additions which will eventually be moved to the appropriate gallery.
This helps regular (and new) visitors to see what's been added recently or since their last visit.
There will be duplicates of aircraft taken on different days and these will be reduced to the better shots.
Photos taken mostly from the mound or beach areas.
Latest additions 27 July 2015.

Recent additions

paggsy

Have created this gallery to show selected recent additions which will ...

Updated: Jul 27, 2015 3:03am PST

TIGER AIRLINES : TIGER AIRLINES AUSTRALIA

TIGER AIRLINES

sirsteveINcairns

TIGER AIRLINES AUSTRALIA

Updated: Jul 21, 2015 5:02pm PST

Miami International :

Miami International

Alex Feldstein Photography

Updated: Jul 19, 2015 3:08am PST

Interesting WX : A good pilot is always learning, hence this collection of weather images that show interesting weather elements.  Over the years I've been collecting and saving wx shots when it turned interesting.
It helps to make the link between "that image" and the "real live weather" when confronted with weather info before a flight.  Making the "go/no-go decision" is an important phase prior to any flight.
Assessing the weather is a fundamental responsibility that comes with the pilot's license.  Taking the decision "I cancel this flight" isn't always the easiest one, but mostly the wisest.

Synoptics
The famous "Synoptic surface charts" assist in putting numbers on the weather, as well showing frontal activity, strong winds and a basic outlook. It is very wise to check what's coming your way.
Is that Low bringing humid instable air from over the sea, or is a nicer High changing the whole picture? Penetrating a cold front is definitely not what one wants to try with a light aircraft.  An approaching front, even small, can create gusty conditions that exceed the demonstrated crosswind limitations of your machine. The same applies for the visibility with the associated precipitation.

Monochrome satellite image
Secondly, the good old basic "monochrome satellite image" is very useful. It shows the location of clouds, Lows, fronts relative to the map.  Also, even with only black and white colours, a first impression of the clouds can be made.  The more white the cloud, the higher its altitude. TS's are clearly visible and mostly well defined when not embedded. They scream: avoid.

Lightning
Online wx radar images help to have an idea of what the wx is producing.  Is it just light rain or are some huge cells present producing heavy showers?
Blitzradars assist in this matter as well as they indicate TS activity.

Intensive Rain
A very useful satellite photo regarding this matter is the ”Multi-Sensor Precipitation Estimate” of EUMETSAT. The MPE helps to look for areas with intensive rain, often convective precipitation. 
Useful websites are www.meteox.com and www.buienradar.nl 
On these, 'the red stuff' is certainly to avoid. Knowing the dominant wind aloft certainly helps to circumnavigate these more safely and planning a better route.

Snow
During winter, the colored "Snow RGB" of EUMETSAT is worth consulting. It helps in the detection of fog and low clouds and especially: snow during day-time. This is not obvious on the standard monochrome photos. Due to the channels used the absorption of snow and ice particles show results in the red spectrum. Clouds with ice particles appear orange (small particles) to red (large particles). When snow crystals are present on the ground its shows full red. Fog and  low clouds appear rather white.

Fog
Nice IR pictures exist showing fog and low clouds very clearly. These are very handy, especially at night.

Surface winds
Anything that helps to improve your situational awareness is a plus. Websites used by outdoor sportsmen, sailors or kitesurfers are among them. Surface winds for locations that don't have METARs are quickly checked on www.windfinder.com

Uncontrolled aerodromes rarely show weather information. On flat land, interpolating between METARS of surrounding aerodromes can prevent stupid moves. 

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Interesting WX

Xaverius

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Updated: Jul 15, 2015 11:56pm PST

Planes :

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Bouchez Photography

Updated: Jul 10, 2015 8:56pm PST

Joint Services Open House Airshow 2008 : Photos from the 2008 Joint Services Open House airshow at Andrews AFB

Joint Services Open House Airshow 2008

Rob

Photos from the 2008 Joint Services Open House airshow at Andrews AFB

Updated: Jul 03, 2015 3:02pm PST

WEST WING AVIATION : WESTWING AVIATION CAIRNS

WEST WING AVIATION

sirsteveINcairns

WESTWING AVIATION CAIRNS

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 10:43pm PST

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