AOS 152: Weather for Pilots is web based course offered by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS 152). This course is an applied meteorology course designed primarily for pilots and student pilots. The goal of the course is to provide a learning opportunity for those interested in studying advanced aviation-weather topics. It is designed to review and extend a pilot's background in meteorology. In addition to covering basic principles of meteorology, the course highlights the weather problems with which you can be faced as a pilot.Learning Objectives
Weather for Pilots includes many interactive exercises that teach you how to read weather maps, how to interpret satellite images, and help you understand why and how different weather occur.How to Proceed
The course requires a web browser that is Java enabled.
The course book is Aviation Weather, 2nd edition by Peter F. Lester. Published by Jeppesen (www.jeppesen.com)(ISBN 0-88487-273-4).
A new lesson will be posted each week, usually by Tuesday morning, Each lesson includes three parts: background material (along with a reading assignment), practice session, and an assignment. The learning objective of each lesson is clearly described at the beginning of the lesson. The assignment will be due the following Tuesday morning--you can submit the assignment anytime during the week. All assignments will be submitted over the web, and must be submitted before the due date or they will not be recorded, and therefore not count.
With regard to grading. Each assignment will be worth a certain amount of points, which will be listed with the assignment. You accumulate points towards a final grade. Typically, the grades are based on the percentage of points accumulated: A 92%, AB, 88%, B 82%, BC 78%, C 70%, D 60%. I do not curve up, but will curve down (i.e., I may make 90% an A). Around the second week you will be able to check how you are doing over the web.