Lesson 1
Chapters 1 & 2
Lesson 2
Chapter 3 & Instrument Supplement
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Chapter 4
Lesson 5
Chapter 5
Lesson 6
Chapter 6
Lesson 7
Chapter 7
Lesson 8
Chapter 8
Lesson 9
Chapter 9
Lesson 10
Chapter 10
Lesson 11
Wind Shear and Turbulence
Lesson 12
Lesson 13
Lesson 14
Case Study/Self-Briefing
Lesson 15
Case Study/Self-Briefing
Lesson 16
Case Study/Self-Briefing

AOS 152 - Weather for Pilots


The last two assignments are Lesson 14 (due last week) and Lesson 15. Both deal with giving yourself a weather debrief. you can do Lesson 16 for extra credit (I have to get grades in by the 23rd).

Solutions to the MN weather lesson below can be found at http://profhorn.meteor.wisc.edu/wxwise/MNsol.html

Review time. The next lesson is due Tuesday Nov 5. It is a bit of review and is related to the recent aircraft accident involving Sen. Wellstone. The crash occurred on Oct 25th,in the NE part of Minn. around 10 to 11 am. While hindsight is wonderful, there are some lessons to be learned from any accident. Below are the weather maps around and prior to the time period of the crash. If you were to be flying in Minnesota that morning, what weather would you be concerned about. What about in NE Minn? Be specific about times and weather at given stations. You can use the station IDs given in the image below. You may want to review material in chapter 6 as well as decoding the surface station. I realize these maps are not perfectly legible, but weather maps rarely are! Email me your answers at saackerm@facstaff.wisc.edu and put MINN. as a subject title. If you are interested in an on-line discussion of the weather on Monday afternoon (Nov 4), let me know and I'll try to arrange at time.

Minnesota weather on 10/15/02 at 13UTC

Minnesota weather on 10/15/02 at 15UTC

Minnesota weather stations

The next lesson is Lesson 6, due Tuesday October 30. Read Chapter 6, lots of material in this chapter. The multiple choice portion of the assignment is on the web page as well as an interpretation question submitted via email.


Lesson 4 is due by October 11. Lesson 4 deals with forces and leads to turbulence. There is a lot of supplemental material on the web. The multiple choice portion of the assignment is on the web page. I'll be emailing an additional question after the weekend. Answers to the Lesson 3 Countouring II can be seen at the following URL. I'll be replying to your email answers over the weekend.


Week of Sept 23. Complete Lesson 3 by Tuesday Sept 24. Lesson 3 deals with contouring and weather map analysis. It takes some time to learn to contour. This material is not in the book but it is important to experience contouring to help with future weather map analysis. Read the background, try the practice and then do the assignment. If many students have problems we will try an interactive collaboration over the web, so let me know how it is going and good luck.

Week of Sept 16 - Lesson 1 is completed, the multiple choice test is no longer available. Complete Lesson 2 by the morning of Tuesday Sept 24. Some folks still haven't sent me an email telling me why they want to take this course.

Week of Sept 9: For this week, complete Lesson 1. The assignment of lesson 1 will be available Thursday Sept. 12(I need to get the latest class listing.)

If you wish to take this course and are not a registered student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, or have questions about becoming a non-degree special student, contact Brad Hintze.

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.

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).

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.

My email address is saackerm@facstaff.wisc.edu I usually check my email for this course in the evening. All email correspondence should go to that email address.

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.

You can check your grades using this link

This web based course has been developed with assistance from the College of Letters and Science and the Cooperative Institute of Meteorological Satellite Studies. Material presented is Copyrighted (C) 2000 by Steve Ackerman . Feel free to use this material for non-profit educational purposes!