How the Weather Affects Your Flight — The Atmosphere and Winds

As Brits, we devote an abnormally large part of our conversation to the weather. Awkward silence in a lift? Talk about the weather. Spending time with your grandparents? Talk about the weather. Caught in a freak downpour? Talk about the weather. Yet, it’s no surprise, as this phenomenon, which we have no control over, plays such an important part in our everyday lives. This is even more so if you’re a pilot.

Understanding the weather plays a massive part in ensuring that an aircraft gets safely from A to B.

The weather and sky conditions are to a pilot what the ocean and waves are to a sailor. Understanding the weather plays a massive part in ensuring that an aircraft gets safely from A to B. Wind, temperature, air pressure and visibility are all important factors in not only how the aircraft flies but also how the punctuality and comfort of your flight will be affected.

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