High Altitude Weather and Aerodynamics

High Altitude Weather and Aerodynamics

Our High-Altitude Weather and Aerodynamics course is designed to fulfill the requirements for pilots seeking the High-Altitude endorsement under 14 CFR Part 61.31(g).

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Our High-Altitude Weather and Aerodynamics course equips pilots with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle the numerous challenges associated with high-altitude flight, which include navigating different weather patterns, understanding physiological effects, and managing the impact of high altitudes and velocities on aerodynamics. It provides comprehensive training on these critical aspects and details proper emergency recovery procedures for situations like hypoxia and decompression incidents. 

Topics discussed include an exploration of the atmosphere and its significance in high-altitude flight, the dynamics of mach flight, understanding and navigating the jet stream, strategies for dealing with clear air turbulence, recognizing and responding to hypoxia, the dangers of coffin corner, managing trapped gas issues, the essentials of decompression, and the fundamentals of respiration at high altitudes. Through this detailed study, pilots are well-prepared to safely and effectively conduct flights in high-altitude environments. 

This course ensures pilots have a solid principal understanding of High-Altitude Weather and Aerodynamics necessary for many Part 135, Part 125, and Part 91 pilots and includes the elements required for the high-altitude endorsement under 14 CFR Part 61.31. 

Topics Addressed
  • The Atmosphere
  • Mach Flight
  • Jet Stream
  • Clear Air Turbulence
  • Hypoxia
  • Coffin Corner
  • Trapped Gas
  • Decompression
  • Respiration

Requirements and Resources

  • 14 CFR Part 61.31
  • 14 CFR 135.293 and 135.345
  • 14 CFR 91.1065 and 91.1101
  • 14 CFR 125.287
  • 14 CFR 135.331
  • 14 CFR 91.1083
  • AC 00-6
  • AC 61-107
  • IS-BAO Chapter 8

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