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Knowledge of the atmosphere and the forces acting within it to create weather is essential to understand how weather affects a flight. By understanding basic weather theories, a pilot can make sound decisions during flight planning after receiving weather briefings. For additional information on the topics discussed in this category, see the following publications as amended: AC 00-6, Aviation Weather For Pilots and Flight Operations Personnel; AC 00‑24C, Thunderstorms; AC 00-45, Aviation Weather Services; AC 91-74, Pilot Guide: Flight in Icing Conditions; and chapter 7, section 2 of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM).
- Weather Theory – Atmosphere
- Coriolis Force
- Measurement of Atmosphere Pressure
- Altitude and Atmospheric Pressure, Flight, and the Human Body
- Wind and Currents (Part One)
- Wind and Currents (Part Two)
- Atmospheric Stability (Part One)
- Atmospheric Stability (Part Two)
- Air Masses
- Fronts (Part One)
- Fronts (Part Two)
- Fronts (Part Three)
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