Meteorology for Gliders

this course is designed to broaden and enhance the glider pilot's knowledge of aviation weather

Meteorology for Gliders is designed to broaden and enhance the glider pilot's knowledge of aviation weather, particularly in relation to low-level planning and safety.

The course is aimed at glider, hang-glider and paraglider pilots of all levels of competency with an interest in meteorology, or to help delegates prepare for the meteorological elements of the BGA Bronze 'C' badge.

Course length: Two days

Location: Courses can be run at the excellent Met Office College facilities at our Exeter headquarters or can be arranged on request for group bookings of 10 or more at a location of your choice.

Aim: To increase the pilot's understanding and awareness of gliding meteorology.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • have an improved understanding of general meteorology including pressure systems, air masses and frontal systems;
  • understand the basic forces acting on the atmosphere, and their relationship with the wind;
  • have an improved level of interpretation of aviation forecast products;
  • understand the concepts of atmospheric stability, and their impact on cloud development;
  • have a basic understanding of how to interpret weather satellite and radar rainfall imagery;
  • be introduced to the interpretation of Met Office computer model charts.

Customer quote about the Meteorology for Gliders course

"I came to this course with many years of interest in weather and instructing in gliding. I found this course very useful."

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Last updated: 20 December 2013