TOPIC: “Weather-to-Fly Revisited”
As soaring meteorology forecasting has become more sophisticated with the use of numerous computer algorithms and computer modeling, there still exists a need for soaring pilots to intuitively understand the basic meteorological lift processes that enable soaring flight to better understand what computer modeling is offering the community. Utilizing diagrams, pictures, and narrative descriptions, Dan Gudgel will present aspects of atmospheric lift mechanisms. The information presented will be useful as an introduction for new soaring pilots but yet still provide a review of the concepts for experienced pilots and flight instructors.
Dan has been around aviation his entire life in varying capacities in aerial application, flight instruction, air charter, and a glider tow-pilot. He has been a Certificated Glider Pilot since 1984, holds a Glider Flight Instructor Certificate (among other instructor certificates), and is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for the Glider Category based in Central California, accumulating over 6500 hours in various categories of aircraft.
As a professional meteorologist with the National Weather Service, he has served as a contest meteorologist for local, regional, national, and international soaring events including two World Gliding Championships since 1979. Continuing to fly and do contract meteorology work, Dan also contributes weather-related material within an informative series entitled “Weather-to-Fly” in SOARING Magazine.