AVI110 - Meteorology

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This subject provides a detailed study of the theory of aviation meteorology.  Students will examine the physics, complex structure and movements of the atmosphere, and their influence on climate and weather conditions, including violent weather phenomena such as thunderstorms, cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hurricanes.  Various weather services, such as Environment Canada and Nav Canada will be discussed, as well as the information they provide to air crews for flight planning.  Students will learn to interpret weather reports and forecasts and use this information to mitigate flight dangers.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Aviation Commercial Pilot Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
-  describe the composition and structure of the earth's atmosphere
-  explain weather systems and storm development
-  identify weather hazasrds which impact aviation safety
-  recognize different types of clouds and describe their characteristics and the mechanisms that lead to their formation
-  list the types of winds in the atmosphere and describe the mechanisms of their formation
- describe the properties of various air masses and fronts to predict weather
-  retrieve, decode and interpret information from forecasts, satellite imagery and weather reports
-  understand the decisionmaking process undertaken by air crews in determining flight GO, DELAY or CANCELLATION related to meteorological conditions
-  use meteorological knowledge to plan safe flights under a variety of conditions, by proposing strategies to mitigate threats.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
-  properties of the atmosphere
-  global and local influences on weather and climate
-  humidity
-  clouds and forecasting
-  heating, cooling and stability
-  pressure and altimeter errors
-  air circulation
-  the planetary boundary layer
-  jet streams
-  air masses
-  frontal structures and associated weather
-  lightning
-  hail
-  visibility implications
-  transitions from IFR to VFR
-  thunderstorms
-  icing
-  types of turbulence
-  low level wind shear
-  conversions
-  isopleths
-  surface and upper air observations
-  meteorological equations
- broadcast meteorology

Weather Services
-  Environment Canada
-  Nav Canada
-  area, aerodrome and upper wind forecasts
-  weather reports
-  signets
-  radar reports
-  weather charts

Flight Planning
-  analysis and application of meteorological data to daily flight operations
-  mechanisms for avoiding hazardous weather
-  differences i planning for IFR and VFR
-  monitoring weather conditions in flight

Mode of Instruction
Classroom:  Lectures, video, self-study, in-class discussions and assignments.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Assignments should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late assignments are penalized. For particulars, please obtain standards, dated, etc. from your instructor. 

While attendance and participation in class discussions are not formally part of this evaluation schedule, you should be aware that absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve satisfactory grades. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of assignment requirements may be explained in class. There is no formal provision for make-up tests to replace tests you miss. 

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments 15%
Midterm Test 35%
Final Examination 50%
Total 100%

Examination Aids
All tests and final examinations are closed book. 

Approved by: Sharon Estok