There is the common approach to a conversation when you meet someone and you don’t know what to speak about just talk about the weather. When two pilots meet this is often the first point of discussion and it is not just cursory as it would be with strangers meetings in the street. Any aviation school in Australia will speak about the weather more than once a day as it has a huge bearing on the way the aviation school’s day will progress. A normal secondary school would have a timetable that was set for its students with minor adjustments due to teacher absences or pop up excursions.
An aviation school has a similar timetable however it is constantly changing due to the various changes in weather. We’ve all heard of the wet weather timetable for recess or lunch that a school has. Well an Aviation school in Australia would have several wet weather timetables to adjust for the different daily forecasts. It may not be wet weather that changes the schedule it could be windy weather or extreme heat or fog or smokey weather that has been in some parts of Australia recently. That is why weather is spoken about by pilots more that the general public as it has a direct effect on a pilot’s flight. As an aviation school in Australia Tristar is good at adapting the student’s flying schedule to accommodate for the various weather conditions. It would be nice to only fly with clear blue skies and calm winds however the pilot’s skills would be limited.
In the more advanced stages of pilot training when obtaining an instrument rating the pilot learns to fly in cloud and poorer weather conditions. Once again it is important for the aviation school to teach the pilot about how to read and interpret a weather forecast with all the relevant buffers to ensure adequate fuel is planned for. Tristar Aviation pilot training school is in the south east of Australia where the weather is variable, four seasons possibly in one day. It gives pilots the opportunity to learn in a range of flying conditions which improves their overall skill. So the next time you bump into a pilot and don’t know what to say feel free to start with the weather and you are likely to have a conversation that could last you hours.