Aviation Weather – AVIA 340

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course is a study of weather hazards, meteorological flight planning, aviation weather equipment and human factors as related to flight safety in all weather conditions.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course will help the student develop a better understanding of the atmosphere; the aviator’s operating environment. Once the operating environment is understood, the student will then have the knowledge required to maximize aircraft performance, while minimizing exposure to weather hazards.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamentals of aviation weather.
  2. Correlate the effects of weather with flight operations.
  3. Analyze the availability and usage of aviation weather resources, both in the forecasting arena and also the various sources and products that are available to the pilot in order to conduct safe flight operations.
  4. Use the Internet to obtain useful training and operational weather information.
  5. Describe the legal requirements of familiarity with enroute weather required by the FAA before conducting a flight.
  6. Evaluate the real life ramifications of weather hazards by studying weather related aircraft accidents.
  7. Contemplate scriptures that promote wisdom when safety is paramount during hazardous situations.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 3 Discussion Board forums in this course. Each student will post an initial thread of 400-500 words on the assigned module week for each DB. In addition, the student must then post 2 replies of 250 words on the following Monday (end of the same assigned module week). (Friday for replies and responses in DB #8). These are intended to be scholarly dialogues and for each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with proper scholarly support in APA format with sources listed as References at the end of the post.

AOPA Certificates and Reflections (4)

The student will complete 4 specific AOPA Weather Wise Online Interactive courses. The student will watch video presentations, interact with them, and then take a quiz for each course. Once the student has passed the quiz successfully, a completion certificate will be e-mailed to him/her from the website. Each certificate will be submitted to the instructor along with a 50-word summary of what the student learned.

Case Study

The student will submit a 10–12-page Case Study on a weather-related aircraft accident. Current APA format must be used with a minimum of 5 sources (does not include NTSB report) cited. 

Interactive Study Activities (7)

Within each module/week’s Assignments folder, the student will find interactive study activities. These activities are to provide the student with an additional resource to help learn the material covered within this course. The interactive activities will be graded for completion. Each student is HIGHLY encouraged to view the material thoroughly to best prepare for weekly quizzes and course exams.

Quizzes (2)

The student is required to complete 2 quizzes in this course. The quiz format will be open-book/open-notes and consist of various type questions. The student will have 50 minutes to complete each quiz.

Final Exam

The student will be given 1 hours and 30 minutes to complete a comprehensive final exam. The exam format will be open-book/open-notes and consist of various type questions, as well as essay questions. The student must provide between 250–300 words in response to the essay question.