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6 Things You Need To Consider As Summer Weather Heats Up

1) Thermals

As the ground heats up, rising columns of air cause turbulence, making it hard to hold altitude, and causing your passengers to get sick. Nobody wants that to happen in your plane.

2) Decreased Performance

Because warm air causes density altitude to increase, overall performance of your plane decreases.

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3) Physical Exhaustion

Heat takes a significant toll on your body. Making sure you stay hydrated before and during a flight is important.


4) Thunderstorms

Moisture, an unstable atmosphere, and a lifting force - it's the recipe that's almost always present during the summer. And because of it, thunderstorms can appear in places they weren't expected.


5) Engine Leaning

Because density altitude is higher on hot days, leaning procedures need to be exaggerated, especially during ground operations.

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6) Birds

Birds in the spring and summer are a significant concern, especially for arriving and departing aircraft.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at

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