Warm Temperature Operations


  • With the warm weather of spring and summer brings good weather, so to does it bring a flurry of pilots who've hibernated in their hangars most of the winter

Warm Temperature Operations:

  • Beware of changes to aircraft performance, and increased traffic

Thermal Activity:

  • As the temperature increases, particularly over uneven terrain, thermals will develop
  • While thermals in the context of aviation is most often associated with gliders, it can still impact powered aviation
  • Turbulence can develop, and if significant enough, warrant a pilot report


  • Always consult the aircraft's Pilot Operating Handbook for special procedures and limitations (such as length of time operating on the ground) regarding hot temperature operations
  • For more information, reference AIM, Paragraph 7-2-3 , Altimeter Errors and AIM TBL 7-3-1, ICAO Cold Temperature Error
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