Ajay Raghavendra

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Ajay Raghavendra is an Aviation Officer with the U.S. Army (New York National Guard). He holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY-Albany and graduated with honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Meteorology and Computational Mathematics. Ajay holds the FAA Commercial Pilot and flight instructor certificates (CFI/II/MEI). He has participated in two cloud-seeding projects. As a strong advocate for aviation safety and education in the general aviation community, Ajay is active as a FAASTeam representative (FAA Safety Team) with the Albany Flight Standards District Office.

Windshear: The Science, Equipment, and Mitigation

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A series of thunderstorms and windshear-related air carrier accidents culminating with the crash of Delta 191 during final approach into DFW had a profound...

What Type of Icing is on the Plane? 

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Icing is a triple threat that impacts the aerodynamics, performance, and handling of an aircraft. While the threats of icing are reviewed and examined...

Beautiful Mountains, but Turbulent Skies

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You’re flying your usual leg from Salt Lake City (SLC) to Dallas (DFW) for the hundredth time on another beautiful sunny day with blue...

Why are runways often oriented perpendicular to the shoreline?

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The construction and design of an airport is not a trivial task. Planners consider a multitude of factors such as economic impact, potential for...

What’s Behind that Cold Front?

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Thunderstorms are one of the most significant hazards to aviation. For instance, on 12 January 2023, a relatively strong cold front dominated the eastern...

The Clashing of Air Masses

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Seasons play a significant role in disrupting aviation operations. Summers are characterized by intense thunderstorms and heat. For instance, density-altitude-related performance degradation resulted in...

Understanding the Characteristics of the Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL)

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Aircraft operate in the Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) during the critical phases of flight, e.g., takeoff, climb-out, low altitude cruise flight, approach, and landing....

Take those Left or Right Deviations for Weather

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Thunderstorms are an essential part of the Earth’s weather system, but these storms are a significant hazard to aviation. In fact, thunderstorms harbor all...

White Jet Trails across a Blue Sky

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We often observe aircraft condensation trails (commonly, contrails) at high altitudes. These long cloudy streaks form behind the turbofan engines that power airliners. The...

Going with the flow!

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Consider a distance of 100 NM and a true airspeed (TAS) of 100 kt. Under a zero-wind condition, an aircraft will cover this distance...

Aero Crew News 2024 Photo Contest Winners

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Grand Prize Winner Enduring the Storm: C-118 Stands Strong - Todd K. McGuire Air Force Base boasts numerous iconic static exhibits, among them the C-118, a...

Southwest Airlines to Seek Dot Approval for Daily Nonstop Service Between...

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DALLAS /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. will apply to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for new, daily nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and...