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.

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...

Taxi, Takeoff, Landing and Ice Skating?

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The threats from winter weather are not limited to flight, but also produce potentially hazardous conditions for push-back, taxi, takeoff and landing. Improper ground...

Check HOT before Takeoff

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Holdover time (HOT) helps pilots determine the temporal effectiveness of the deicing procedure across a wide range of temperatures and precipitation intensities. Often, colder...

Get Out! You’re on Thin Ice

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Professional pilots undergo frequent recurrent training and education. However, some evaporation of knowledge from the classroom is expected with time. This winter, my goals is to...

Foggy Fall Flying

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METAR from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (KBUF) on October 26th, 2021 at 0754 EDT KBUF 260354Z 02009KT 3/4SM R23/P6000FT -DZ BR OVC002 10/09 A2973 RMK AO2 SLP070...

2023 Aero Crew News Photo Contest

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We are all photojournalists. We carry amazing equipment in our pockets and have the ability to capture a moment in time that is worth...

ALPA Applauds the US House for Passing the NOTAM Improvement Act

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) Improvement Act following a system failure that forced the FAA to issue...