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Difficult Conditions

  • Cloud, snow, showers, white out, bright out - effects on visibility, disorientation, illusion, work load
  • Merging terrain – foreground with distant
  • Dirty windscreen versus clean
  • Precipitation on screen affecting judgement
  • Gradient of snow covered areas, depth perception
  • Sun/shadow effects
  • Both pilot and aircraft performance are diminishing while performance required is increasing
  • Effects of difficult conditions on aircraft management including:
    • distractions
    • fuel
    • icing
    • visual reference
    • attitude control
    • altitude/hypoxia
    • aviate, navigate, communicate
    • below VHF radio coverage levels
    • SARTIME management
    • orientation
    • decision making, including pilot attitudes
    • temperature extremes, temperature factors
    • turbulence
    • air movements including significant up or down flow
    • wires and obstacles e.g. wind farms